2 RIFLES is a Regular Infantry Battalion based in Thiepval Barracks, Lisburn on the outskirts of Belfast in Northern Ireland. The Battalion consists of around 550 Riflemen who deploy from their base location on training and operations worldwide. No longer routinely committed to security operations in Northern Ireland, the Battalion forms a part of 38 (Irish) Brigade, with the Brigade’s Headquarters also located in Lisburn. 38 (Irish) Brigade is part of the British Army’s Adaptive Force, optimised for challenges of today, both within the UK and abroad.
2 RIFLES is a Light Infantry Roled Battalion and is paired with 8th Battalion The Rifles from the Reserve Force. Light Infantry Roled Battalions are trained to deploy worldwide at short notice with light scales of equipment, into terrain ranging from mountains to jungle, demanding fit and agile Riflemen. Since The Rifles formed in 2007, 2 RIFLES has deployed on 4 tours to Iraq and Afghanistan, together with numerous other operations and training missions worldwide.
Every Rifleman serving with 2 RIFLES in Northern Ireland receives additional allowances, including higher pay and 12 free warrants to fly home to mainland UK each year. This package makes 2 RIFLES a popular battalion for many soldiers.