Structure of the British Army

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Structure of the British Army
The structure of the British Army is broadly similar to that of the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force, in that the four-star
(general-equivalent) field commands have been eliminated. Army Headquarters is located in Andover, Hampshire. As the toplevel budget holder, this organisation is responsible for providing forces at operational readiness for employment by the
Permanent Joint Headquarters. There is a Commander Field Army and a personnel and UK operations command, Home
Command.
The command structure is hierarchical with divisions and brigades controlling groupings of units from an administrative
perspective. Major Units are regiment or battalion-sized with minor units being either company sized sub-units or platoons. All
units within the service are either Regular (full-time) or Army Reserve (full-time or part-time), or a combination with sub-units of
each type.
Naming conventions of units differ for traditional British historical reasons, creating a significant opportunity for confusion; an
infantry battalion is equivalent to a cavalry regiment. An infantry regiment is an administrative and ceremonial organisation only,
and may include several battalions. For operational tasks, a battle group will be formed around a combat unit, supported by units
or sub-units from other areas. An example would be a squadron of tanks attached to an armoured infantry battle group, together
with a reconnaissance troop, artillery battery and engineering support.
Since the 1957 Defence Review, the structure of the Army has consistently shrunk. A comparison of the List of British Army
Regiments (1962), the List of British Army Regiments (1994) and the List of British Army Regiments (2008) will show the steep
decline in the number of infantry and armoured regiments. Since 1990, reductions have been almost constant, through succeeding
defence reviews: Options for Change (1990), Front Line First (1994), the Strategic Defence Review of 1998, Delivering Security
in a Changing World (2003), and the Strategic Defence and Security Review of 2010. However, the 2015 Review indicated no
change from the personnel number targets set in 2010.
Contents
Army Headquarters
Formations
Commands
Corps
Divisions
Brigades
Order of precedence
Army 2020
Arms and services
Combat Arms
Household Cavalry and Royal Armoured Corps
Infantry
Brigade of Gurkhas
Special Forces
Combat Support Arms
Royal Regiment of Artillery
Corps of Royal Engineers
Royal Corps of Signals
Army Air Corps
Intelligence Corps
Combat Service Support Arms
Royal Logistic Corps
Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
Medical services
Adjutant General's Corps
Other services
Training
Units of the Army Reserve
Combat Arms
Armour
Infantry
Special Air Service
Combat Support
Honourable Artillery Company
Royal Artillery
Royal Engineers
Royal Signals
Army Air Corps
Intelligence Corps
Combat Service Support
Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
Royal Logistic Corps
Army Medical Services
Notes
External links and sources
Army Headquarters
Through a major army reorganisation effective 1 November 2011, the Chief of the General Staff took direct command of the
Army through a new structure, based at Andover[1] and known as "Army Headquarters".[2][3]
Reporting to the Chief of the General Staff are four lieutenant-generals: the Deputy Chief of the General Staff; the Commander
Field Army (CFA); the Commander Home Command (CHC), and Commander Allied Rapid Reaction Corps. The CFA is
responsible for generating and preparing forces for current and contingency operations; he commands 1st (United Kingdom)
Division, 3rd (United Kingdom) Division, Force Troops Command and Joint Helicopter Command (FTC).[4] CHC is responsible
for commanding a wide variety or organisations that both contribute to the administrative running of the Army (i.e. the Army
Personnel Centre (APC) in Glasgow), and focuses on the 'home base' (i.e. Regional Command).
Formations
Commands
A command is a military formation that handles a specific task or region, and can direct forces as large as multiple corps or as
little as a few battalions. Previously the Army had regional commands in the UK, including Aldershot Command, Eastern
Command, Northern Command, Scottish Command, Southern Command and Western Command. In addition, there were
functional commands, such as Anti-Aircraft Command (disbanded in the 1950s), and overseas commands, such as Middle East
Command. Gradually, these were consolidated into a land command in the UK, Headquarters UK Land Forces, and a land
command in Germany, British Army of the Rhine. Eventually, both were merged into Land Command and later, Field Army.
