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The Scottish and North Irish Yeomanry

The Royal Mercian and Lancastrian Yeomanry in a RWMIK.

The Scottish and North Irish Yeomanry (SNIY) is one of the Army's Reserve light cavalry regiments (Lt Cav Regt) carrying out combat recce. The regiment has squadrons in Ayr, Belfast, Cupar and Edinburgh.

The light cavalry soldier needs to be fit, adaptable and self-reliant, prepared to work in small teams in any weather conditions to get the job done. Often well in front of other friendly forces gathering intelligence on the enemy and environment, he is master of his equipment, mounted in light armoured vehicles (R-WMIKs), which are equipped with the General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG), the Browning .50 Heavy Machine Gun (HMG) and the latest BOWMAN digital battlefield communications system – together with surveillance optics, including thermal imaging, to see at night.


Light cavalry role


The light cavalry soldier is equally at home on his feet and will be trained to fight for battlefield information by day or night and under testing and arduous conditions.

The SNIY is paired with The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards Regular light cavalry regiment, and currently serves alongside them with trained crewmen on operations anywhere in the world. Our light cavalry role as reconnaissance means that our soldiers need to be as confident sending a vital radio message while driving cross-country as they are carrying out a covert night patrol or manning an observation post – a mix of activities which few other units can match.

As well as being in the middle of the action, we pride ourselves on forming long-lasting friendships, having fun, playing sport and taking part in many outdoor adventure activities. If you're looking for a serious challenge, with serious equipment in a serious role, then email us now on SNIY-RHQ-ROSWO@mod.uk to find out how we can help you become a member of our team.


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