Army Leadership

Opportunities to Lead within Royal Signals

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Army leadership – Signaller as leader

Leading the way in the world of communications

Signallers are responsible for maintaining, safeguarding and supervising sophisticated and vital communication equipment and systems in order to deliver mission critical G6 support to any mission.

Highly trained and always thoroughly professional; Royal Signals soldiers – regardless of their rank – lead the way in the world of communications with their superb technical abilities, knowledge and practical leadership skills.

Soldier first

Royal Signals Junior Non Commissioned Officers* (JNCOs) are put through their paces on military skills training during Exercise JUNIOR COMMANDER. The exercise is a part of Junior Command Leadership and Management (JCLM) Course where the students are taught and assessed on their Command, Leadership and Management skills in a close combat environment.

*JNCOs wear the rank of Lance Corporal or Corporal

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Army leadership – Leading subordinates in a close combat environment

Good Command and Control skills are vital soldiering attributes required of a Royal Signals Junior Leader

A Sergeant Instructor from the Junior Command Training Team walks through the smoke during a Section Attack on Exercise JUNIOR COMMANDER. 4 (Military Training) Squadron is at the forefront of Command Leadership and Management (CLM) training delivery in the Corps.

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Detachment Commander (Det Comd)

Det Commanders are drawn from the Royal Signals’ ranks of Junior Non Commissioned Officers (JNCOs) and from experienced signallers. A Det Comd of any of the various communication detachments mentors and leads his/her crew whilst providing vital Information Communication Systems (ICS) services to the Units and formation Headquarters (HQs). A Detachment Commander needs to be dynamic and must work hard to mentor and develop his/her crew members and to foster good work ethic and team work within the Detachment. The Det Commander needs to recognise their own strengths and weaknesses and those of the team, then work hard to ensure the very best possible performance from all.

Huge responsibility from the get-go

As a signaller, even without any formal rank, some soldiers perform the duties of Det Comd which is a huge responsibility both in terms of command and leadership as well as development.  A young JNCO commands a small team that is the lifeline of multi national HQs in the battlefield.  The HQs depend on the communication services provided by the Royal Signals team to command and control a battle group.

Army Leadership – Royal Signals leading the way in communication
A Tactical Signaller using his Tactical Satellite Radio outside the safety of his Forward Operating Base in Afghanistan.

Command Leadership and Management (CLM) courses

A number of formal career courses ensure that soldiers develop their command, leadership and management skills as they climb up the promotion ladder.

Highly trained and armed with cutting edge technology, Royal Signals soldiers are expected to be the go-to persons for Information Technology and Communication in the British Army.  Signallers must always perform to their best to maintain that reputation. It is important that teams are well led.

4 (Military Training) Squadron

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As they progress through the ranks all Royal Signals soldiers undergo CLM training. This is undertaken at 4 (Military Training) Squadron in Blandford.  The Squadron aims to develop well-rounded leaders – physically, conceptually and morally – through CLM courses. Soldiers are trained in communication and military skills, leadership, management and ethos. The CLM courses help soldiers become professional and effective leaders; equipped for challenges and challenging roles both in barracks and when deployed.

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CLM courses

The delivery of all CLM training is conducted in accordance with the Army and Royal Signals CLM policy. 4 (Mil Trg) Sqn delivers the following CLM training for the Corps:

First stripe – selected for promotion to Lance Corporal? 

All Royal Signals soldiers selected for promotion to Lance Corporal (LCpl) attend a two- week long PNCO CLM course either at 4 (Mil Trg) Sqn or one of the Corps franchised units.

Second stripe – selected for promotion to Corporal? 

Royal Signals LCpls selected for promotion to Corporal (Cpl) attend a two-week long JNCO CLM Part 1 course at 4 (Mil Trg) Sqn.

Third stripe – selected for promotion to Sergeant (Sgt)?

Royal Signals Corporals selected for promotion to Sergeant attend a two-week long SNCO CLM Part 1 course at 4 (Mil Trg) Sqn.

Getting a Warrant? 

Royal Signals Staff Sergeants (SSgt) selected for promotion to Warrant Officer Class 2 attend a five day long WO CLM Part 1 course at 4 (Mil Trg) Sqn.

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Army leadership, Royal Signals leadership

What makes a good leader?

Attributes of a good junior leader include:

  • Being a role model to others
  • Striving to perform to the best of ones ability
  • Having the highest standard of personal and professional discipline
  • Demanding the very best of oneself and of others
  • Upholding The Coprs ethos
  • Living by the values and standards of the British Army

The application of the Army Leadership Code (see below) is fundamental for those who aspire to lead today’s Signallers.

The Army Leadership Code and Royal Signals

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L – Lead by Example

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Leaders must demonstrate that they are capable of doing what they ask of their soldiers.

E – Encourage Thinking

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Signallers should be thinking soldiers with the mental agility to adjust quickly, understand and react to changing situation.

A – Apply Reward and Discipline

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Everyone should feel valued and no one is exempt from the demand for the highest standards of discipline.

D – Demand High Performance

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Do better and demand better; everyone can improve.

E – Encourage Confidence in the Team

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With confidence a good team is capable of almost anything; add humility to generate positive confidence.

R – Recognise Individual Strengths and Weaknesses

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Leaders must be responsible for their soldiers; know their strengths and weaknesses, take account of them and work towards improving them.

S – Strive for Team Goals

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Mission first; working as team for team goals generates better outcomes and develops individuals.

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Leadership through Sports and Adventurous Training

Royal Corps of Signals provides an array of opportunities for its soldiers to pursue their sports and adventurous training aspirations alongside their professional and personal goals.

Pictured below is Sgt Wright from 30 Sig Regt leading his team on Exercise DRAGON FREEDOM, a 10 day expedition across The Freedom Trail in France and Spain.

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