British Army Corps of Royal Engineers, Year of Engineering 2018 (Crown Copyright, 2018)

British Army Launches Year of Engineering

Corps of Royal Engineers Showcase Capabilities

The British Army launched its Year of Engineering at the Royal School of Military Engineering at Minley in Surrey, showcasing the breadth of Army engineering capabilities and opportunities to over 100 14-17 year olds from schools and colleges across the region.

The youngsters were given a scenario which requires a British Army humanitarian response. When responding to a humanitarian crisis a wide range of Army roles are involved in the operation, many were represented here and require a solid understanding of science and technology

The ‘Year of Engineering’ is a combined Government and industry led multi-agency campaign. It aims to inspire the next generation of engineers and encourage more school pupils and students into exciting and challenging engineering professions by raising awareness and understanding among young people of what engineers do.

The Army will showcase its engineering and technical expertise, capabilities and opportunities when it launches its contribution to the Year of Engineering at the Royal School of Military Engineering in Minley, Surrey.

One hundred 14-17 year-olds from schools and colleges across the region were invited to the Army’s launch event where the four technical and engineering corps: The Corps of Royal Engineers, The Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers, The Royal Corps of Signals and the Royal Logistic Corps will have hands-on interactive tasks to enthuse and challenge the youngsters.

Groups will experience the Army’s bridging capabilities, get stuck into the design and construct a military mobile bridge across a chasm. They will get to grips with heavy vehicle maintenance as well as learn how to, and then erect for themselves a radio communications network.

Top of the bill, youngsters will get firsthand experience of the cutting-edge EOD (bomb disposal) robot and the mighty CRARRV armoured recovery vehicle, the 62-tonne behemoth that is the pride and joy of the Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers.

According to the British Army, Royal Engineer soldiers (called sappers) are “unique, motivated and intelligent”. Sappers are multi-skilled soldiers, combat engineers and tradesmen, providing essential support to all areas of the British Army in peacetime and on operations.

The British Army’s Chief of the General Staff, Sir Nick Carter, earlier highlighted the unique contribution made by Royal Engineers in Germany where specialist amphibious squadrons of 75 Engineer Regiment are working closely with Bundeswehr counterparts.

Sources: British Army Year of Engineering; Corps of Royal Engineers; MOD.

Image: British Army Corps of Royal Engineers, Year of Engineering 2018 (Crown Copyright, 2018).