Electrical and Mechanical Engineers Corps - (EME)
History and Origin of EME:
1. The history of EME is as old as the history of warfare itself but the word EME came into being lately in the modern age. The concept of EME support begins from British Army. In 1664 the appointment of Master of Ordnance was created which in turn was named Master General of Ordnance in the year 1683 for the supply of weapons and equipment. Personnel engaged in this organization were all non-combatants and there was no organization for repair and maintenance of the military equipment being utilized in the battlefield. During the World War I (1914-1918) a type of mobile workshop was set up and the concept of recovery came into being. But soon it was found inadequate, and in 1918, the Royal Army Ordnance Corps (RAOC) was established with repair and maintenance of the equipment as one of its roles. But the problem of repair and maintenance still remained. Further reorganization of Royal Army Ordnance Corps during World War II resulted in the creation of the Corps of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. The personnel of this corps were not only expert engineers and technicians, but were also efficient combatants. Later on in 1943, the Corps of Indian EME (IEME) was established. Again with the partition of India in 1947, Corps of Pakistan EME (PEME) came into being. But in 1956 the word 'Pakistan' was deleted and it was simply termed as EME. After the independence of Bangladesh, the corps continues to be called EME.
2. Form it’s inception, the history of EME is as eventful as other arms and services of our Armed Forces. During the war of liberation altogether 1400 members of EME were serving in the then East Pakistan. Many of them actively took part in the war of liberation. They were fighting as infantry soldiers and also worked as technicians with very constraint resources. More than 150 officers and soldiers of this corps had sacrificed their lives for independence of our motherland.
3. Monogram. The monogram of EME symbolizes the source of mechanical energy( a strong horse tied with earth by a chain) and electrical energy ( an electric spark). Three colours of EME flag indicates:
a. Blue for repair.
b. Yellow for inspection
c. Red for recovery
4. A Brief Overview.
a. Whatever glamour and glory Bangladesh Army has achieved so far EME Corps can proudly be a party to it in providing active support to all arms and services in every operational and non operational activity. EME Directorate headed by a Brigadier General placed under Master General of Ordnance Branch in EME Directorate exercises technical control over all EME units and institutions. For providing fast and efficient repair and recovery support, EME Corps under direct supervision of EME Directorate is now trying to bring all workshops under spare parts management software which will in turn connect them into a common network.
b. EME Center & School located near Saidpur Airport is the epicenter of all training activities of EME Corps. In spite of meager resources this training institution is putting its best in providing time demanding training to all ranks since its inception in 01 September 1977. Officers from different arms and services in home and abroad attend courses run by EME Center & School. Officers selected for Staff Course undergo Military Science Course to become familiarized with latest technology involved in the art of modern warfare. EME Center and School is playing a pivotal role in providing training of newly inducted equipment in our army to our technicians. EME soldiers besides their routine repair and recovery activities participate in all training/sports competitions arranged by the formations and by now a large no of workshops could fetch laurels to the history of the Corps.
5. Motto. The motto of EME is "to keep you all mobilized with all our sacrifices"
6. Role. The role of the Corps of EME is to ensure repair, recovery and inspection of all types of vehicles, Guns, Army Aircraft, Small Arms, Engineering Equipment, Fire Control Instrument, Electromedical and Tele Communication equipment to some extent.
7. Function. The Corps of EME is organized to perform the following functions:
a. Command and Control of all EME units and sub units.
b. Organize and co-ordinate inspection, repair and recovery of all types of vehicles, Small Arms, Guns and equipment at all levels.
c. Technical advice to the commanders and staff at all levels.
d. Maintain technical efficiency of the equipment.
e. Ensure effective supply of spare parts on receipt from Ordnance in a limited scale.
8. Trg at EME Centre and School. EME Centre & School organizes and conducts following courses for Officers, Junior Commissioned Officers and Other Rank in every training year.
a. Officers’ Courses.
(1) Officers’ Basic Course one per year.
(2) Officers’ Basic Electromedical Course in each alternative year.
(3) Officers’ Recovery Course two per year.
(4) Graduate Officers’ Equipment Course one per year.
b. Junior Commissioned Officers’ Courses.
(1) Promotion Examination – Warrant Officer to Senior Warrant Officer.
(2) Promotion Examination – Sergeant to Warrant Officer.
c. Other Rank Courses.
(1) Armament Artificer Course one per year.
(2) Advance Trade training one or more per year depending on requirement.
(3) Basic Trade training one or more per year depending on requirement.
(4) Initial Trade training two per year.
(5) Promotion Cadres for Other Rank.