RE Geographic Technician
Also known as:
Mapping and Planning Specialist
Qualifications. Life skills. Endless possibilities. When you join the British Army, you’ll have everything you need to succeed. As one of our Geographic Technicians, we’ll train you to provide your commanders with the vital geographical information they need to plan missions effectively. As part of one of the world’s greatest fighting forces, you’ll reach heights you never knew existed and learn vital skills that’ll set you up for life. This is your chance to do something that matters.
As a Geographic Technician, you’ll use the very best in advanced Information Technology and gain expert skills in the use of geographic information systems (GIS) to ensure we always have the tactical advantage; whether it be across a top secret environment, a technical posting or a disaster relief plan. You could find yourself scanning satellite pictures for enemy positions, making 3D models of the battlefield, planning routes for travel and more. You’ll also be eligible for funding to get your Foundation and Bachelor of Science degrees in Computing. All while travelling the world and gaining life-long friends along the way.
First we’ll teach you your soldiering skills – like how to survive outdoors and how to fire weapons. After that, the Military Engineer course prepares you for life in the Royal Engineers. You’ll learn to clear mines, place demolition charges and build water crossings. Even more than that, you’ll play a crucial part in our humanitarian efforts like mapping disaster relief plans and ensuring the safety of our troops and civilians. You will learn and apply all types of mapping techniques like geo-political, demographic and airspace.
Find where you belong.
You’ll start with your basic soldier training and then it’ll be nine weeks at the Royal School of Military Engineering Regiment near Camberley, learning military engineering skills like knots and lashings, demolition, mine warfare and bridge building. You’ll finish with 39 weeks’ technical training at the Royal School of Military Survey in Hermitage, learning how to compile, prepare and manage geographical data. Your training will take you far – both inside and outside the Army as you gain transferable, sought after skills.
The Army will pay for you to gain valuable qualifications. These could include:
- Foundation Science Degree in Applied Computing and Field Science, with a development programme to progress to a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree.
- Class 2 Geographic Technician Certificate of Higher Education
- Military Engineer (Geographic Technician) Course
- L5 Foundation degree at Geographic Technician Class 1 level
- Apprenticeships in Public Service, Communications, Engineering and Logistics
We'll be with you every step of the way as you move up the ranks. From the moment you begin your training you'll get all the support and encouragement you need to make a success of your career. Work hard and you'll soon get promoted, which means more responsibility and extra pay.
Become a Mapping & Planning Specialist and you’ll:
You should be:
- Earn a starting salary of around £15,600 during Basic Training which will rise to £20,000 after completing 26 weeks’ training or after completing your Initial Trade Training, if less than 26 weeks
- Receive subsidised accommodation and facilities, increasing your disposable income
- Receive free medical and dental health cover
- Have the continuous access promotional opportunity and to continually progress your career
- Be sponsored to earn valuable civilian-recognised qualifications
- Take part in Adventurous Training and be able to play your favourite sports.
Qualifications you’ll need:
- Regular Army age: 16.6 – 35.6 years
- Army Reserve age: 17.9 - 49.11 years
- Regular: GCSE Grade A – C/ 9-4 in at least English Language, Maths and one other subject
Interests you’ll have:
- Mid-thigh pull of 118kg
- Medicine ball throw of 3.1m
- 2km run in 10min 45 sec (11 min 30 sec for Junior Entry)
- Office work
- Fixing things
- Decision making & responsibility
- Outdoor activities
- Sport and adventure