Command Sergeant Major
Command Sergeant Major (Comd SM) Allan Ridler enlisted into the Royal Engineers in October 1995. An Armoured Engineer by trade, his early career was spent exercising in British Forces Germany and on operations in Bosnia until assignment to 3 Royal School of Military Engineering Regiment as an Instructor.
Promoted to Sergeant in 2005 he deployed to Iraq on Op TELIC 6, and Afghanistan on Op HERRICK 6. Upon promotion to Staff Sergeant he returned to Afghanistan on Op HERRICK 10 and received a Commander Joint Operations’ Commendation for the construction of Forward Operating Base SHAWQAT in the Nad-e Ali district.
Initial assignment as a Warrant Officer Class Two saw him employed within the Royal Engineer Pipeline Management and Coordination Cell. His performance was once again recognised with a Director General Army Recruiting and Training Division Commendation. Subsequent selection for Squadron Sergeant Major saw him return to Afghanistan for a third time on Op HERRICK 18. He also deployed with the Squadron to Kenya on a Joint Force Enabling Exercise as part of a large-scale construction within Laikipia Airforce Base.
On promotion to Warrant Officer Class One he elected to complete an assignment within the Army Inspectorate, Army HQ, as the Sergeant Major. Responsible for supporting the delivery of appropriate assurance and regulation of activity across Defence, the position also included membership to the Army Sergeant Major’s Command Group of Formation Command and Corps Sergeant Majors. On 3 November 2016 he was selected for appointment as the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps Command Sergeant Major and took post on 23 January 2017.
During a full career he has qualified in audit, project, risk and strategic business management and is currently working towards a master’s degree in business administration. He has achieved competitive success in swimming and completed a very successful career as an Army Cycling and British Cycling Elite category road cyclist. He now invests his spare time coaching and mentoring the Men’s Road Army Cycling Race Team (ACRT) as the Performance Manager. For over 19 years he has been supported by an understanding wife and is a proud father to his two teenage children.