The following should give you an idea of what training you may undertake in your first 5 years.

Year 1

  • Become a Trained Soldier

    • Attend the basic recruit training course and pass out as a trained soldier. This consists of 6 weekends and a 2-week recruits course.

Year 2 to 4

  • Become a Combat Engineer

    • Attend a 2-week Foundation course where you learn the basics of being a Royal Engineer such as power tools, bridge building and explosives.

  • Become a trained Geographic Technician

    • Attend a 2-week Intermediate Geographic course trade that teaches you everything you need to know to operate as a Geo soldier and learn to cross country drive and maintain a Land Rover

  • Attend a Leadership course to become a Lance Corporal

    • Attend a 2-week leadership course to prepare you to become a L/Cpl, promotion is based on aptitude.

Year 5

  • Further develop your Geographic trade skills at the managerial level

    • Attend a 2-week Advanced GEO TECH) Trade course and pass your civilian lorry license

    • Additional follow on activities including leadership courses for promotion, adventure training, familiarisation on driving military trucks and fork lifts, and learning survey and bulk reproduction skills


The above is a guide, some courses are modular so may be able to be done in a different order.


The key time constraint is how much time you can get off work, some have achieved this much quicker!

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