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Soldier first

When you join the Royal Signals you are first and foremost a soldier. Equally Royal Signals equips you with the skills, through your trade choice, to ensure the Army can carry out its vitally important work whenever and wherever. 

Royal Signals has a range of trades to choose from (see below), but don’t worry if you can’t make up your mind; you can apply to join the Royal Signals and be helped by Royal Signals to find the right trade for you.

Skilled and equipped for life

As a member of The Royal Corps of Signals you will work towards a number of qualifications valued within and beyond The Army. In addition, each trade has its own specialist qualifications which are recognised and sought after, not just by the Army but by commerce and industry (see below). Many of our soldiers have Bachelors and Masters degrees as well as other professional qualifications – for driving, for project management and so much more.

Professional – Qualified – Trained - Crucial

Our qualifications and training extend to the sports field and beyond. it’s not unusual to take coaching, leadership and other sought after qualifications, all of which help make a better you.

The Communicator

Communications Systems Operator

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Communications Systems Operator

Communications – the infrastructure for communication

A Communications Systems Operator (CS Op) is the main face of the Royal Signals programmes. A CS Op operates digital, satellite and mobile communication systems across the battlefield from the front line to the Headquarters. They work in any environment no matter how tough, inhospitable or dangerous.

Qualifications gained

Specialist qualifications earned depend on seniority and level. They include:

  • Membership to the Institute of Engineering and Technology
  • Foundation Science Degree in Military Communiations System Management (Yeoman of Signals)
  • Advanced Apprenticeship in Information Communication Technology (Professional)
  • B+E & C+E driving licences

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Laying line to the Front Line

Installation Technician

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Installation Technician

Good head for heights?

Installation Technicians install, maintain and repair advanced telecommunications systems and fibre optic infrastructure. Infrastructure that enables communication between the front line and Headquarters.

As an Installation Technician you’ll need a good head for heights and the agility to operate in confined spaces.

Qualifications to be gained

  • Advanced Apprenticeship in Information Communication Technology (Professional)
  • B+E Driving licences
  • Higher Apprenticeship ICT (Professional)
  • Membership of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET).

Plus all the benefits that being a member of HM Forces brings.

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The Provider

Communications Logistic Specialist (CLS)

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Communications Logistic Specialist (CLS)

The provider

CLS are key to ensuring and sustaining operational readiness. Personnel rely upon the CLS to get the right equipment, in the right quantity, to the right place at the right time.

You deal with everything from technical stores – through food, water, clothing, ammunition and explosives – to mission critical and life saving equipment, 

Qualifications to be gained

  • Intermediate and Advanced Apprenticeship in Logistics Operator
  • Member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (UK)
  • B+E, C+E, D1 minibus & forklift
  • HAZMAT licence

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The Fixer

Communications Systems Engineer

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Communications Systems Engineer

Digital – Satellite – Electronic

A Communications Systems Engineer (CS Engineer) is ‘The fixer’. CS Engineers are responsible for maintaining and repairing electronic systems. A CS Engineer will also manage computer networks and terminals and digital and satellite systems.

Qualifications to be gained

  • Intermediate & Advanced Apprenticeship in ICT (Professional)
  • B+E & C+E Driving licences
  • Higher Apprenticeship ICT (Professional)
  • Membership of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET).
  • BEng (Hons) Degree (Foreman of Signals)

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The essential weapon for winning wars and Keeping peace

Providing and maintaining global communications

You've got the Power

Royal Signals Electrician

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Royal Signals Electrician

You’ve got the power…

As ‘The Power-man’ personnel rely on you to provide power and light for communications equipment. You will work on maintaining and repairing various generators and distributing power and light to where it is needed, when it’s needed.

Qualifications to be gained

  • Intermediate Apprenticeship in Engineering Management (Electrical Maintenance)
  • B+E & C+E Driving licences
  • BS 7671 17th Edition Electrical Installation (Class 1)
  • Membership of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET).

Plus all the benefits that being a member of HM Forces brings.

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The Intelligence Gatherer

Electronic Warfare Systems Operator

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Electronic Warfare Systems Operator

The Intelligence gatherer

The Electronic Warfare Systems Operator is the intelligence gatherer who, using the latest technology, locates, intercepts and disrupts enemy communications. They work to provide real-time intelligence to Combat Units and Special Forces, so that any enemy can be defeated.

Qualifications gained

Specialist qualifications – dependent on seniority and level – include:

  • Advanced Apprenticeship in Information Communication Technology (Professional)
  • B+E & C+E Driving licences
  • Membership to the Institute of Engineering and Technology
  • Foundation Degree in Military Comms Sys Management (Yeoman of Signals (EW))

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From specialist roles to elite units

Opportunties open to soldiers within Royal Signals

Special Forces Communicator

The best move you will ever make

Service as an SFC is both unique and rewarding and is open to all service volunteers from any part of the Regular Armed Forces (RN, RM, Army and RAF) as well as Army Reservist candidates. The tempo of operations is high but so are the rewards, as service with Special Forces offers a clear enhancement to a soldier’s career profile.

Operations of an SF nature require men and women of courage and high morale who are self-disciplined, intelligent, reliable, determined and physically fit, and who possess mental, moral and physical stamina.

299 Signal Squadron (SC)

The only special communications (SC) unit in The British Army. 299 Signal Squadron support programmed and contingent national, coalition and NATO operations. by providing Information Communication Systems (ICS) and Command Support directly to The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) on overseas operations.

Open to all?

299 Signal Squadron (SC) actively recruit motivated and high calibre Royal Signals soldiers of all trades for a truly unique employment opportunity.

216 (Parachute) Signal Squadron

216 Signal Squadron provides CIS Support to 16th Air Assault Brigade HQ & Signal Squadron to enable the commander and his staff to command and control the Brigade effectively. Any Royal Signals soldier who successfully completes all elements of training (known as Pegasus Company or P Coy) is entitled to wear the maroon beret and wings.

3  Commando Brigade

This is a Royal Marines not a Royal Signals unit but Royal Signals soldiers provide CIS support to 3 Commando Brigade. Those Royal Signals soldiers who successfully complete the requisite training get to wear the coveted green beret.

Thinking of transferring trades/roles?

Transferring?

Contact your RCMO or get in touch with us today using the form at the foot of this page to discuss possible options.


The Transfer Process

  • APC R SIGNALS Wing receive your application.
  • A letter is sent to you to arrange an interview and, if required, a Trade Suitability Test (TST) with the Specialist Personnel Selection Officer (SPSO).
  • Suitability checks include: academic, medical deployment category, driving licence.
  • If suitable you will be offered a place on a future course in the trade of your choice, and on a date that suits.
  • A two year return of service will be required from the start of the course.

Rejoiner – (RJ)

All applications to join or rejoin the Royal Signals must be made through the Army Recruiting Group – either online or on 0345 600 8080

Find out more

For information or to chat through prior to re-applying through recruiting group call the PSO Capt Gronn at HQ Royal Signals on

01258 482999 for advice.

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