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About us

The Rifles is the largest infantry regiment in the British Army; offering unmatched opportunity through a choice of jobs, roles and base locations within 3-hours travelling time from practically anywhere within the United Kingdom.

The Infantry

“Let us be clear about three facts. First, all battles and all wars are won in the end by the infantryman. Second, the infantryman always bears the brunt. Third, the art of the infantryman is less routine and far harder to acquire in modern war than that of any other arm… We ought therefore to put our men of best intelligence and endurance into the Infantry.” (Field Marshall Earl Wavell, 19 Apr 1945)

The Infantry is a Combat Arm and The Rifles remains at the heart of the Infantry’s action today.

The Rifles

The Rifles was formed in 2007 through the merger of four famous regiments and proudly remains the county regiment of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Durham, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Oxfordshire, Shropshire, Somerset, Wiltshire and key parts of Yorkshire. The Regiment also retains strong historical ties to London, Liverpool, Merseyside, Birmingham, Coventry, Mansfield and Winchester. The Rifles is therefore a national regiment that seeks quality recruits from across the UK, British Commonwealth and the Republic of Ireland, subject to nationality conditions being met.


Riflemen are distinct from the rest of the British Army. The Regiment’s officers and soldiers alike are ‘Riflemen’; bound together into a close-knit brotherhood shaped by a common ethos, characteristics and experiences. Riflemen draw greatest satisfaction from their excellence on the battlefield, take pride in their shooting and fitness, wear rifle green uniforms with black buttons, march faster than the rest of the British Army and enjoy an atmosphere of relaxed, self-discipline, rather than the blind discipline more commonly associated with military life. The Rifles is always seeking quality young people to become Riflemen in a Regiment where the command “ATTENTION!” is never used because it is assumed.

Join as a Soldier

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Whether you want to join, rejoin or transfer as a Regular Soldier within the Army, The Rifles offers an unmatched range of Infantry opportunities.

Join as an Officer


Command in The Rifles is exercised by officers with a lightness of touch, underpinned by strong, confident and knowledgeable leadership.

Join as a Reserve Soldier


Whether you want to join, rejoin or transfer as a Reserve Soldier within the Army, The Rifles offers an unmatched range of Infantry opportunities.

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