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.
Operational roleThe 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 activitiesSport 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.