The Corps of Royal Engineers , or more commonly known as the Royal Engineers and colloquially known as Sappers provides military engineering and other technical support to the British Armed Forces and is headed by the Chief Royal Engineer. The Royal Engineers have been present in every conflict involving British Forces throughout the world since the late 11th century including the more recent operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Royal Engineer Establishment was founded in 1812 by Major (later General Sir) Charles Pasley and was renamed the School of Military Engineering in 1868 before being granted the "Royal" prefix in 1962. Over the following years the Royal School of Military Engineering (RSME) has been expanded to include the Defence EOD, Munitions and Search Training Regiment (DEMS Trg Regt), Defence Animal Training Regiment (DA Trg Regt) and the Royal Military School of Music (RMSM) to form the RSME Group.
Today, the RSME Group's mission is to deliver the required number of appropriately trained highly motivated personnel, and Military Working Animals in order to meet the operational requirements of Defence. In 2008, in support of this mission, a Contract was signed between Holdfast Training Services and the Ministry of Defence with the aim of modernising training and the management of training through the development of new initiatives and providing new and improved living and training accommodation to create an environment in which to deliver not only the training required today but the training required for tomorrow.