About Royal Signals – Leaders in a digital age
Every single operation including those involving special forces, requires Royal Signals.
The Royal Corps of Signals is a crucial combat support arm. Without communications it would be impossible to win wars. Communications enables:
- Intelligence to be gathered
- Battle space to be identified
- Commanders to command and take control of their forces and environment
No matter how demanding and challenging the operation, including those involving special forces, Royal Signals input and presence is essential throughout.
First in to battle, last out
As a consequence Royal Signals are always among the first into battle and the last out. Even when there are no large scale operations in the headlines, such as those in Afghanistan or Iraq, a significant number of Royal Signals soldiers remain operationally deployed across the globe
Adaptive, innovative operations
The work of The Royal Signals is increasingly complex and sophisticated.
The Royal Corps of Signals is responsible for all communications, information systems and networks in the operational environment, including on the battlefield. The work of The Corps includes:establishing and maintaining tactical and strategic communications equipment and systems, together with all necessary applications, data and any software development in support of these.
The demands of an increasingly complex cyber landscape means the Corps has to be adaptive, proactive and forward leaning. Big data, the internet of things (IoT) and robotics are changing the way The Corps works. Communications and networks are constantly under challenge and threat. Secure networks are essential but securing networks is no longer sufficient. The proliferation of the IoT means many billions of devices are at risk of cyber attack. If the threat is ignored we risk the enemy taking control of the very devices that are used on the battlefield, and so the work of The Royal Signals is increasingly complex and sophisticated.
Unlike the infantry – where tanks may be seen charging down the battle field, or Artillery where guns show their mettle – the nature of the communications landscape makes it difficult for Royal Signals to showcase what they do and how they do it.
Much of the kit and systems are kept under wraps and on close hold. Often techniques that are used, such as analysing big data to spot ‘the signals’ within the noise, are known, but the nature of that data and subsequent analysis and actions can not be openly shared or discussed. Keeping systems and operations secret means even within the Corps, much of the work will be on a strict ‘need to know’ basis.
Soldiers are continually challenged and stretched as they move between posts and progress through the ranks.
Royal Signals’ soldiers must remain educated about, trained in and prepared for the increasingly sophisticated demands of modern warfare. A plethora of opportunities exists at all levels and ranks, to meet the demands of a fast-paced, continually evolving, dynamic, digital environment.
Collaboration and partnerships
Partnerships and collaboration are playing an increasingly important role
As the digital landscape and the information highway grows ever more complex, partnerships and collaboration are playing an increasingly important and dynamic role in the work and workings of Royal Signals. Continual professionalisation of The Corps remains central to sustaining fast-paced development and ability to respond rapidly to change.
Royal Signals Officer
Seeing the whole picture
Inspirational, capable leaders
Royal Signals Officers need vision and insight to deal with any situation at any time. Their work is demanding; it requires creative problem solvers and team players who are capable of understanding, and efficiently and effectively executing, the command intent.
Adaptable, resilient with great situational awareness
Officers within The Corps are strategic, creative thinkers. They plan holistically, manage and mitigate risk, work smart and importantly need to make the right timely decisions.
Many have technical knowledge and expertise, all work with those who do.
First in to operations and last out means Royal Signals Officers must keep their wits about them and be ready to lead soldiers whenever, wherever, whatever.
People are our most important asset
Royal Signals Officers are excellent leaders and motivators of soldiers. They have a generous helping of emotional intelligence and the empathy required to make good soldiers great.
Being an Officer in The Royal Signals requires hard work, integrity, ambition and talent.
Training and support
The Corps recognises that being a first class leader requires continual training, support and career management, and The Corps works hard to deliver that. Officers and soldiers are supported in their professional development by The Royal Signals Institution (RSI). The RSI partners with industry to seek to ensure development and professionalisation of The Corps is not only relevant but remains cutting edge.
The Corps seeks to enable innovative ideas to flow securely and quickly from soldiers within The Corps to leaders, battlefield commanders and, to and from external stakeholders.
The Corps is well connected internally. External partners and connections include:
- The Defence world.
- General and joint staffs .
- The C4ISR and ICS community.
- ISP companies.
- Professional ICS organisations.
- Think Tanks.
Online the new frontline?
The Corps must respond to the fast-paced, dynamic, digital environment. As a result, roles and role requirements within Royal Signals will change, evolve and develop; this is nothing new. Roles and requirements have changed throughout the Corps’ one hundred year history, enabling The Corps to dynamically adapt to meet changing needs and remain relevant, responsive and real.
The Corps is proud of the vitally important part it plays in what is an increasingly information and technology centric warfare. Warfare that demands an ability to fuse military skills and competencies with command and management and technology competencies. Warfare that is increasingly moving the frontline, online.
To combat these challenges it is crucial that Royal Signals attracts the brightest and the best; tech-savvy, STEM teenagers and young people of fit mind and body. Young people.who wish to be challenged technically, intellectually and physically. Talented, they will have the ability, aptitude, determination and disposition to succeed in today’s diverse and challenging Royal Signals’ environment. A complex environment that has arguably never been more relevant or important than it is today. Those who join The Royal Signals are not only highly trained and qualified but highly marketable within Civvy Street too.
The Corps offer to serving signallers
The Corps offer (incorporating the broader Army offer) includes:
- Continual training and professional development.
- Career management, responsibility and promotion.
- Adventurous Training.
- Conceptual learning such as Battlefield Studies.
- A plethora of sporting opportunities (not just at leisure but within the working day).
The danger and excitement associated with undertaking demanding work, including anti-terrorism in challenging physical environments, remains strong and inviting. Transferable skills and the high-value placed on Royal Signals soldiers by civilian companies demonstrates why joining the Corps is an excellent career choice.
The changing landscape makes Royal Signals attractive not just to those who have always hankered to join the Army, but to those who may not automatically have thought about a career in HM Forces.Those selected to join The Corps will become highly skilled and experience both challenges and rewards.