The Dummy's Guide to British Army Regiments - Translated for Civvy Street
19 September 2017
Within the tri-services there are hundreds of regiments, so it gets pretty complicated! The British Army itself is made up of the follow:
- Household Cavalry and Royal Armoured Corps
- Household Cavalry
- Line Cavalry
- Royal Tank Regiment
- Other Combat Arms
- Combat Support
- Combat Service Support
- Colonial Regiments
- Foot Guards
- Line Infantry and Rifles
And....even within each of these corps are separate and very different regiments.
We've done our best to show you how certain sectors and industries will be more suited to specific regiments, based on their translatable skills, responsibilities and qualifications!
The Staff and Personal Support (SPS) branch is a part of the Adjutant General’s Corps (AGC). SPS personnel are soldiers whose role is to provide Human Resources administration and support to every member of every unit in the British Army.
Common transferable skills include personal administration, management information, administrative staff support and financial management including pay, allowances, recovery of charges, accounting and auditing.
Chefs, Catering and Hospitality Specialists in the RAF as well as those in The Army Catering Corps (ACC) who became a part of the Royal Logistic Corps of the British Army can work in the Food, Accommodation and/or Hospitality sectors.
They are responsible for feeding all of the armed forces units producing tasty meals in static kitchens or on the move in fields. Plus they often have gained a qualification from the Officers' Food Service Course, which is a specialist course for technical catering and food supply roles which covers nutrition, food safety and sanitation regulations, equipment operation, marketing and leadership.
The Royal Corps of Signals (RCS) are the leaders in Information Technology and Communications, and The Intelligence Corps (IC) collect, research, analyse, integrate and interpret a range of data to inform and the commander’s decision-making process
Servicemen and women in these regiments may have had experience in the follow army jobs; Operational Intelligence, Counter Intelligence and Security, Imagery Intelligence, Electronic Warfare, Human Intelligence, Covert Passive Surveillance, Cyber Threat Analysis
Within the Army, there is the Army Air Corps (AAC) where individuals can pick from multiple roles such as Groundcrew Specialists, Communication Specialists, Army Pilot or Aircrew. Also, The Royal Engineers and Mechanical Engineers (REME) can pick a trade such as Aircraft Technician or Avionics Technician
Many servicemen and women in the AAC have pilot qualifications in the form of The Army Pilots Course and a Foundation Degree in Military Aviation Studies
The Royal Engineers (RE) provide military engineering and other technical support, and The Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) manufacture, repair and maintain equipment to enable the Army to work smoothly. Engineers in the Military are highly trained and keep up to date with complex equipment and the latest advanced technologies in order deliver the best service anywhere in the world.
REME trades include Recovery Mechanic, Avionics Technician, Electronics Technician, Vehicle Mechanic, Aircraft Technician, Metalsmith, Technical Support Specialist and Armourer, and the skills learnt from these are translatable to the engineering and manufacturing sector, including skills in Management, Leadership, Mental agility, Willingness to learn, Enjoy responsibility, Flexible and adaptable, Professional and they are used to complex problem solving.
All privates and non-commissioned officers which form the Royal Engineers (RE) have a trade speciality. Examples of these trades can be air conditioning fitter, refrigerator fitter, heating engineer, electrician, general fitter, plumber, bricklayer, plasterer / painter, carpenter & joiner and much more.
They may also have received training while part of the Royal Engineers, including training in Electrical installation work, Power generation and distribution, Installation, operation and maintenance of air conditioning and refrigeration, Heating and plumbing installation and maintenance, Upgrading existing buildings
The Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) and the Royal Engineers (RE) can be specifically trained in Power Generation and Distribution, and Officers in the Royal Logistics Corps (RLC) can work in petroleum installations and operations in a wide range of civilian fields, all of which can be applied to the oil and gas sector as well as renewable energy.
While part of these regiments, officers can gain qualifications in the Officers' Petroleum Course (OPC), where they will work in petroleum installations and major petroleum headquarters, as well as covering operations in civilian fields and other related subjects such as chemistry, electricity, health and safety and fire.
