Communications Engineer-Systems Engineer

Royal Signals

Deploy, engineer and maintain battle winning communications

“My training and experience enable me to engineer and maintain complex voice and data communications systems on operations worldwide”

You are vital to the success of battlefield communications. You will prepare, engineer and maintain operational and tactical Communications Information Systems to ensure that frontline troops and their commanders can communicate on deployment worldwide. Trained to a high level you will be able to engineer a range of systems including radios, satellite systems, computer networks and mobile communications as well as support a range of software applications.

On completion of training you will be promoted to Lance Corporal and will go on to specialist courses to enable you to become an expert in your field. You will receive a range of civilian recognised qualifications up to degree level. There are opportunities for you to apply your knowledge, skills and experience to specialist roles such as a Special Forces Communicator, Advanced Cyber Operator or an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Operator.


  • Become an expert and engineer and maintain and repair a range of communications equipment for use on the battlefield and on operations.
  • Get continuous personal and professional development including civilian accredited transferable qualifications.
  • Learn to drive and operate military vehicles ranging from a Land Rover or HGV to fully armoured fighting vehicles.
  • Promotion to LCpl on completion of initial trade training and then, if you excel fast track to Staff Sergeant.
  • Learn to instruct and pass on your expert skills and knowledge.


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 you will study to become a specialist at the Royal School of Signals in Blandford. Here you will begin the technical training you will need to fulfil your future role. You will study engineering fundamentals, networking and communications principles, static, mobile and wireless communications, software applications and defensive cyber techniques. With this new knowledge, you will learn how to communicate using military and commercial systems. In addition to this you will study the management, maintenance and operation of the equipment used regularly by the Royal Signals. You’ll practice these skills in a variety of environments in conjunction with developing your leadership skills to allow you to fulfil the role of Lance Corporal upon your promotion.


Age: 16 years 6 months - 35 years 6 months

QUALIFICATIONS: GCSE Grade A–C/9-4 in at least English Language, Maths and an IT or science based subject


Mid Thigh Pull 46kg
Medicine Ball Throw 2.9m
2km run 11m 15s (11m 30s for Junior Entry)

More information about the fitness test


  • Driving licences: B+E, C+E
  • Level 2 functional skills in Maths, English and IT
  • BTEC Level 2 certificate in Information Communications Technology
  • NVQ Level 3 as an Information Communication Technology (Professional)
  • City and Guilds Diploma for IT Practice Systems Support
  • Communications Cabling BTEC Level 3
  • Diploma in ICT
  • NVQ Level 3 ICT (P)
  • Advance Apprenticeship in Information Communication Technology (Professional) (ICT (P))
  • Professional registration with IET or BCS
  • City and Guilds in Advanced Diploma IT Practitioner Systems Support (Level 3)
  • FdSc Management of Military Information Systems
  • Higher apprenticeship in ICT (P) (Level 4)


Learn about rank progression here.


Earn £15,230 during training. When your Initial training is finished, and you join your unit as a Signaller your pay will rise to £18,859.

Golden hello available of £5,000 when you finish your Phase 2 training.


"I have been taught so many new skills; from building and maintaining networks, to working on rooftops fixing mission critical satellites. I mainly facilitate communications throughout the battlefield, this could be through a detachment to different capbadges – such as the Infantry or working with the Special Forces, or wider in a civilian or a tri-service environment so every day really can be different."


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.