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2nd Battalion The Mercian Regiment

Location: Dale Barracks, Chester, UK

Role: Light-Role Infantry

Who we are - The Battalion takes its rich heritage from The Cheshire Regiment, The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment and The Staffordshire Regiment.

The Battalion consists of five companies. Three are rifle companies who focus on close combat skills. Each of these is about 100 men strong. These rifle companies are supported by a Support Company and a Headquarter Company.

Where we are - The Battalion is based at Dale Barracks in Chester. The city offers a vibrant nightlife, shopping centres and unspoilt countryside on the outskirts. Since its formation in 2007 the Battalion has deployed on three operational tours to Afghanistan and a UN peacekeeping mission to Cyprus.

What we do - The Battalion provides a light-role capability to 42 Infantry Brigade which means a lot of the time spent on operations is done on foot with the ability to operate using helicopters and an array of armoured mobility vehicles. We also have to be able to deploy with and carry all the kit and equipment we are going to need and the Battalion’s soldiers are among the fittest in the Army.

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