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A (Ayrshire (EOCO) Yeomanry) Sqn


A Squadron RoleA (Ayrshire (Earl of Carrick's Own) Yeomanry) Squadron provides a Light Cavalry capability which is employable across a wide range of operations, from Peace Support Operations through to major Combat Operations. Its aim is to get out among local populations to FIND the enemy and key local personalities, understand the local cultures and sensitivities and influence as required. The Squadron is formally paired with a regular Light Cavalry Squadron from the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards based in Leuchars (Scotland). Over the past 12 months, our soldiers and officers have been involved in a variety of overseas operations and exercises, including Afghanistan, Cyprus, Germany and the USA.


A Squadron is equipped with Weapons Mounted Installation Kit (WMIK) Land Rovers, which are highly mobile weapons platforms carrying Heavy and General Purpose Machine Guns. Our soldiers train to crew and fight from these vehicles - each RWIMK requires a driver, gunner and commander. Some of the training is relevant to civilian work, for example, all RWMIK drivers can get their civilian drivers licence (if required) and Category C driving licence free through the Army and get paid for this training.

The Squadron employs Chefs, Medics, Storemen and Clerks in support of the combat troops. Training in all these supporting trades is provided and in most case has comparable civilian qualifications including City & Guilds.


A Squadron History

The Earl of Carrick’s Own Yeomanry started out in 1798 to counter the threat of invasion by France in the late 18th Century. In the 1900s it saw service in the Second Boer War in South Africa. The Regiment saw heavy fighting in both World Wars, suffering heavy casualties and winning a Victoria Cross in the World War I before working as part of The Royal Artillery in World War II.

In 1961 the units role was changed again to an armoured reconnaissance role and at this time they were presented with a Guidon - the Cavalry equivalent of Infantry ‘Colours’, to act as a guide and rallying point for troops in battle. The presentation was made at a Parade held at Culzean Castle on the morning of Saturday, 24th June 1961, by the General Officer Commanding in Chief, Allied Forces Northern Europe. In the following years the Squadron went through periods of dormancy as part of the the Queens Own Yeomanry before being adopted into the Scottish and North Irish Yeomanry orbat as a Light Cavalry Squadron.

Sports and Social

A Squadron sports

Our soldiers take part in adventurous training and other social activities at every opportunity. This can include:

  • Overseas tours
  • Battlefield tours
  • Skiing
  • Sailing

Opportunities to attain formal sporting and adventurous training qualifications through the Army are abundant. 

There is a strong social side to the Squadron as well, with various events throughout the year.

Visit us to find out more. We are based in the Army Reserve Centre, 46 Chalmers Road, Ayr KA7 2JQ. We train every Wednesday night, 7:30pm – 9:30pm, and on average one weekend a month.


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If you are interested and want to find out more then come and see us on a Wednesday night between 7.30-9.30pm. Alternatively email SNIY-A-AO@mod.uk or telephone 0141 2245860.

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