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1st Battalion The Rifles

1 RIFLES are a Light Roled Infantry Battalion, a unique role within the infantry. They are currently part of 160 (Wales) Brigade having previously been an element of 3 Commando Brigade.

Light Roled Infantry Battalion

1 RIFLES is the only Regular Army Unit within 160 (Wales) Brigade. Until recently a part of 3 Commando Brigade for 5½ years, the Battalion has worked extensively with the Royal Marines on operations in Afghanistan. Several Riflemen capitalised on other opportunities during the Battalion’s time with the Commandos to complete amphibious training at Company level, mountain and arctic warfare training and the All Arms Commando Course (with 3 Riflemen winning Commando Medals, awarded for the student on each Commando Course whose performance and attitude best embodies the Commando ethos).

The Battalion also competed in the Royal Marines’ rugby tournament 3 times (winning twice and drawing once from 3 attempts) and shooting competition (only once, winning it). The battalion has a proud record in Army Cup rugby, and has enviable results from recent Army shooting competitions; not least gaining 7 out of 8 competitors’ entry into the Army Top 100 (2013). This was surpassed by the Sniper Platoon who came first and second in the Tri-Service Sniper Competition 2013.

Adventurous training has been heavily invested this year, with a recent expedition trekking 180 km through Corsica in 9 days and future expeditions set for trek in South Africa, caving in France and an ascent of North America’s highest peak, Mount McKinlay in Alaska.


The battalion's home location in Gloucestershire (near Chepstow) is in the heart of The Rifles’ recruiting territory in the South West and offers easy access to the wide range of leisure and adventurous activities available in the Wye Valley and Wales. 1 RIFLES last returned from operations in Afghanistan in 2011, and deployed an Infantry Training Team to Mali for 6 months in Sept 13, as part of an EU Training Team to train the Malian Armed Forces.

Thinking of joining?

Whether you want to join or rejoin as a full-time or part-time infantryman, The Rifles offer a unique range of roles and opportunities to acquire skills unmatched by any other infantry regiment.

Candidates for a Commission should be over seventeen years and nine months, and under twenty nine years of age on the date of entry to Sandhurst. Find out more about a Commission in The Rifles here.

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