The Royal School of Military Engineering
) is the main training establishment for the British Army
's Royal Engineers
. After they have successfully completed their basic training, members of the Corps of Royal Engineers receive their combat engineering
and other special-to-arm training at the RSME.
The RSME was founded by Major (later General Sir) Charles Pasley
, as the Royal Engineer Establishment
in 1812. It was renamed the School of Military Engineering
in 1868 and granted the "Royal" prefix in 1962.
The RSME is based at several sites in Chatham
. It also has a subsidiary site at Camberley
. Its mission is "To deliver trained and motivated Military Engineers to meet the operational requirements of the Armed Forces".
Combat engineer school
The Combat Engineer School runs 194 courses every year with 45 different course titles. On any given day, between 700 and 1,000 students are training at the Combat Engineer school. It is based at Gibraltar Barracks in Camberley.
Construction Engineer School
The Construction Engineer School in Chatham runs 177 different courses for over 8,500 students a year.
Defence Animal Centre
Located near Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, the DAC is the military's leading canine and equine training centre.