From 1995, UK commands and later districts were replaced by regenerative divisions. 2nd Division, 4th Division, 5th Division
and London District acted as regional commands within the UK reporting to Commander Regional Forces. Scotland District was
absorbed by 2nd Division in 2000. The divisions were responsible for training subordinate formations and units under their
command for operations in the UK, such as Military Aid to the Civil Community, as well as training units for overseas
deployments. 2nd, 4th and 5th Divisions were replaced by Support Command on 1 November 2011.[5]
London District includes many units with significant ceremonial roles. The Queen's Guard at Buckingham Palace and Windsor
Castle is primarily mounted by the two Foot Guards Battalions and one Line Infantry Battalion, together with the Foot Guards
Incremental companies: Nijmegen Company, Grenadier Guards, No 7 Company, Coldstream Guards, and F Company, Scots
Guards. The guard at Horse Guards is normally drawn from the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment (HCMR). The
Honourable Artillery Company carries out public duties in the City of London. The HAC and the King's Troop, Royal Horse
Artillery provide gun salutes in London. Under the General Officer Commanding Scotland, public duties in Edinburgh are the
responsibility of a new incremental company, Balaklava Company, 5th Battalion, the Royal Regiment of Scotland (Argyll and
Sutherland Highlanders), formed after the reduction of the Argylls from battalion status.
Corps
A corps, in the sense of a field fighting
formation, is a formation of two or more
divisions, potentially 50,000 personnel or more.
While the British Army has no standing corps
headquarters, forces are allocated through a
number of multinational arrangements to the
North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) and
European commitments, providing much of the
headquarters capability and framework for the
multinational Allied Rapid Reaction Corps. The
last purely British corps, I (BR) Corps,
disbanded in Germany after the end of the Cold
War.
British Army lists
Commands and Army groups
Field armies in the First World War
Field armies in the Second World War
Corps in the First World War
Corps in the Second World War
groupings by common function, such as the
Divisions in the First World War
Divisions in the Second World War
Brigades in the First World War
Royal Armoured Corps and Army Air Corps.
Brigades in the Second World War
Various Combat Support Arms and Services are
Regiments of Cavalry
Royal Armoured Corps Regiments in Second World War
The word corps is also used for administrative
referred to in the wider sense as a Corps, such as
the Royal Corps of Signals.
Royal Artillery Batteries
Regiments of Foot
Divisions
A division is a formation of three or four
Regiments in 1881
Territorial Force Units in 1908
brigades, around twenty thousand personnel,
Yeomanry Regiments converted to Royal Artillery
commanded by a Major General.
Regiments in 1962
Regiments in 1994
The British Army has two deployable divisions,
capable of deploying the headquarters and
subordinate
formations
immediately
to
operations.
Regiments in 2008
Territorial Army units in 2012
Present-day Regiments
Nicknames of regiments
1st (United Kingdom) Division
3rd (United Kingdom) Division
London District is responsible for the maintenance of capability for the defence of the capital and the provision of ceremonial
units and garrisons for the Crown Estate in London, such as the Tower of London.
Several infantry regiments are organised into four administrative divisions based on the type of infantry unit or traditional
recruiting areas:
Guards Division
Scottish, Welsh and Irish Division
King's Division
Queen's Division
Brigades
A brigade contains three or four battalion-sized units, around 5,000 personnel, and is commanded by a one star officer, a
Brigadier. The brigade will contain a wide range of military disciplines allowing the conduct of a spectrum of military tasks.
The brigade would be required to deploy up to three separate battlegroups, the primary tactical formation employed in British
doctrine. The battlegroup is a mixed formation built around the core of one unit, an armoured regiment or infantry battalion, with
sub-units providing artillery, engineers, logistics, aviation, etc., as required.
Combat formations include:[6]
4th Infantry Brigade and Headquarters North-East
7th Infantry Brigade and Headquarters East
11th Infantry Brigade and Headquarters South-East
38th Infantry Brigade and Headquarters Northern Ireland
51st Infantry Brigade and Headquarters Scotland
160th Infantry Brigade and Headquarters Wales
1st Strike Brigade
2nd Strike (Experimentation) Brigade
12th Armoured Infantry Brigade
20th Armoured Infantry Brigade
16th Air Assault Brigade
Specialist Infantry Group (4 Battalions)
There are also several non-combat focused service support units of brigade size.[6]
1st Artillery Brigade and Headquarters South West
1st Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Brigade
1st Military Police Brigade
1st Signal Brigade
2nd Medical Brigade
8th Engineer Brigade
11th Signal Brigade and Headquarters West Midlands
77th Brigade
101st Logistic Brigade
102nd Logistic Brigade - Disbanding in 2019
104th Logistic Support Brigade
In addition to the brigades there are a number of "other formations".[6]
Joint Helicopter Command
Joint Air-Defence Command
Joint Forces Command
London District
British Forces Brunei
British Forces Cyprus
United Kingdom Special Forces Command
Order of precedence
The British Army parades according to the order of precedence, from right to left, with the unit at the extreme right being highest
on the order. The Household Cavalry has the highest precedence, unless the Royal Horse Artillery parades with its guns.