The Staff and Personal Support (SPS) branch is a part of the Adjutant General’s Corps, where SPS personnel are soldiers whose role is to provide financial support to the British Army. Responsibilites include Financial Management including that of pay, allowances, recover of charges, accounding and auditing, as well as personal administration, management information and adminitrative staff support.
Officers in this regiment are often seen to move into the risk management, client relationship management, asset management, analyst, and wealth management roles post army, taking their leadership and complex problem solving skills with them. Furthermore, many officers also have qualification such as Introductory Award in Administrative Management, Information Technology Qualification, Accountancy qualifications e.g. Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), and Progressive levels of membership in the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).
Royal Engineers (RE) can have a trade speciality, for example, fabricator, design draughtsman, construction materials technician, surveyor, building and structural finisher, plumber, bricklayer, concreter, carpenter & joiner. From their experience in the army, they can construct foundations, construct bridges and runways, repair damaged and dangerous buildings to a safer condition, repair bomb damaged walls, erect scaffolding, build partitions and roof trusses and upgrading existing buildings.
The Royal Pioneer Corps from the Royal Logistics Corps can also construct airfields, roads, erect bridges and other light construction and engineering tasks, as well as designing and drawings of buildings and engineering structures, and the installation and testing of heating systems.
Royal Engineer (RE) Equipment Mechanics learn to maintain, repair and service a wide range of vehicles, and The Royal Engineers and Mechanical Engineers (REME) can learn Vehicle Mechanic or Recovery Mechanic as a trade. Vehicle Mechanics are responsible for the repair and maintenance of all wheeled and tracked vehicles used by the British Army
They may receive Vehicle Mechanics Technical Training in electrical repair, hydraulics, environmental cooling syustems, engine technology and even tracked vehicle technology.
Royal Corps of Signals (RCS) use modern digital military communications and technology to provide the military with all their information requirements. Typical jobs these officers may have done in the army include comms system engineer & system operator or installation technician.
Responsibilities include: they fix and install communications kits, masts and towers, repair and maintain digital and satellite systems, computer networks and terminal, and they are experts in all sorts of software as well as wireless, fibre optic and other internet-based networks.
The specialist medical corps have the relevant degrees, training and skills to be able to practice. Additionally, everyone in the Army goes through MATTs basic combat first aid, the majority are Team Medic Trained and some are Combat Medical Technicians.
There are many regiments to choose from, for example the Army Medical Services, the Royal Army Medical Corps, the Royal Army Dental Corps, the Royal Army Veterinary Corps and the Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps, all with experience in large-scale trauma, humanitarian operations, emergency care on the front line and long term care at hospitals.
EVERYONE in the Military is trained in the defence sector, this is ultimately their role: TO SERVE AND PROTECT THE COUNTRY. Everyone is a soldier first (Army). Look at the Infantry for apprentices in security. Coming from a Military environment means Defense and Security is a natural progression!
They would have had military training in security clearances, manned guarding, site security, public order, combat training, weapons training, surveillance using aerial systems, digital cameras and radars, target acquisition and ground based air defence communications.
Everyone in the Army is physically fit and can endure great challenges on their body and mind. They also have the ability to be a part of a sporting association, of which there are many for pretty much every sport you can think of.
Additionally, there is the Royal Army Physical Training Corps. All their members are qualified Personal Training Instructors and are responsible for the Army’s physical fitness and physical education
The Royal Logistics Corps (RLC) manage all matters regarding the transport of people and material for the Army and also Defence companies. They deploy, move, receive, cater for, resupply, sustain and recover humanitarian and military operations around the world. From vehicle parts and tools to water and rations, the RLC provides the necessary item, in the right quantity, in the required place and at the correct time. The RLC specialises in all areas of Logistics including but not limited to: Forecasting, procurement, warehousing, driving, budget management.
In addition to the necessary security clearances and driving licences, those in the RLC can choose from courses which all have civilian accreditation, such as the Port and Maritime Operations Officer's Course, the Ammunition Technical Officer's Course (ATO) and the Officer's Petroleum Course (OPC).
For more details and top tips, download our Regiment Bites presentation below.