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2nd Battalion - The Poachers

The Poachers are the 2nd Battalion of The Royal Anglian Regiment, a Light Role Infantry Battalion that recruits from Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire and Rutland. The Poachers have just returned from Dhekelia, Cyprus, and are now based in Cottesmore, Rutland, ready for possible operations in Afghanistan in 2013.

The Poachers

The Battalion has conducted nine emergency tours of Northern Ireland and served on operations in Cyprus (as part of UNFICYP), Kuwait, Bosnia, Sierra Leone, Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Battalion has also trained across the globe, taking part in exercises in Kenya, Belize, Norway, Denmark, Italy, USA, Canada, Poland, Jamaica and Jordan.

As well as operations and training, The Poachers have played much sport and amongst other titles, have been the Army inter-unit boxing champions four times.

Operational role

The battalion is currently preparing for operations in Afghanistan through a series of demanding exercises involving shooting ranges, live firing, language skills, medical training and counter-improvised explosive device training. When the battalion is called upon to deploy they will be exceptionally well trained. The battalion’s usual role is as a Light Infantry unit which operates on foot and can deploy quickly and with minimal support.

Other activities

Sport and adventurous training are important to the battalion and soldiers have recently had the opportunity to conduct a variety of activities. The battalion has an excellent football team which trains frequently and of course, our very successful boxing team. Any member of the battalion can become part of the different sports teams.

As a leader in the Regiment you must have the intellectual capacity to plan operations under pressure and have the robust mental and physical attributes to see them through to a successful conclusion.

As equipment becomes more sophisticated the demand for soldiers with quick wits is greater than ever. Our Regiment is famous for soldiers with a team spirit based on mutual respect and trust.

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