Royal Signals Army Officer
The leadership challenge
Royal Signals Commissioned Officer – The brightest and best
Trained to lead
Command, inspire, motivate
Officers in the Royal Signals are in a position of Command. The Royal Corps of Signals offers more opportunities to command than almost any other cap badge. At the most junior level they are Troop Commanders, in charge of all the soldiers in a Troop; a prestigious and responsible position. With seniority comes greater responsibility. At the most senior levels Royal Signals Officers (or late Royal Signals Officers) may work and lead in Army or Tri-service roles.
Royal Military Academy Sandhurst
Challenging, rewarding, fulfilling
Becoming a Commissioned Officer is not an easy option. Royal Signals Officers are mentally and physically tested. They are challenged, but for the right person, a career as an Officer in the Army’s Royal Corps of Signals is an incredibly challenging, rewarding and fulfilling experience.
Before taking Command of a troop, all potential Army Officers have to complete the Commissioning Course at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS). RMAS is an officer’s basic training and provides the fundamental tools required to lead soldiers both in barracks and on operations.
On ‘passing-out’ from RMAS, Royal Signals Officers will undertake either a short or long attachment in a unit before embarking on a Troop Commanders Course in Blandford. As you progress through your career your professional training and development will continue.
Integrity, passion, drive, determination
LeadershipRoyal Signals - Soldier first
Thousands of exceptional soldiers - One great Corps
Royal Signals' leadership - A commanding position
Leaders in a digital age
Command – Control – Respect
OpportunityPeople - Communications - Information - Systems - Cyber
Royal Signals Officer
Seeing the whole picture
Inspirational, capable leaders
Royal Signals Officers have the 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 are strategic, creative thinkers. They plan holistically, manage and mitigate risk, work smart and importantly make the right timely decisions. Many have technical knowledge and expertise, all work with those who do. First in to operations and last out, Royal Signals Officers have to 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.
Naturally being an Officer in The Army’s Royal Corps of Signals requires hard work and talent. Equally we recognise that being a first class leader with Royal Signals requires continual training, support and career management, so we work hard to deliver that.
A world of opportunity
From Experience to QualificationRoyal Signals - Soldier first
Friendship Teamwork Teams
Organising an expedition to take 12 soldiers trekking in Peru was an unbelievable opportunity. Seeing one of the wonders of the world with them was amazing.Samantha Miskelly
Pips, crowns, swords
Army Commissioned Officer ranks from junior to senior are:
- Second Lieutenant
- Captain. Roles as a Captain include Squadron Second in Command, Staff Officer (S03) and Adjutant.
- Major. Officer Commanding of a Squadron (OC) and Staff Officer (S02) are some of the roles that Majors undertake.
- Lieutenant Colonel. Commanding Officer of a Regiment (CO) and Staff Officer (SO1) are among the opportunities available at this rank. Some Cap badges only have one or two opportunities to command a regiment – The Royal Signals, with 16 regiments, offers more opportunities than most.
- Colonel. Colonels are members of the general staff and wear the coveted red tabs. They are an OF5 grade and have very many and varied opportunities to undertake staff work, command or even become Corps Colonel. On moving to general staff, officers from The Corps are referred to as ‘Late Royal Signals’.
The ranks of General begin at the ‘one-star’ level of Brigadier, two star is Major General, three star is Lieutenant General and four star – the highest rank in the British Army – General. Initially it may seem odd that Major General is of a lower rank than Lieutenant General but originally the rank of Major General was known as Sergeant-Major General but subsequently shortened to Major General.
Above and beyond...Acquire skills, gain qualifications
Royal Corps of Signals Officer qualifications and professional memberships
- Bachelor Degree
- Chartered Engineer Status
- Information Technology Professional
- Communications Management
- Information Capability Management
- Cyberspace Operations
- Cyber Defence
- Systems Engineering
- Prince 2 Project Management
- MBA Programme Management
Nationally and internationally recognised qualifications
Where will you lead?A global Corps
An Adventuorous Corps
A Wealth of Opportunities
Royal Signals – The list is endless
We believe the breadth and depth of opportunity within The Royal Corps of Signals is second to none. It would be impossible to list all that’s on offer but we couldn’t resist giving you a flavour.
- P Coy (Paras)
- All Arms Commando
- Special Forces
- Other Government Agencies
- Spearhead Lead Element
- Infantry RSO
- Joint Helicopter Force
- Cyber warfare
What’s great is our Officers don’t need to decide when they join; many Royal Signals Officers undertake a number of these roles during their career.