I am Sergeant Ryan Veal. I joined the Army in December 1999 and completed basic training at ATR Pirbright. This was followed by phase 2 of my training during which I was taught my primary trade as a Vehicle Mechanic B at SEME Bordon.
Upon competition of training in Oct 2001, I was posted to 3 Battalion REME (3BN REME) inPaderborn where I deployed straight to Mrkonjic Grad in Bosnia for 6 months with 2 Royal Gurkha Rifles (2RGR). Later in the same assignment at 3 BN REME I also deployed on OP TELIC 1 (the Gulf war in 2003), where I was based at aKuwaitarmy Base close to the Iraq border. I was promoted to Lance Corporal in 2003 and posted to 3 Logistic Support Regiment RLC (3 LSR) based in Abingdon, I deployed back to Iraq for a second tour in 2005 where this time I was based in Shaibah Logistic base just outside of Basra.
I returned to SEME Bordon in February 2005 to complete further training as a vehicle mechanic, which completed my professional qualification. My next assignment was to 7 Transport Regiment RLC (7Tpt Regt RLC) in November 2006. I deployed in 2007 as an acting Corporal to the Contingency Operating Base (COB) in Iraq with 1 Battalion REME (1Bn REME). This was my third tour of Iraq, but this time I was attached to 16 Squadron Tank Transporter Squadron.
Each tour was very different, with vastly different responsibilities. I was promoted to Substantive Corporal in Oct 2007 and returned to Bordon in 2009 to complete my PAAB (Potential Artificer Assessment Board). I was successful and was sent to a three-week artificer maths course at Worthy Down in Wiltshire. The math course is hard and unfortunately I failed my first attempt, but was able to pass the exam next time.
I was posted in May 2010 to 104 Force Support Battalion REME (104 FS BN REME) in Bordon and then immediately to Tidworth. I was promoted to Sergeant in February 2011 and selected for Artificer training on the April 2011 ASCLB (Artificer Course Loading Board) to be course loaded in October 2011.
- Artificers vehicles back on track – with short stop for Jubilee and REME Corps weekend event 1 June, 2012 - The pace of the Artificer course has regained its momentum after the Easter leave period. Level 4 marked the start of in-class assignment exams for Science on: Belts, Clutches and Epicyclic gears. As much as it being a welcome change to the usual 3 hour fight; with the exam paper and trying to remember important mathematical and engineering science formulae, it proved to some members of the course to be almost as challenging as the memory game
- Artificer training: Assignments coming thick and fast 13 March, 2012 - As the course progresses it becomes clear how reliant you become on the instructors for further help and guidance for assignments and understanding the frustrations from both sides of the desk is required.
- From a reindeer challenge to whole-fleet management 16 December, 2011 - The first 2 Examinations of the course were soon upon us and after many late nights cramming the revision and feeling the pressure of our first examinations whilst being on an Artificer course, we all managed to pass.
- A new world of learning: Artificer training is a must! 9 December, 2011 - I am Sergeant Ryan Veal. I joined the Army in December 1999 and completed basic training at ATR Pirbright. This was followed by phase 2 of my training during which I was taught my primary trade as a Vehicle Mechanic B at SEME Bordon. Upon competition of training in Oct 2001, I was posted to … Continue reading A new world of learning: Artificer training is a must!