B Company is a dismounted rifle company. Its main role is to provide officers and soldiers that are trained and experienced in dismounted close combat to support regular units on operations. B Company is formed of three platoons, two are infantry rifle platoons based in Ayr and one specialist mortar platoon based in Dumfries. To find out more about the TA in general or to look at other units in the area visit the Territorial Army section of the army website.
Rifle platoons are the main fighting force of the army. They contain approximately 30 soldiers, all of which are trained as Combat Infantrymen. It is one of the most varied jobs in the army and our Infantrymen are trained to deploy on foot patrols in some of the most challenging environments in the world. The job is both physically and mentally demanding and the training is designed to be progressive and build you up to that standard. Once qualified in this role, you can progress on and become one of the fitness instructors that train others to the same high standard.
The Mortars Platoon is responsible for providing the Battalion with indirect fire support with its 81mm Mortars.
As a private soldier, your responsibilities would be managing communications equipment and helping to provide a robust communication system for use by up to 500 personnel. As you advance through the ranks you will also gain skills in leadership and management in addition to your specialist training. There is also the opportunity to obtain some very good civilian qualifications in IT and Digital Communications along the way.
The Mortars Platoon is based in Dumfries and commanded by a Captain, who takes overall responsibility for everything that the platoon is tasked to do.
We also rely on support specialists to ensure that our soldiers and equipment remain at the highest standards at all times. See the links below to find out more about joining in one of these roles:
Combat Medical Technician
Weapon System Engineer
All of these soldiers need commanders, and in charge of each of the platoons is an Infantry Platoon Officer. His job is to lead and manage all of the soldiers within his platoon and ensure that they remain trained, motivated and fit to do their jobs. For this he receives additional training and pay.
All locations meet and train on a Tuesday evening between 7.30pm and 9.30pm. In addition we train on one or two weekends each month. Every drill night you train, you are paid a quarter days pay, and you will receive 2.5 days pay for every weekend. In addition, if you meet the required standards, and attend more than 27 days per year (including a 15 day residential camp) then you will receive a tax-free lump sum training bounty. For more information on pay, download the document on the right hand side.
If you are interested in joining as either a soldier or an officer, or just want to know more about us, contact us during the day on:
Ayr - 01292 264 611
Dumfries - 01387 253589
Battalion recruiting mobile number 24/7 - 07795 060737
Fusilier House, Seaforth Road, Ayr KA8 9HZ
Nunfield House, 65 Edinburgh Road, Dumfries DG1 1JX