Army 2020
In 2010, the incoming government conducted a defence review. Those elements affecting the army were released as part of the
Future British Army Structure (Next Steps) publication,[7] which was superseded by the "Army 2020" concept announced in
2012. Under Army 2020 the army will be divided into:
Reaction forces comprising a modified 16 Air Assault Brigade and an armoured division (3rd (UK) Division) of
three armoured infantry brigades. These will be the 1st, 12th and 20th Armoured Infantry Brigades.[8][9]
Adaptive forces comprising a division (1st (UK) Division) of seven infantry brigades, three of which (the 4th, 7th,
and 51st) will be deployable. This will be assisted by another 2-star command, Support Command (United
Kingdom)[10][11][12]
Force troops and logistics support comprising eight brigades.
All units from Germany will gradually move back to the UK. The basing plan was released on 5 March 2013. This positions 3rd
(UK) Division as the head of the Reaction Force. 1st (UK) Division is the division in charge of the Adaptable Force being based
in York. This basing plan locates all three Reaction Force Brigades, along with the three Armoured Regiments and the six
Armoured Infantry Battalions, in the Salisbury Plain training area.[13][14]
Refinements to the plans following the 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review became known as "Army 2020 Refine". [15]
Arms and services
Combat Arms
The Combat Arms are the "teeth" of the British Army, infantry, armoured and aviation units which engage in close action.
Household Cavalry and Royal Armoured Corps
Regiments of line cavalry and the Royal Tank Regiment together form the Royal Armoured Corps which has units equipped with
either main battle tanks, light armour for reconnaissance, or lightly armoured vehicles for the light cavalry role. An additional
reconnaissance regiment is provided by the Household Cavalry Regiment, of the Household Cavalry, which administratively is
not considered to be part of the RAC, but is included among the RAC order of battle for operational tasking.
Armoured Regiments
Armoured Cavalry Regiments
Light Cavalry Regiments
The King's Royal Hussars
Household Cavalry Regiment
1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards
The Queen's Royal Hussars
(Queen's Own and Royal Irish)
The Royal Dragoon Guards
The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards
(Carabiniers and Greys)
The Royal Tank Regiment
The Royal Lancers
(Queen Elizabeth's Own)
The Light Dragoons
Infantry
The Infantry is divided for administrative purposes into four 'divisions', with battalions being trained and equipped to operate in
one of six main roles:
Air Assault Infantry
Armoured Infantry
Light Infantry
Mechanised Infantry
Specialised Training Infantry
Public Duties
Under the arms-plot system, a battalion would spend between two and six years in one role, before re-training for another.
Following a review of the operation of the army, it has been demonstrated that this system is inefficient and it is being phased out,
with battalions specialising in role—this will see armoured infantry, mechanised infantry and air assault battalions remaining in a
single posting; however, light infantry battalions will continue to be periodically rotated between postings. Personnel will be
"trickle posted" between battalions of the same regiment as required, and to further their careers.
