The Combat Engineer belongs to the Royal Australian Engineers (RAE) Corps. RAE soldiers are known as 'Sappers' and are responsible for assisting our own forces to move whilst also denying mobility to the enemy. Sappers are trained in a broad range of tasks including bridge-building, clearing minefields, demolitions, field defences as well as building, road and airfield construction and repair.
A Sapper, trained as a Combat Engineer, is a combat soldier with a wide range of trade and technical skills. Combat Engineers can wield a chainsaw, build a bridge, clear a minefield, build a road or airfield and use explosives to demolish a target.
The Combat Engineer is a soldier who is a specialist in military field engineering.
Main Job Functions:
- Assists in construction of temporary roads, bypasses and fords.
- Digs drains and constructs culverts.
- Erects bridges using both equipment and non-equipment components.
- Constructs and operates rafts and ferries.
- Constructs field defences and wire obstacles.
- Lays, arms, neutralises, disarms and removes mines and booby traps.
- Conducts demolition tasks.
- Constructs and operates field machines.
- Operates boats.
- Produces potable water using water purification equipment.
- Carries out concreting tasks.
- Uses and maintains power tools.
Following qualification as a Combat Engineer, you may have the opportunity to progress to one of the RAE branch trades such as Plant Operator or Architectural Draughtsman.
In today's Army, you can choose either to work full-time or part-time. It all depends on what you would like to do. If you prefer full-time work there is the Regular Army, and if you're after part-time work there's the Army Reserve. Whether you choose full-time or part-time work, you'll become part of one of the largest and most professional organisations in Australia. An organisation with a strong team spirit, and one that offers you a very high standard of training and an opportunity to work with the latest technology.
The Army Reserve has always been about challenge and reward. As a member of the Army Reserve, you'll gain new skills and experiences as well as improving your overall level of fitness. The best part is, while all this is happening, you'll receive tax-free pay. This means you'll have the cash to do whatever you want, whether it's study, work or securing a new job.
The Army Reserve has long been a part of Australia's proud military tradition, a tradition of determination, honour and courage. For years, part-time soldiers have played a vital role in protecting the security of Australia. On the battlefields of Gallipoli, Kokoda, Korea and Vietnam, the Australian Army has forged a reputation of being a strong, well-trained and dedicated team. It is a reputation you'll be expected to uphold as we face the challenges of the 21st century.
The Army is made up of specialised branches called corps such as the Infantry, Artillery, Engineers and Transport Corps. Within each corps, there are a variety of jobs or trades available. Before you join, you should find out what jobs are available in your local area and choose the one that appeals to you most. For instance, you could choose to be a Combat Engineer, a Communications Systems Operator or a Cook. Plus there's also a need for qualified people like Motor Mechanics, Dental Assistants and many more.
Even though you are an Army Reservist, for the majority of your time in the Army, you'll be trained along side full-time soldiers. The purpose of this training is to create a more capable part-time Army that is capable of taking a more active role in the security of our country and region.
Your training begins with Recruit Training at the Army Recruit Training Centre (ARTC) near Wagga Wagga in New South Wales. ARTC is the home of recruit training and is where all soldiers, regular or reserve, commence their career in the Army. During the course, you'll receive expert training from some of the Army's best instructors. No one is saying this training will be easy, but when you complete it, you'll be proud of what you've accomplished.
So, what sort of training will you be doing during Recruit Training? You'll be trained in all the skills a soldier needs. In other words, you'll learn how to work effectively and efficiently as a member of the Australian Army.
You need to be fit to join the Army Reserve. Prior to your enlistment, you must pass a fitness assessment called the Pre-Entry Fitness Assessment (PFA). This is a combination of push-ups, sit ups and a "shuttle run".
During Recruit Training you will be required to participate in additional fitness tests. The major one is the Basic Fitness Assessment (BFA). The BFA is the minimum physical fitness standard required for all members of the Army, both regular and reserve. It is also one of the major components of the Army Individual Readiness Notice (AIRN). The BFA is harder than the PFA, as you are required to perform additional push-ups, sit ups and a 2.4 km run.
Where possible, Recruit Training will be arranged to fit in with any other commitments you may have. If you're studying or just finished school, then this is a great way to develop new skills and earn cash.
The recruit course comprises 35 days of continuous training.
After recruit training, you'll walk away with around $2,104 tax-free, regardless of any other income or benefits you may be receiving.
Active Reserve members are required to complete a minimum of 20 days training per financial year to be considered effective. This service can be any combination of a two-week exercise, weekends or training nights.
Further information on part-time ADF careers can be found by accessing the Defence Reserves Support Council website.
The Council promotes the benefits of Reserve service by establishing partnerships with the community and employers.
Pay & Allowances
Salary while undertaking Military (Recruit) Training: $83.37 per day tax free.
Salary while undertaking or waiting to complete Employment Training: $98.56 per day tax free.
Each General Entry job in the Australian Defence Force is classified into a pay grade. On graduation from basic training ABP are classified as Pay Grade 1 and following additional training can be regraded to Pay Grade 2.
Members of the Reserve on part-time service are paid at a daily rate of pay and on completion of training, this occupation attracts a starting rate of $121.70 per day. Your pay grade will normally increase following the acquisition of additional skills and completion of advanced courses.
Refer to the Salary Scales for further details.
In addition to your salary, a Reserve Allowance of $26.95 per day is payable to compensate for the unique demands of Reserve Service.