Hey all, I have a question about Sappers. Today is the first time that I’ve ever heard this term. Had lunch with DS who is now a freshman cadet with AROTC. He mentioned an interest in this section/dept. of the Army once he graduates in mechanical engineering. So I went online and researched. The descriptions that I found seem right inline with what he has been telling me was his desire to do in the Army. “Such tasks typically include bridge-building, laying or clearing minefields, demolitions, field defenses as well as building, road and airfield construction and repair.” I was so surprised when I read this. For years whenever I would ask DS what he wanted to do, this was his answer. It’s like this has his name written all over it! So as I continued to read, I found this statement: The course is open to enlisted soldiers in the grades of E-4 (P) (in the Army, specialist on the list for promotion to sergeant) E-5, and above, cadets, and officers O-3 (Army, captain) and below. I see cadets and officers listed above. Does this mean that the school is available to him? Before he commissions? After he commissions? Could he take this as a summer training? If so, when? If he is not eligible, is there another branch/section/dept. that is compatible to this? Your guidance is greatly appreciated. As I’ve mentioned above, I’ve never heard of it. Also, sorry I don’t know the correct terminology for areas of the military. All of this is new to me. I read this forum everyday and have learned so much. I thank you all for your knowledge and your willingness to share.