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The Mercian Regiment

Composed of two regular and one reserve battalion, The Mercian Regiment weaves the strength and agility of the light role, and the devastating power and speed of the armoured role to fearsome effect on exercise and operations.

The Mercian Regiment recruits from the five counties which formed the ancient Kingdom of Mercia: Staffordshire, Worcestershire, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Cheshire.

Known as The Heart of England's Infantry, we formed on 1st September 2007 through the amalgamation of three existing regiments. The Regiment has deployed on eight operational deployments since its formation, making us one of the most operationally experienced regiments in the British Army.

We work and fight as a proud, close knit family and live to our motto 'Stand Firm Strike Hard'. Through it, we deliver success on operations around the world. Professional, determined and fierce, our reputation marks us out as one of the most effective and modern Infantry units in the British Army.

Alongside returning from Afghanistan, the Regiment has deployed on exercise to Cyprus, Lithuania and Uganda during the past 12 months, and will deploy to Canada and Kenya among others next year.

The Mercian Regiment is recruiting now, offering a unique range of Regular and Reservist roles and opportunities. Life in the Mercian Regiment offers excellent career progression for soldiers and officers. For further information, see the 'join us' tab.

1st Battalion (1 MERCIAN)

The 1st Battalion is an armoured infantry battalion, part of the 1 Mechanized Brigade based at Bulford on Salisbury Plain. The Battalion has deployed on three operational tours since its formation in 2007, one to Iraq and two to Afghanistan.

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