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The Household Cavalry Regiment (HCR)

The Household Cavalry Regiment is permanently based at Combermere Barracks in Windsor, in the Armoured Cavalry (Armd Cav) role. The HCR sits within the Reactive Force of the British Army and is ready to respond to crises around the world.

Traditionally mounted on horseback as a fast and overwhelming force, today the cavalry are mounted in Armoured Fighting Vehicles. The HCR have been the pioneers of their dynamic and exciting new role as Armoured Cavalry on a whole range of these vehicles. They currently use the Scimitar as their primary vehicle. The Scimitar is light, agile and fast allowing it to reach places others can’t. Armoured Cavalry soldiers can fight from their vehicles or on their feet, regularly doing both.

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To gather information from the battlefield in order to provide accurate, timely and continuous intelligence in all conditions and situations.

Crucially the determination, ingenuity and intellect of the Armoured Cavalry soldier sets them apart as surveillance and reconnaissance experts. The Household Cavalry have performed an armoured reconnaissance role since before the Second World War, longer than any other British Regiment.

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The Armoured Cavalry soldier finds, understands and exploits information pertaining to the enemy and the environment. This is made more complex by the modern battlefield where ally, civilian and combatant can be hard to distinguish between.

The Armoured Cavalry soldier is ready to employ the full array of the UK’s expeditionary arsenal when required, but importantly understands the value of restraint and the consequences of his deductions.

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Looking forwards over the next few years the Household Cavalry will continue to work to hone the new concept of the Armoured Cavalry. This will include how best to move from a ‘reconnaissance by stealth’ capability to a ‘reconnaissance by force’ narrative. This is in preparation for the replacement of Scimitar with Scout by 2020. The Scout is a much larger vehicle with superior protection and firepower – this necessitates a changed in the way the HCR approach their reconnaissance role.
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