Defence Explosive Ordnance Disposal, Munitions and Search (DEMS) Training Regiment

By SPP Reporter

DEMS Training Regiment was formed in 2013 as the Defence provider of initial training for all EOD, Search and Munitions subjects bringing together a number of centres of excellence.

Based in a 200 Acre £110M unique training facility in Bicester and a further site in Kineton DEMS Trg Regt continues to grow and develop to meets the needs of Defence. With 250 staff from all three services plus international instructors, the Regiment draws on specialists from 17 different capbadges. We have recently increased that with the addition of a number of specialist infantry instructors from the Jungle Warfare School in Brunei.

Demand for Counter IED forces continues to rise with another regiment being announced under Army 2020 Refine recently and DEMS is busier than ever. While DEMS continues to prepare troops for Iraq (Op SHADER) and Afghanistan (Op TORAL) we have also delivered training to 32 different countries in the last year alone. This has seen us sending trainers to a large number of overseas deployments and we now have partnering arrangements with several international EOD schools. Non-military training is growing and DEMS also trains all UK Police forces, the National Crime Agency and US Department of Homeland Security.

But its not all travelling the world, being part of the community is a key part of life at DEMS. From our welfare staff supporting the community to school and Cub scout visits we believe being part of a community is about contributing to it. We demonstrated various activities during the Bicester Armed Forces day and continue to support the community with considerable amount of charity work.

Work hard play harder is our motto and sport and adventure training allows our staff to challenge themselves outside of the classroom. Skiing, sailing,sky diving and sub-aqua are all on the calendar. On the sporting field the Regiment competes up to triservice level in sports as varied as Skeleton Bobsleigh and Ultra Marathons; we even have people in training for the Commonwealth games

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