Communication Systems Operator

Royal Signals

This is available as a part time Army role.

CYBER WARFARE SPECIALISTS AT THE HEART OF THE INFORMATION BATTLE

I PROVIDE AND MAINTAIN SECURE VOICE AND DATA COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEMS SO THAT EVERYONE FROM A FRONTLINE SOLDIER TO THE GENERAL CAN COMMUNICATE WITH EACH OTHER.

On the battlefield, the provision of voice and data communication systems are crucial. Commanders may need to speak to their troops or report back to the UK. This is why you are critical to winning the battle. Networks Engineers are expert in advanced satellite, radio and computing technologies.

You are given modern, industry-linked training and how to operate the equipment required to provide communication systems. You use your knowledge and skills to deliver advanced battle winning communications and conduct defensive cyber operations across the globe. You can receive a range of qualifications up to a degree and later, you can specialise as a Special Forces Operator, Advanced Cyber Operator or an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Operator.

Training For The Role

Step 1
Basic training teaches you how to be a soldier. You will learn how to survive outdoors, fire different weapon systems, fight on the modern battlefield as well as developing key life skills.

Step 2
Next, you learn the specialist skills you need for your role in Phase 2 with your paired Reserve unit, and at the Royal School of Signals. This happens mostly in the evenings and at weekends, with a 15 day continuous training period once a year. Once complete you will be fully integrated in an active deployable Reserve unit and be on a career path to become a communications expert.

Entry Requirements

Age: 17 years 9 months - 42 years 6 months
Fitness:
  • Mid Thigh Pull 94kg
  • Medicine Ball Throw 2.9m
  • 2km run 11m 15s (11m 30s for Junior Entry)
More information about the fitness test
Qualifications: GCSE Grade A-D/9-3 in English Language and Grade A-D/9-3 in Maths, Science or IT

Qualifications You Could Get After Training

  • Category B+E (car and trailer) driving licence
  • European Computer Driving License (ECDL) to Level 1 incorporating units 1, 2, 3 and 7
  • Professional registration with IET (ICT Tech) on completion class 1

Pay and Benefits

You'll get paid a day rate according to your rank, starting from £39.34 in training and rising to £50.21 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 have had an interest in joining the military, however instead of beginning a career in the Regular Army, I started a career in web design and joined the Army Reserves. With a background in information technology, the Royal Corps of Signals was an obvious choice. I have gained skills from service in the Royal Signals that I don’t think I could have developed in any other walk of life. By far the most exciting thing that I’ve done is learning to ski in Austria; this gave me new found confidence - and I got paid to do it too!"

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.

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