SAPPER

EARN THE RIGHT!

Introduction

A sapper — also known as an elite combat engineer — is a combatant skilled in a variety of military engineering duties such as minefield placement or clearing, bridge-building, demolitions, field defenses, and road and airfield construction. Sappers are responsible for tasks facilitating movement of allied forces and impeding those of their enemies.

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Sapper Ranger Emblem

The Sapper Creed

I am a Sapper, the cutting edge of my country's sword.
I will always endeavor to complete my Sapper mission, regardless of available assets.
My flexibility and special training shall provide my task force with the tools to overcome insurmountable odds.
I realize that I will be called upon for my expertise in all aspects of mobility, countermobility, and survivability.
The failure to effectively accomplish my mission could cost the lives of others.
I will set the example by keeping myself physically fit and mentally tough.
I will strive to sharpen my Sapper skills and the skills of those I support.
Sappers Lead The Way!

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Medal of Honor Recipients

  • Paul Ray Smith Photo Sergeant First Class Paul Ray Smith
    B Company, 11th Engineer Battalion,
    3rd Infantry Division
    See official citation
  • Christopher Celiz Photo Sergeant First Class Christopher A. Celiz
    1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment
    See official citation

How to Become A Sapper

Sapper Leader Course

Sapper Leader Course Intro Video

The Sapper Leader Course is a demanding 28-day leadership development course for combat engineers that reinforces critical skills and teaches advanced techniques needed across the Army. This course is also designed to build esprit de corps by training Soldiers in troop leading procedures, demolitions - both conventional and expedient - and mountaineering operations.

The course culminates in an intense field training exercise that reinforces the use of the battle drills and specialized engineer techniques learned throughout the course. The Sapper Leader Course is often compared to the U.S. Army's Ranger School in terms of difficulty and intensity.

The Sapper Leader Course is a demanding 28-day leadership development course for combat engineers that reinforces critical skills and teaches advanced techniques needed across the Army. This course is also designed to build esprit de corps by training Soldiers in troop leading procedures, demolitions — both conventional and expedient — and mountaineering operations. The course culminates in an intense field training exercise that reinforces the use of the battle drills and specialized engineer techniques learned throughout the course.

Image: Two-person Sapper teams participate in the 36th Engineer Battalion Best Medic Competition. Photo credit: 4th Infantry Division.

Image: Two-person Sapper teams participate in the 36th Engineer Battalion Best Medic Competition. Photo credit: 4th Infantry Division.
"When our Nation needs a tough job done, they call the Army. When our Army needs a tough job done, they call on the SAPPERS."
-Lt. Gen. Robert B. Flowers
Image: Two-person Sapper teams participate in the 36th Engineer Battalion Best Medic Competition. Photo credit: 4th Infantry Division.

SAPPERS HAVE FOUGHT IN EVERY WAR IN U.S. HISTORY

In the American Army the Sapper is a combat engineer that supports the front-line infantry. Sappers install portable bridges, tank traps and other construction that provides tactical support. They also build major support facilities such as supply roads, fuel depots and airports and perform additional tasks such as the disarming and disposal of mines and unexploded ordnance. Sappers serve their country honorably and have played a critical role throughout U.S. military history.



World War II Combat Engineers Recruitment Poster

BEST SAPPER COMPETITION

In 2005 the U.S. Army Engineer School launched the inaugural Best Sapper Competition to challenge and test the knowledge, physical prowess and mental fortitude of service members. The competition showcases the Army's elite Soldiers in combat engineering military occupation specialties.

"Many try, but only one team earns the right."
- Best Sapper Competition motto

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