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6th Battalion The Rifles

Welcome to the 6th Battalion The Rifles (6 RIFLES), one of the Regiment's two Army Reserve battalions.  We comprise 520 part-time soldiers and we come from a wide variety of backgrounds throughout the Southwest of England; if you live in Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset or Gloucestershire we are your local country regiment.

Light Roled Infantry Army Reserve Battalion

Our principal mission is to train and prepare our soldiers for front line operations in southern Afghanistan; we've had people deployed in Helmand almost non-stop since our formation in 2007. We deploy up to 85 soldiers at a time, and we support our five regular Rifles battalions in the form of individual reinforcements when they deploy.

We can find ourselves in any of the main operating bases, and we get involved in exactly the same demanding roles as our full time counter-parts: routine security patrols, training the Afghan National Security Forces, intelligence gathering, assisting with the provision of logistics supplies for the battle group, and close combat with the enemy are all examples of tasks undertaken by the Army Reserve soldiers of 6 RIFLES.

Our training activities are very much focused on developing the skills that people will need in Afghanistan, and they are varied, physically and mentally stimulating, well organized and enjoyable! We also participate in adventure training activities, and each year we send a group of Riflemen to the Alps for a truly exhilarating skiing experience.

You can keep in touch with 6 RIFLES by following us on Twitter and Facebook. Follow the right-hand links. Come and visit us, we look forward to seeing you...

Get in touch with your local company

We have four rifle companies and a headquarters company, each comprising approximately 100 soldiers, plus our accomplished, 30-strong Salamanca Band and Bugles who cover our ceremonial engagements. The Battalion is located in the following eight Army Reserve Centres

Find a 6 RIFLES Company google map

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Exeter (Battalion HQ, HQ Company and an Assault Pioneer Platoon(4 pl)

Wyvern Barracks, EX2 6AR, Tel 01392 492420

Title|Exeter (Battalion HQ, HQ Company and an Assault Pioneer Platoon(4 pl);Lat|50.711319;Lng|-3.511358;Url|

Gloucester (A Company)

Eastern Avenue, GL4 3BD Tel 01452 523132

Title|Gloucester (A Company) ;Lat|51.857764;Lng|-2.213563;Url|

Bristol (2 Platoon, A Company)

co-located with HMS Flying Fox, Winterstoke Road, BS3 2NS, Tel 01452 523132

Title|Bristol (2 Platoon, A Company) ;Lat|51.436622;Lng|-2.618136;Url|

Dorchester (C Company)

Poundbury Road, DT1 1TA, Tel 01305 264969

Title|Dorchester (C Company);Lat|50.717761;Lng|-2.4447;Url|

Poole (6 Platoon, C Company)

Wallisdown Road, BH12 5AD, Tel 01305 264969

Title|Poole (6 Platoon, C Company) ;Lat|50.746773;Lng|-1.930171;Url|

Truro (D Company)

Moresk Road, TR1 1DF, Tel 01872 272010

Title|Truro (D Company) ;Lat|50.26942;Lng|-5.052024;Url|

Plymouth (8 Platoon, D Company)

Millbay Park, PL1 3BQ, Tel 01872 272010

Title|Plymouth (8 Platoon, D Company) ;Lat|50.36693;Lng|-4.149292;Url|

Shrewsbury (E Company)

Copthorne Barracks, SY3 8LZ. Tel 01743 262626

Title|Shrewsbury (E Company) ;Lat|52.710819;Lng| -2.771822;Url|

The Salamanca Band and Bugles

Wyvern Barracks. Tel 01392 492458

We meet every Tuesday evening in our Army Reserve Centres for training from 7.30 – 9.30pm, and on one weekend per month out in the field. The weekend training exercises start on Friday evening to Sunday afternoon and take place on military training areas such as Salisbury Plain, Dartmoor and Caerwent (near the Severn Bridge), and we also use a variety of live firing ranges and other facilities. We hold an annual two-week exercise, which includes an overseas training exercise every two years or so, and there are various social events held throughout the year.

Thinking of joining?

Whether you want to join or rejoin as a full-time or part-time infantryman, The Rifles offer a unique range of roles and opportunities to acquire skills unmatched by any other infantry regiment.

Candidates for a Commission should be over seventeen years and nine months, and under twenty nine years of age on the date of entry to Sandhurst. Find out more about a Commission in The Rifles here.