Driver-Royal Engineers

Royal Engineers

Want a career behind the wheel?

“The job is never boring and varies from driving tasks to vehicle servicing. I'd recommend it to anyone.”

Could you see yourself speeding across the battlefield in a Land Rover to help fellow soldiers? You could be doing just that as an Army Driver. We’ll teach you to drive all kinds of vehicles, from cranes to tank bridge transporters, in all sorts of conditions. That means you’ll get a range of driving licences. Later on, you could manage our fleet. You can also get qualifications – in IT for example – to help you build a career. And when you’re not learning? There’s Army life to enjoy: worldwide travel, sports and activities, plus the chance to make friends for life.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Get a range of driving licences
  • Drive off-road in challenging conditions
  • Learn basic maintenance and servicing
  • Drive a variety of military and civilian vehicles
  • Travel all over the world

TRAINING FOR THE ROLE

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.


Step 2
Then it’s off to the Royal School of Military Engineering Regiment near Camberley for nine weeks. Here, you learn military engineering skills such as knots and lashings, demolition, mine warfare and bridge building. Finally, you go the Defence School of Driving near Leconsfield for 12 weeks. Here, you learn to drive military vehicles, including Land Rovers, in combat and peace time.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Age: 16 years 6 months - 35 years 6 months

QUALIFICATIONS: No formal qualifications required

FITNESS: Lift 35kg, Carry 120m, 1.5 mile run in 13 min 15 sec (14 min 30 sec for junior entry)

More information about the fitness test

QUALIFICATIONS YOU COULD GET AFTER TRAINING

  • Variety of driving licences (Category B, C and C+E)
  • Civilian accredited qualification in transportation of hazardous materials

RANK PROGRESSION

Learn about rank progression here.

PAY & BENEFITS

REGULAR

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.

RESERVE

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

FROM THE FIELD

“The best part of my training was learning to drive such a wide variety of powerful military vehicles at such an early stage in my career. As a Driver within my unit I'm lucky in that I can use those skills on a daily basis, and still keep studying for extra qualifications. The job is never boring and varies from driving tasks to vehicle servicing. I'd recommend it to anyone.”

TRAINING FOR THE ROLE

Step 1
It all starts with basic training to turn you into a skilled soldier


Step 2
Then you take the Reservist Combat Engineer Class 3 course over two weeks. This teaches you basic field engineering skills. It’s then time for driver training at Leconfield. Here, you get your Cat B, Cat C and C+E licences. You’ll then learn to drive military vehicles, such as the Land Rover, 4 tonne Bedford truck, 6 tonne MAN SV and the SLDT (a type of truck).:

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Age: 17 years 9 months - 49 years 11 months

QUALIFICATIONS: No formal qualifications needed

FITNESS: Lift 35kg, Carry 120m, 1.5 mile run in 13 min 15 sec (14 min 30 sec for junior entry)

More information about the fitness test

QUALIFICATIONS YOU COULD GET AFTER TRAINING

  • Driving Licences – B, C, C+E, D, H
  • ADR Certification (Hazardous Materials)
  • HIAB

RANK PROGRESSION

Learn about rank progression here.

PAY & BENEFITS

REGULAR

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.

RESERVE

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

FROM THE FIELD

“I found the driving course to be very good. I went from having no licences to holding a C+E and also ADR Certification. I also managed to gain my D1 (Minibus) licence in the process. Other skills I have learned are servicing and maintenance of a variety of military vehicles as well as load restraint.”

HOW TO APPLY?

Once your online application has been approved, you'll meet with a local recruiter. This is your chance to tell us about the role that you're interested in. When you go to the Assessment Centre,you'll take tests - the results will show whether you'd be suitable for this role, or should consider a different role.