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The Scottish and North Irish Yeomanry

The Royal Mercian and Lancastrian Yeomanry in a RWMIK.

The Scottish and North Irish Yeomanry (SNIY) is the Army’s newest combat regiment, entering the Army’s Order of Battle on 31 October 2014. We have a footprint stretching across Scotland and over the Irish Sea, with locations in Ayrshire, North Fife, Edinburgh & Scotland’s central belt and Belfast & County Londonderry.

The light cavalry soldier needs to be fit, adaptable and self-reliant, ready to work in small teams to get the job done. Often well in front of other friendly forces gathering intelligence on the enemy and environment, he is master of his equipment, mounted in light armoured vehicles (R-WMIKs). These are armed with the General Purpose Machine Gun, the Browning .50 Heavy Machine Gun, and carry the latest digital battlefield communications systems and surveillance optics, including thermal imaging, to see at night.

Our reserve soldiers need to be as confident sending a vital radio message while driving cross-country as they are carrying out a covert night patrol or manning an Observation Post, or dismounting and fighting as infantry at close quarters; a mix of activities few other units can match. We also have positions in a full range of supporting roles, from medics, chefs and clerks to HGV drivers.

In recent years, SNIY soldiers have travelled as far afield as Germany and USA on training as well as on operations in Afghanistan, Iraq and Cyprus.

SNIY skydive


As with all Army Reserve units, training takes place on evenings and at weekends allowing you to fit an army career alongside your civilian job and you will be paid for the time that you attend. Alongside our military training SNIY soldiers have a highly active social and sporting life.

Whether you want to cycle, ski, sail, or take part in any other sport there are opportunities within the regiment. For most of these you will be paid for attending and many activities are subsidised. Camaraderie with the regiment is second to none with many social events taking place throughout the year.

Join the Team

As well as being at the forefront of the action, we pride ourselves on forming long-lasting friendships, having fun and playing hard; taking part in many sports and outdoor adventurous activities. If you are looking for a serious challenge, with cutting edge equipment and working with other motivated individuals then email us now at SNIY-CombatRecce@mod.uk to find out how you can become a member of our team.

More information can be found about each of our Squadrons in Ayr, Belfast, Cupar and Edinburgh by exploring the tabs on the left.

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