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The Rifles

The Rifles is a forward-looking, innovative, infantry regiment relying on mutual respect & self-discipline. The Rifles trace their values and heritage back to the Peninsular War and the time portrayed in the TV series Sharpe. Then, as today, independence of thought and action were prized amongst the specialist soldiers equipped with rifles who were known as Riflemen.

Video overview of The Rifles

Largest regiment in the Infantry

 

With five regular and two Army Reserve battalions, The Rifles offers unique, full time and part time opportunities to acquire skills and to experience a wide range of adventures.

If you want independence, respect, friends for life, to learn new skills, excitement and success in later life, we can help you achieve it.

Roles, skills and locations

We have the widest range of roles of any infantry regiment and, uniquely, we have a battalion which was until recently in the Commando role with 3 Commando Brigade. Other battalions offer armoured infantry in Warrior AFVs, light role for jungle and mountain operations and mechanized in the heavy protected mobility role in wheeled AFVs.

Our roles require the modern-day Rifleman to master many skills including: 

  • Sniper
  • Mortarman
  • Medic
  • Anti tank guided weapons specialist
  • Driver including HGV and tracked
  • Radio operator
  • IT specialist
  • Combat engineer
  • plus a range of people skills and experience transferrable to a successful career later in civilian life

The Rifles trace their values and heritage back to the Peninsular War and the time portrayed in the TV series Sharpe. Then as today independence of thought and action were prized among the specialist soldiers equipped with rifles who were known as Riflemen.

Territorial elements of the regiment are spread through the South West and Home Counties of England together with a presence in the Midlands and County Durham. They support operations worldwide and most recently Salonika Company drawn from 7 Rifles was deployed in Afghanistan.

Current operations and deployments

The Rifles are often on operations and training deployments worldwide including

  • The Falklands
  • Kenya
  • South Georgia
  • Kosovo
  • Belize
  • Iraq and
  • Afghanistan.

There are plenty of opportunities for sport and expeditions and in the last 18 months Riflemen have climbed in the Himalayas, skied in the Alps and boxed at national level.

Thinking of joining?

Whether you want to join or rejoin as a full-time or part-time infantryman, The Rifles offer a unique range of roles and opportunities to acquire skills unmatched by any other infantry regiment.

Candidates for a Commission should be over seventeen years and nine months, and under twenty nine years of age on the date of entry to Sandhurst. Find out more about a Commission in The Rifles here.

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