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About us

The Royal Monmouthshire Royal Engineers (Militia)

is the senior Reserve Regiment of the British Army with unbroken service to the crown since 1539. The Regiment’s current role is to provide formed groups of Combat Engineer Reservists for operations in the UK and abroad.

As Royal Engineers we train and are employed as Soldiers, Combat Engineers and Artisans helping all parts of the Armed Forces to Live, Move and Fight.

Who We Are

Originally an Infantry Militia charged with home defence, the Royal Monmouthshire Light Infantry became a Royal Engineer unit in 1896. The Royal Monmouthshire Royal Engineers (Militia) is therefore the only unit with two “Royals” in its title and the only Royal Engineer unit whose members wear the Prince of Wales Division cap-badge.

The Regimental Headquarters is based in the grounds of Monmouth Castle and at Vauxhall Camp, in Monmouth. The Regiment consists of three Field Squadrons of around 140 personnel based out of a number of Army Reserve Centres located in the West Midlands, South Wales, Bristol and the Channel Islands.

The Royal Monmouthshire Royal Engineers (Militia) Army Reserve Centres are in:

  • 100 Field Squadron (Militia): Cwmbran, Cardiff and Bristol
  • 108 (Welsh) Field Squadron (Militia): Swansea
  • 225 Field Squadron (Militia): Oldbury, Stoke-on-Trent and Cannock.
  • Jersey Field Squadron (Militia): St Helier and St Peter Port.

The Regiment is part of 25 (Close Support) Engineer Group based in Bulford which sits under the command of 3 UK Division, we provide the Group with an organic Combat Engineer capability. To develop and maintain this capability the Regiment trains alongside Regular Combat Engineer Regiments and supports them on exercises and operational deployments when called upon.

Established for 511 Reservists and Regulars The Royal Monmouthshire Royal Engineers (Militia) employs people with a wide range of skills and from a variety of backgrounds. Our aim is to make the Army Reserve experience as challenging, diverse and rewarding as possible.

What We Do

The Royal Monmouthshire Royal Engineers (Militia) is a Combat Engineer Regiment and as such we train as Soldiers, Combat Engineers and Artisans. Our role is to deploy teams from 3 to 140 strong on operations in the UK and abroad.

We train to deploy on operations to complete the following types of mission:

  • Combat Engineer support
  • Infrastructure development
  • Contract management and on-site supervision of locally employed civilian workers
  • Facilities management of military engineer equipments

The Regiment consists of personnel with a variety of skills but in all our people we develop what we call the Militia qualities, namely:

  • Leadership
  • Common sense
  • Physical robustness
  • Self awareness
  • Technical ability

Artisan Engineer Trades

We develop more technical engineering skills within the Regiment through:

1) Reserve Artisan Trade Courses
Reserve Artisan trade courses are available to all combat engineers within the Regiment who achieve a basic understanding and ability in a range of infrastructure focused skills.

2) Attending Regular Army Trade Courses
In exceptional circumstances Reserve Soldiers who can spare the time and meet the entry standards may be able to attend the Regular Soldier artisan courses listed below at the Royal School of Military Engineering in Chatham, Kent. The courses are accreted by the City and Guilds institute and vary in length depending upon the level of previous experience but can be up to 10 months. Courses include:

  • Carpenter and joiner
  • Bricklayer and concreter
  • Electrician
  • Heating engineer and plumber
  • Building and structural finisher

3) Complement Existing Civilian Trade Qualifications
Individuals qualified through a civilian institution in a relevant artisan trade can have their qualifications enhanced by attending discrete modules at the Royal School of Military Engineering in Chatham, Kent. Individuals serving with the Regiment are also encouraged to get their existing civilian qualifications endorsed to allow them to operate in a military environment.

Attached Arms

There are a variety of opportunities within the Regiment for personnel from other Corps and these include:

Royal Logistics Corps (RLC) Chef
The Regiment has opportunities for Chefs who are trained in preparing food in challenging circumstances, in barracks and in outdoor field kitchens.

Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC) Combat Medical Technician
The Regiment has opportunities for Combat Medical Technicians who are trained to give emergency treatment, evacuate casualties and deal with the day to day medical needs of soldiers.

Adjutants General Corps (Staff and Personnel Support) (AGC(SPS)) – Combat Human Resources Specialist (CHRS)
The Regiment has opportunities for Combat Human Resources Specialist (CHRS) who provide Human Resources and administration support.

How Do I Join? You can join by contacting our Recruiting Team in any one of our Army Reserve Centres or by visiting a local Armed Forces Careers Office.

You can contact us directly.  We will then arrange for you to visit our nearest Army Reserve Centres to you and explain the opportunities that the Royal Monmouthshire Royal Engineers (Militia) and the Army Reserves can offer you.