I’m keen to use my new skills on future deployments to places such as Kenya and the Falkland Islands.
Painting, plastering, tiling : you’re the person who adds the finishing touches to Army building projects. You could be working on hospitals, headquarters, military plants or bases, anywhere in the world.
Whatever the building, you’ll get it ready for use. First-class training teaches you about plaster boarding, scaffolding, glazing and more skills you can use in the civilian world.
Meanwhile, you can boost your CV by taking all kinds of qualifications, for example, to improve your Maths and English. When you’re not working, you can have plenty of fun with good mates, sports and Adventure Training.
16 years 6 months - 35 years 6 months
Step 1 You'll start with your initial military training which will teach you how to be a soldier - this will cover everything from fieldcraft to how to handle a rifle.
If you join as a Junior Soldier (under 17 years 5 months), you’ll do a 23-week basic military training course at Harrogate.
If you join as a Regular Soldier (over 17 years 1 month), you’ll do the regular 14-week adult basic training.
Age : 16 years 6 months - 35 years 6 months
QUALIFICATIONS : GCSE Grade A D / 9-3 in at least English Language, Maths and one other subject
FITNESS : Mid Thigh Pull 118kgMedicine Ball Throw 3.1m2km run 10m 45s (11m 30s for Junior Entry)
Step 2 Then it’s off to the Royal School of Military Engineering near Camberley for nine weeks. Here, you learn military engineering skills such as knots and lashings, demolition, mine warfare and bridge building.
Then it’s 24 weeks at the Royal School of Military Engineering in Chatham, learning about dry lining, painting, wall and floor tiling, planning and site safety.
Earn £15,230 during training. When your Initial training is finished, and you join your unit as a Sapper your pay will rise to £18,859.
Learn about rank progression here.
You’ll get paid a day rate according to your rank, starting from £37.47 in training and rising to £46.42 per day once you’re a Private.
This includes being paid for weekly drill nights. Plus, if you complete all of your annual training days, you’re entitled to a tax-
free lump sum called a bounty.More about Reserve benefits