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6th Battalion The Rifles (6 RIFLES)

6 RIFLES is The Rifles' Reserve Infantry Battalion of the South West and is paired with 1 RIFLES. it is comprised of 500 part-time soldiers from a wide variety of backgrounds and has bases in Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Bristol, Gloucestershire and Herefordshire. The Battalion has four rifle companies and a headquarters company, each comprising approximately 100 soldiers, plus its accomplished, 30-strong Salamanca Band and Bugles that covers ceremonial engagements. The Battalion's principal mission is to train and prepare Reserve Riflemen for front line operations, where they serve alongside and integrated within Regular RIFLES units.

Reserve service in 6 RIFLES allows individuals to work outside the Army and yet commit to being a Rifleman part time. Training takes place over periodic weekends throughout the year, training nights during the week and for a consolidated 2-week period each year. Attendance at any specific training event is voluntary to take account of an individuals's civilian commitments, but Reserve Riflemen are paid for the training they undertake and can earn a financial bonus at the end of each year. The Training is very varied, based upon the sort of skills all people need and includes military training, adventurous training, fitness training and sport, together with overseas travel. Reserve Riflemen wishing to commit to further training or an operational tour alongside a Regular unit have the opportunity to do so. Ex Regular Army officers and soldiers are very welcome and joining the Reserve may attract a financial bonus.

Looking to join the Reserves

The Roles available within 6 RIFLES are not restricted to Infantry, allowing a wider choice of part time jobs to be available:

  • Military chefs
  • Combat medics
  • Human resource specialists
  • Vehicle mechanics
  • Armourers
  • Bandsmen/women
At present woman may join 6 RIFLES in any of the above list non-Infantry roles, with woman being able to join Infantry roles from 2018.

Please take a look at our Join Us page for more information on Joining the Reserves as well as details on locations and timings for their weekly training evening.

6 RIFLES survival expedition video

The Salamanca Band and Bugles

Wyvern Barracks. Tel 01392 492458

The Band & Bugles rehearse every Tuesday evening in Wyvern Barracks from 7.30 – 9.30pm and on specific weekends. Not just a marching band, we pride ourselves on our versatility and provide within our ranks a big band, concert band, jazz band, a pop group and smaller woodwind and brass ensembles. Recent overseas tours have included the Falkland Islands, Cyprus, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Saudi Arabia. Although principally musicians, we also participate in a range of military and adventure training activities. Always on the look out for new talent, enlistment to the band is via audition based at Grade 6. Please phone the number above for further information.

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