Scottish, Welsh and
Irish Division
King's Division
1st Bn,
Grenadier
Guards
1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th Bn,
The Royal Regiment of
Scotland
1st & 2nd Bn, The Duke of
Lancaster's Regiment
(King's Lancashire and Border)
1st & 2nd Bn, The Princess of
Wales's
Royal Regiment (Queen's and
Royal Hampshires)
1st Bn,
Coldstream
Guards
1st Bn, The Royal
Welsh
1st & 2nd Bn The Yorkshire
Regiment (14th/15th,
19th and 33rd/76th Foot)
1st Bn, The Royal Regiment of
Fusiliers
1st Bn, Scots
Guards
1st Bn, The Royal Irish
Regiment
(27th (Inniskilling) 83rd
and 87th
and The Ulster
Defence Regiment)
1st & 2nd Bn, The Mercian
Regiment (Cheshire,
Worcesters and Foresters, and
Staffords)
1st & 2nd Bn, The Royal Anglian
Regiment
Guards Division
1st Bn, Irish
Guards
Queen's Division
The Royal Gibraltar Regiment
1st Bn, Welsh
Guards
Three further infantry units in the regular army are not grouped within the various infantry divisions:
1st, 2nd & 3rd Bn, The Parachute Regiment
1st, 2nd & 3rd Bn, The Royal Gurkha Rifles
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th & 5th Bn, The Rifles.
The role of the Royal Gibraltar Regiment is limited to the defence of Gibraltar.
The three senior regiments of foot guards, plus the Royal Regiment of Scotland, each maintain an additional reinforced company
that retains custody of the colours of battalions that are in suspended animation:
Nijmegen Company, Grenadier Guards (ex 2nd Bn, Grenadier Guards)
No. 7 Company, Coldstream Guards (ex 2nd Bn, Coldstream Guards)
F Company, Scots Guards (ex 2nd Bn, Scots Guards)
Balaklava Company, Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, The Royal Regiment of Scotland (ex 5th Bn, The Royal
Regiment of Scotland)
Brigade of Gurkhas
The Royal Gurkha Rifles is the largest element of the Brigade of Gurkhas, which includes its own support arms. These units are
affiliated to the equivalent British units, but have their own unique cap badges.
Support units of the Brigade of Gurkhas
Queen's Gurkha Engineers:
69 Field Squadron, 36 Engineer Regiment, Royal Engineers
70 Field Support Squadron, 36 Engineer Regiment, Royal Engineers
Queen's Gurkha Signals:
246 Gurkha Signal Squadron, 2 Signal Regiment, Royal Signals
248 Gurkha Signal Squadron, 22 Signal Regiment, Royal Signals
250 Gurkha Signal Squadron, 30 Signal Regiment, Royal Signals
10 Queen's Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment RLC
Special Forces
Special Air Service – The Regular Army's special forces formation is a single, battalion sized unit, 22nd SAS
Regiment.
Special Forces Support Group – A tri-service unit formed around 1st Battalion, Parachute Regiment and
enhanced with personnel from Combat Support Services, the Royal Marines and RAF Regiment. SFSG is
designed to provide support to Special Forces operations.
Special Reconnaissance Regiment – A tri-service element of the United Kingdom Special Forces alongside the
SAS and Special Boat Service.
Note: UKSF is considered a joint organisation and as such falls outside the Army chain of command.
Combat Support Arms
The Combat Support Arms provide direct support to the Combat Arms and include artillery, engineer, signals and aviation.
Royal Regiment of Artillery
The Royal Artillery consists of 13 Regular Regiments and 5 Reserve Regiments along with the ceremonial King's Troop.
Although not part of the Royal Regiment of Artillery the Honourable Artillery Company shares some of the same capabilities.
Four of the Regular Regiments retain the cap badge, or "cypher", and traditions of the Royal Horse Artillery, although this
naming convention has no link to the role that they undertake. The Royal Artillery undertakes six different roles:[16]
Home
Defence
(Ceremonial)
Air
Defence
Close
Support
(AS90 &
MRLS)
Close
Support
(L118 Light
Gun)
King's Troop,
RHA
12
Regiment
RA
1st
Regiment
RHA
7th (Para)
Regiment
RHA
16
Regiment
RA
19
Regiment
RA
29 (Cdo)
Regiment
RA
26
Regiment
RA
3rd
Regiment
RHA
Surveillance and
Target Acquisition
(STA)
Unmanned
Aerial Systems
(UAS)
Training
5 Regiment RA
32 Regiment RA
14
Regiment
RA
Honourable Artillery
Company (HAC)
47 Regiment RA
4 Regiment
RA
Corps of Royal Engineers
The Royal Engineers is a corps of 15 regiments in the regular army providing military engineering (civil engineering, assault
engineering and demolition) capabilities to the field army and facilities management expertise within garrisons.
