In the armed forces, a signaller is a soldier or seaman responsible for military communications and related tasks. Most signallers are employed in the operation of radio equipment and antennas (other than personal radios), but other signallers may be responsible for the construction and maintenance of telephone lines and telephone switchboards for field telephone systems, information technology infrastructure, or electronic warfare. In the past, signallers also operated heliographs, Aldis lamps, semaphore flags, and even carrier pigeons. Presently, signallers work with modern equipment using satellites, computers, and electronics to monitor and maintain division-sized networks.

Air Forces

In an air force, a signaller, an aircrew member, is a person trained to communicate between the aircraft and its base by means of radio or Aldis lamp. With improvement and simplification of radio communications equipment the role of a "signaller" in modern times is redundant. In the days when morse code telegraphy was the main means of communication a signaller was an important member of an aircraft's crew.


United Kingdom

In the British Army, signaller may refer to a member of the Royal Corps of Signals or a trained signals specialist in other areas of the army such as the Infantry or Royal Artillery, Airtrooper and specifically to the rank of Signaller (formerly Signalman).


In the Australian Army, a signaller is often referred to as a Chook (Australian Slang for Chicken) this is derogatory to be used by any one outside the Signal Corps, This is because the Morse code that Signallers used during WWII is likened to the chirping of chickens


In the Canadian Army, a signaller is often referred to as a "Jimmy" in reference to the picture of Mercury (Greek: Hermes), the roman messenger of the gods, which is referred to as Jimmy. The most widely accepted theory of where the name Jimmy comes from is a Royal Signals boxer, called Jimmy Emblem, who was the British Army Champion in 1924 and represented the Royal Corps of Signals from 1921 to 1924. Signallers in Canada are responsible for the majority of radio, satellite, telephone, and computer communications within the Canadian military. Trained signallers of the rank of private in Canada are referred to as "Sig" as a replacement for private (ie. Sig Smith).

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