A Military Engineering (Combat 2-1) course was conducted at 3 Royal School of Military Engineering (RSME) from 12th October – 27th November 2020.
The aim of the seven-week long course was to provide the knowledge and skills required to lead a section through combat engineering tasks during both exercises and operations.
38 personnel from various regiments attended the course with Curragh Troop; a troop well known for maintaining the highest standards and working policies within 3 RSME.
The course was divided into five different phases: preparation, counter mobility, section mobility, troop mobility and survivability, the last of which was followed by a final exercise. This was to assess our ability to apply combat engineering knowledge and skills in the field. The course was demanding both physically and mentally. Physical training was conducted twice a week and was suitably challenging in order to prepare us for the final exercise.
The first three weeks of the course included camp-based lessons delivered by the students, followed by a week in Weymouth carrying out Watermanship Training. Everything that we learned was then put to the test on a week-long final exercise. During the exercise, every student was given the chance to lead various engineering tasks such as a Medium Girder Bridge (MGB) construction, Medium Girder Over Bridge, house in defence, trenches, mine clearance and reserve demolition, amongst other things. These tasks provided a golden opportunity to test our knowledge and practical skills in a real exercise scenario. To add further demand, Curragh Troop concluded the exercise with the construction of a 12 bay MGB double-story coupled with a troop attack. This was followed by a backbreaking extraction.
By Lance Corporal Arun Thapa, Queen’s Gurkha Engineers