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23 Pioneer Regiment

Background of
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  Background of the Pioneer Regiment

Job Description
As a Pioneer, your career is divided between Defence skills and Pioneer skills such as basic engineering / artisan techniques and material handling. In war the Pioneer provides military manpower and logistic support to all three Services on a variety of tasks world-wide. Your defence skills will be used to the full as part of a troop, which protects military headquarters and sensitive key installations. Material handling can be conducted in a Base Depot or in the field, either by hand or by using modern mechanical handling equipment such as Volvo or JCB rough terrain vehicles. If selected to train on this equipment you will be trained as a LGV class 'C' driver.

Personal Qualities
To be a Pioneer you should be a sound steady character, reliable and adaptable in a practical sense. You should be able to accept discipline and not be afraid of hard physical work.

Every RLC Soldier is first and foremost a fighting soldier. You will be taught foot drill how to handle and fire a weapon, how to live and work in the open,stamina and fitness and how to tackle an assault course. You will be stretched further than you thought possible.

Pioneer skills training takes place at the Logistic Support Training Wing,Deepcut and lasts 5 weeks. This phase is designed to train you in sufficient specialist skills to allow you to take your place in your first unit. Training includes, specialist preparation and wiring of defensive positions, scientific handling of essential combat stores (ammunition / petroleum), basic bricklaying and carpentry skills, knots and lashing, and the effective use of blocks and tackles.

Specialised defence skills training takes place within 23 Pioneer Regiment RLC your first unit. It teaches you how to operate and fire a Light Anti-tank Weapon, how a hand grenade works, infantry tactics in attack and defence, how to dig a trench and live and fight from it for 2/3 days, plus patrolling and reconnaissance by day and night.






Pioneer Artisan
  skills in the field

Conditions of Work
Mainly outdoors in all weather conditions in many parts of the world, frequently arduous and demanding. In peacetime you may serve in the UK, Germany, Northern Ireland, Canada or Cyprus, with the likelihood of participating in exercises in one of these, plus the USA, Africa, the Middle East and throughout Europe.

Career Structure
Career prospects up to the rank of Warrant Officer Class 1 are excellent for determined young men / women. Individuals with drive and intelligence are likely to achieve promotion quickly. Further infantry training at the School of Infantry, Brecon can qualify a Staff Sergeant for command of a troop of 27 Pioneers.

Follow on Trades
Trained soldiers may be selected for further training in one of the RLC's follow-on jobs or service in the Airborne or Commando forces, or as an assault pioneer. The trained Pioneer with a proven record of loyal service is valued for many types of civilian employment and a number of specialist training courses lead to the award of NCVQ 1 SVQs and relate closely to civilian qualifications and experience.

An Assault Pioneer carries   out infrastructure work.


           • Tent Erection - A newly arrived Kosovar family watch as
              their new home is erected before them at the NATO Refugee               handling centre at Brazda, Macedonia. The soldiers from the
              British contingent are from the 23 Pioneer Regiment based at
              Bicester, have helped to erected enough tents to house the
              estimated 27,000 refugees   in the camp.


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