Royal Engineers Association (REA)

Service Not Self

The Royal Engineers Association (REA) is the Regimental Association of the Royal Engineers. The original Royal Engineers Association was founded in 1912 under the name of The Royal Engineers Old Comrades Association. Its name was changed to the Royal Engineers Association in 1952.

The Association aims to promote and support the Corps of Royal Engineers and members of the Association by fostering esprit de corps, a spirit of comradeship and service, and by maintaining an awareness of Corps traditions. The Association also acts as a link between serving and retired members of the Corps and it provides financial help and assistance to serving and former members of the Corps, their spouses, widows and dependents in times of need.

Each year the Association considers hundreds of requests for assistance, annual benevolence grants supporting these requests are in the region of £300,000. It’s not only serving personnel that are considered for assistance. Most cases are from the retired service community and their families. Grants within Association guidelines are often made to the Army Benevolent Fund and other charities that further the objectives of the Association

There are over one hundred REA Branches in the UK and abroad. Branches are established in towns, districts or units of the Corps and offer a great social scene for serving and retired Sappers. If you want to know more about the type of assistance we offer and guidance on how to seek assistance, just visit the benevolence page of the REA website.