Welcome to the 6th Battalion The Rifles (6 RIFLES), one of the Regiment's two Army Reserve battalions. Comprising of 520 part-time soldiers, we come from a wide variety of backgrounds throughout the Southwest and Midlands; if you live in Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Bristol, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire or Shropshire we are your local county regiment.
Light Roled Infantry Army Reserve Battalion
Our principal mission is to train and prepare our soldiers for front line operations, most recently in southern Afghanistan; we had people deployed in Helmand since our formation in 2007. We would work in any of the main operating bases, and get involved in exactly the same demanding roles as our full time counter-parts such as 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. These are all examples of tasks undertaken by the Reservist soldiers of 6 RIFLES.
With the completion of the combat mission in Afghanistan we are now looking at our various individual and team skills to be able to support and work alongside the Regular Army in whatever the next challenge is.
Our training activities are very much focused on developing the skills that people will need, and they are varied, physically and mentally stimulating, well organized and enjoyable! We regularly train overseas, and also participate in adventure training activities, each year we send a group of Riflemen to the Alps for a truly exhilarating skiing experience. In June 2013 we sent our Football team for two weeks to the USA to play various teams and ran a sailing expedition to the Caribbean.
6 RIFLES have a Facebook account.
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 Reservist Centre’s. Our normal Training Evening during the week is from 7.30pm – 9.30pm on a Tuesday night apart from our 10 Platoon location in Hereford which is on a Wednesday. Anyone may come along for a visit to any of our locations with no appointment necessary but it is always best to phone first to confirm details with the unit.
Find a 6 RIFLES Company google map
Exeter (Battalion HQ, HQ Company and an Assault Pioneer/4 Platoon
Wyvern Barracks, EX2 6AR, Tel 01392 492510
Title|Exeter (Battalion HQ, HQ Company and an Assault Pioneer/4 Platoon;Lat|50.711319;Lng|-3.511358;Url|
Barnstaple (HQ Company detachment)
Oakleigh Road, Barnstaple EX32 8JT Tel: 01392 492510
Title|Barnstaple (HQ Company detachment);Lat|51.077685;Lng|-4.052761;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|
Paignton (D Company detachment)
York Road, Paignton TQ4 5NJ Tel: 01872 272010
Title|Paignton (D Company detachment);Lat|50.428657;Lng|-3.570345;Url|
Hereford (10 Platoon, E Company)
Suvla Barracks, HR1 2QX. Tel: 01432 360752
Title|Hereford (10 Platoon, E Company);Lat|52.051100;Lng| -2.705102;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 492458The 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.