Regiments are associated with Brigade level formations with a number of independent squadrons and support groups associated
with specific tasks:
The Royal School of Military Engineering (RSME) comprises two recruit training regiments:
1 RSME Regiment – Construction Engineer School
3 RSME Regiment – Combat Engineer School
The remainder are field regiments attached to various deployable formations:
21 Engineer Regiment
22 Engineer Regiment
23 Parachute Engineer Regiment
24 Commando Engineer Regiment
26 Engineer Regiment
32 Engineer Regiment
33 Engineer Regiment (EOD)
35 Engineer Regiment
36 Engineer Regiment
39 Engineer Regiment
42 Engineer Regiment (Geographic)
Royal Corps of Signals
The Royal Signals is a corps of 10 Regiments and 13 independent squadrons which provides communications and information
systems support to formations of Brigade level and above. Below the Brigade level support is provided by Battalion Signallers
drawn from the parent unit. Within the deployable brigades, the Signal Regiment also provides support to the HQ function
including logistics, life support and force protection capabilities.
1st Signal Regiment
2nd Signal Regiment
3rd (United Kingdom) Division Signal Regiment
10th Signal Regiment
11th (Royal School of Signals) Signal Regiment
14th Signal Regiment (Electronic Warfare)
15th Signal Regiment (Information Support)
16th Signal Regiment
18th (UKSF) Signal Regiment
21st Signal Regiment
22nd Signal Regiment
30th Signal Regiment
Army Air Corps
The Army Air Corps provides battlefield air support with six regiments and four independent squadrons and flights:
1 Regiment Army Air Corps
2 Regiment Army Air Corps
3 Regiment Army Air Corps
4 Regiment Army Air Corps
5 Regiment Army Air Corps
7 (Training) Regiment Army Air Corps
657 Squadron (RAF Odiham)
658 Squadron (Stirling Lines)
7 Flight (Brunei)
25 Flight (AAC Middle Wallop)
Intelligence Corps
The Intelligence Corps provides intelligence support including collection, interpretation and counter-intelligence capabilities with
three battalions and a joint service group:
1 Military Intelligence Battalion
2 Military Intelligence Battalion
4 Military Intelligence Battalion
15 (UK) Psychological Operations Group
Combat Service Support Arms
The Combat Service Support Arms provide sustainment and support for the Combat and Combat Support Arms. Whilst CSS
personnel are not intended to close with and engage opposition forces, the fluidity of the modern battlefield means that these
personnel are likely to be engaged in close combat at times, particularly when associated with Battle Groups.
Royal Logistic Corps
The Royal Logistic Corps is the largest single corps in the British Army:
1 Close Support Logistic Regiment RLC
3 Close Support Logistic Regiment RLC
4 Close Support Logistic Regiment RLC
6 Force Logistic Regiment RLC
7 Force Logistic Regiment RLC
9 Theatre Logistic Regiment RLC
10 Queen's Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment RLC
11 Explosive Ordnance Disposal and Search Regiment RLC
13 Air Assault Support Regiment RLC
17 Port and Maritime Regiment RLC
25 Training Support Regiment RLC
27 Theatre Logistic Regiment RLC
29 Postal Courier & Movement Regiment RLC
Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
The Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers is a corps that provides maintenance support to equipment and vehicles. Most
units will have either a Light Aid Detachment (LAD) or Workshop (Wksp) attached. Seven battalions provide support to
formations of brigade level and above:
1 Close Support Battalion REME
2 Close Support Battalion REME
3 Close Support Battalion REME
4 Close Support Battalion REME
5 Force Support Battalion REME
6 Close Support Battalion REME
7 Aviation Support Battalion REME
Medical services
The Army Medical Services provide primary and secondary care for the armed forces in fixed locations and whilst deployed on
operations. Personnel are attached to a parent unit, one of five field regiments or the defence medical services. The AMS
comprises four different Corps providing the range of medical and veterinary care, with the Royal Army Medical Corps also
providing the administrative framework for the regiments.
