Mapping and Planning Specialist
Also known as: Geographic Technician

Everyone wants to belong to something. A football team, a family, a close-knit group of friends. The sense of belonging you find in the Army is next level. When you’ve trained together, side by side, learned things no classroom can teach you. When you’ve lived together and worked together, it creates a bond like no other. A bond that lasts a lifetime, and sees you through whatever life throws at you.

Join as Mapping and Planning Specialist and we’ll train you to provide your commanders with the vital geographical information they need to plan missions effectively. You’ll use the very best in advanced IT 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.

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 (Defence Geographic Information), with a development programme to progress to a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Applied Computing (Geographic Information)
• Class 2 Geographic Technician Certificate of Higher Education
• Military Engineer (Geographic Technician) Course
• L5 Foundation degree at Geo Tech 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. And you'll have plenty of opportunities to get qualifications that are recognised by civilian employers.


You should be:
• Regular Army age: 16.6 - 32.11 years
• Army Reserve age: 17.9 - 49.11 years

Qualifications you’ll need:
• Regulars need three GCSEs at grade C or above in Maths, English Language and one other.

Interests you’ll have:
• Technology
• Photography
• Office work
• Fixing things
• Decision making & responsibility
• Outdoor activities
• Driving
• Sport and adventure
• Construction

Our next deadline for application is the 31st March 2018, with further opportunities ongoing throughout the year.


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