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Kent and Sharpshooters Yeomanry

C Squadron, known as ‘The Sharpshooters’ is based in Croydon, Surrey, and Windsor. We recruit from across South East England and London.

C Sqn, Royal Yeomanry firing HMG at Lydd Ranges; 2013

Our Role

The squadron provides a strategically deployable light reconnaissance capability which is employable across a wide range of tasks from Peace Support Operations through to major combat operations.

Training

C Squadron is equipped with RWMIK, a highly mobile weapons platform carrying Heavy and General Purpose Machine Guns. Our soldiers train to crew and fight in these vehicles - Each RWIMK requires a driver, gunner and commander.

Some of the training is relevant to civilian work, for example, all RWMIK drivers have their Category C driving licence training paid for by the Army.

C Sqn, Royal Yeomanry Adventure Training in Wales.Sports and Social

Our soldiers take part in adventurous training at every opportunity; this regularly includes skiing and sailing, including in the Caribbean, where they also receive training towards yachting qualifications, all subsidised by the Army.

We have also been white water rafting in Wales, cycling and squadron members regularly play football, volleyball etc. There is a strong social side to the Squadron too with various events throughout the year which also include family and friends.

History

Squadron history stretches back to the East Kent Yeomanry being raised in 1794 prior to the Napoleonic Wars. The Sharpshooters received 42 battle honours for World War II, a total exceeded by only one other Cavalry regiment. We have a Museum (www.sharpshooters.org.uk) at Hever Castle in Kent that was set up to preserve historic items and is open to the general public.

Visit us to find out more

We are based in south London, 20 minutes from London Victoria, 35 minutes from London Bridge and 5 minutes from West Croydon station. We train every Wednesday night, 1930 - 2130, and on average one weekend a month.

If you are interested and want to find out more then come and see us on a Wednesday night between 7.30-9.30pm. Alternatively email ry-c-clerk@mod.uk  or telephone 0208 662 8353.

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