Royal Army Medical Corps
1st Armoured Medical Regiment
2nd Medical Regiment
3 Medical Regiment
4 Armoured Medical Regiment
5 Armoured Medical Regiment
16 Medical Regiment
225 Medical Regiment
253 Medical Regiment
22 Field Hospital
33 Field Hospital
34 Field Hospital
254 Medical Regiment
Royal Army Dental Corps
Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps
Royal Army Veterinary Corps
1 Military Working Dog Regiment
Adjutant General's Corps
The Adjutant General's Corps provides administrative, police and disciplinary and educational support to the army. The AGC is
an amalgamation with three of the constituent units retaining their previous cap badge. Personnel from the AGC administrative
and educational specialisations serve in attached posts to establishments or units of other arms. The police and disciplinary
activities retain their own cap badges and act as discrete bodies. The Corps as a whole is divided into four separate branches:
Staff and Personnel Branch: The SPS branch is the largest part of the AGC and has responsibility for providing
most administrative functions, including finance, IT support, human resources. The SPS branch was formed by
the amalgamation of the Royal Army Pay Corps with elements of the Royal Army Ordnance Corps and Women's
Royal Army Corps.
Education and Training Services Branch: The ETS branch provides for the educational needs of all serving
personnel. These cover both professional development within the army, and wider personal development. The
ETS branch was formed through the renaming of the Royal Army Educational Corps.
Army Legal Services Branch: The ALS branch provides legal advice to the army and to individuals requiring
representation at Courts Martial. It is one of the smallest individual units, numbering 120 professionally qualified
lawyers. All of its members are officers. The ALS branch retains the cap badge and traditions of the Army Legal
Corps.
Provost Branch: The Provost branch consists of three separate elements:
Military Provost Staff: The MPS is the element of the provost branch responsible for administering military
correctional facilities. The MPS is one of the few elements in the army that does not recruit directly; instead,
its members are volunteers from other branches of the army. The MPS retains the cap badge and traditions
of the Military Provost Staff Corps.
Royal Military Police: The RMP provides the army's policing services, both in peacetime and in wartime.
Units of the RMP are trained to deploy with the Field Army in the event of mobilisation. The RMP provides
two regular regiments and supplements Army Reserve regiments with one Provost company each. A further
provost company is trained in the air assault mission and is permanently attached to 16 Air Assault Brigade.
The Corps also provides a number of specialist capabilities, such as the Special Investigation Branch, Close
Protection Teams and special escort capabilities.
1 Regiment, Royal Military Police
3 Regiment, Royal Military Police
Military Provost Guard Service: The MPGS is a unit dedicated to the guarding of military installations,
allowing the army to replace civilian guards with trained soldiers. The MPGS has responsibilities at
installations belonging to all three services.
Other services
Royal Army Physical Training Corps
Corps of Army Music
Royal Army Chaplains' Department
Small Arms School Corps
Training
Training in the Regular Army differs for soldiers and officers but in general takes place in at least two phases:
Phase one training is basic military training for all new recruits. Here candidates learn the basic standards of military performance
including operation in the field, weapon handling, personal administration, drill etc.
Prospective officers attend the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, where they undergo basic training in
soldiering, defence policy and the structure of government, administration, command and leadership. The
Commissioning Course for new entry officers lasts 44 weeks. Some specialist branches, Medical and Legal,
undergo a short course which provides basic military training.
Infantry soldiers undergo a 26-week course at the Infantry Training Centre at Catterick Garrison which combines
phase one and phase two training.
Soldiers in other specialisations undergo the 14-week Army Development Course at the Army Training Centre,
Pirbright or the Army Training Regiment at Winchester
Junior Soldiers (Under 18) at the Army Foundation College in Harrogate undergo either 23 or 46 weeks training
(Junior Soldiers with trades complete 23 weeks and infantry Junior Soldiers complete 46 weeks)
Phase two training is specific to the trade that the soldier or officer will follow and is conducted in a branch specialised school.
Phase two training enables the individual to join an operational unit prepared to contribute to operational effectiveness. These
schools are under the direction of the parent corps or arm of the service, as illustrated above, with the Infantry Training Centre
being formed of two training battalions.
