The role of the Royal Australian Engineers Corps is to increase our Army’s combat effectiveness whilst simultaneously reducing the enemy’s. If an enemy is to be overcome, it must be denied movement. As a Combat Engineer in the Army Reserve you make sure that this happens. Working within a nine man section, you’ll create bridges, build field defences, construct temporary roads, clear minefields, carry out high risk searches, repair airfields and demolish targets using explosives. You may also be required to perform a variety of tasks within your secondary role as an Infantry soldier. As well as learning specific trade skills, training as a Combat Engineer will help you develop a wide range of personal skills. Communication, leadership, personnel organisation, teamwork, problem solving, physical endurance and the ability to work under stressful conditions, are all part of being an Army Combat Engineer.

After your Recruit Training at Kapooka, the next step is your Initial Employment Training (IET). This involves three 15-day modules and one 12-day module. You can do these one after another, or one at a time, depending on your availability. During the courses you’ll be trained in demolitions, bridging, waterborne operations, explosive ordnance disposal, mine warfare and booby traps. You’ll learn about horizontal and vertical construction, planning operations, high risk searches and chemical defence just to name a few. You’ll also improve your Infantry skills such as weapons handling, shooting, fieldcraft, navigation and section patrolling and attacks. The majority of training is conducted at the School of Military Engineering, Moorebank in Sydney. Although some Units may offer internal training on different modules. During training, all travel, accommodation and meals are free. And you also earn tax-free pay. Once you finish, you’ll be a qualified Combat Engineer – ready to serve and train within your own Engineer Reserve Unit.



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