Units of the Army Reserve
Combat Arms
Armour
The four armoured regiments of the Army Reserve operate in two roles - provision of crew replacements for armoured regiments,
and Light Cavalry (reconnaissance):
Royal Yeomanry
Royal Wessex Yeomanry
Queen's Own Yeomanry
Scottish and North Irish Yeomanry
Infantry
52nd Lowland, 6th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland
51st Highland, 6th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland
3rd Battalion, The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment
4th Battalion, The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment
The London Regiment
4th Battalion, The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment
5th Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers
3rd Battalion, The Royal Anglian Regiment
4th Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment
4th Battalion, The Mercian Regiment
3rd Battalion, The Royal Welsh
2nd Battalion, The Royal Irish Regiment
4th Battalion, The Parachute Regiment
6th Battalion, The Rifles
7th Battalion, The Rifles
8th Battalion, The Rifles
Special Air Service
21st Special Air Service Regiment (Artists)
23rd Special Air Service Regiment
Combat Support
Honourable Artillery Company
Honourable Artillery Company
Royal Artillery
101 (Northumbrian) Regiment RA - MLRS
103 Regiment RA - Light Gun
104 Regiment RA - UAV
105 Regiment RA - Light Gun
106 (Yeomanry) Regiment RA - Air Defence
Royal Engineers
The Engineer and Logistic Staff Corps – Specialist industry knowledge (invitation only, industry leaders)
Royal Monmouthshire Royal Engineers (Militia) – Field Regiment
71 Engineer Regiment
75 Engineer Regiment
Note: Although the Royal Monmouthshire Royal Engineers is part of the Royal Engineers order of battle, it is a separate regiment
with its own cap badge, regimental colours and traditions.
Royal Signals
32 (Scottish) Signal Regiment
37 (Wessex and Welsh) Signal Regiment
39 (Skinners) Signal Regiment
71 (Yeomanry) Signal Regiment
63 (SAS) Signal Squadron
Army Air Corps
6 Regiment, Army Air Corps
Intelligence Corps
3 Military Intelligence Battalion
5 Military Intelligence Battalion
6 Military Intelligence Battalion
7 Military Intelligence Battalion
Combat Service Support
Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
101 Battalion, REME
102 Battalion, REME
103 Battalion, REME
Royal Logistic Corps
150 Regiment
151 Regiment
152 (North Irish) Regiment
154 (Scottish) Regiment
156 Regiment
157 (Welsh) Regiment
158 Regiment
159 Regiment
162 Regiment
165 Port and Maritime Regiment
167 Catering Support Regiment
383 Commando Petroleum Troop
Army Medical Services
201 (Northern) Field Hospital
202 (Midlands) Field Hospital
203 (Welsh) Field Hospital
204 (North Irish) Field Hospital
205 (Scottish) Field Hospital
207 (Manchester) Field Hospital
208 (Liverpool) Field Hospital
212 (Yorkshire) Field Hospital
217 (London) General Hospital
243 (Wessex) Field Hospital
256 (City of London) Field Hospital
306 Hospital Support Regiment
335 Medical Evacuation Regiment
Medical Operational Support Group
Notes
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h/3/20111121%20FOI%20Cross%20Response%20V2%20U.pdf)
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548/http://www.dmilt.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2506%3Auk-army-command-reorgani
zation&catid=1%3Aeurope&Itemid=57) 2011-11-12 at the Wayback Machine Defence Marketing Intelligence, 10
November 2011
3. Higher Command (http://www.army.mod.uk/structure/142.aspx) Archived (https://web.archive.org/web/20130605
053921/http://www.army.mod.uk/structure/142.aspx) 2013-06-05 at the Wayback Machine
4. "Army Structure" (https://www.army.mod.uk/media/2400/armystructure_landscape_v4-01.png). Ministry of
Defence. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
5. Charles Heyman, 'The British Army: A Pocket Guide 2012-2013', p.31
6. "Formations, Divisions & Brigades" (https://www.army.mod.uk/who-we-are/formations-divisions-brigades/).
www.army.mod.uk. Retrieved 2019-01-20.
7. Briefing Paper SN06038 Defence Basing Review: Headline Decisions (http://www.parliament.uk/briefing-papers/
SN06038.pdf) House of Commons Library
8. "Famed Desert Rats to lose their tanks under Army cuts" (https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/defence/991
1295/Famed-Desert-Rats-to-lose-their-tanks-under-Army-cuts.html). Telegraph. 2013-03-05. Retrieved
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UK Ministry of Defence, June 2005 edition
Operations in the UK: The Defence Contribution to Resilience (Interim Joint Doctrine Publication 2)
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