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2nd Battalion The Mercian Regiment

Location: Dale Barracks, Chester, UK

Role: Light-Role Infantry

Who we are: 2 MERCIAN is at the Heart of England’s Infantry, recruiting from the five counties which formed the ancient Kingdom of Mercia: Cheshire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Staffordshire and Worcestershire. We also cover the Black Country and the Wirral.

2 MERCIAN was formed on 1st September 2007 through the amalgamation of three existing Regiments. The Regiment has deployed on eight operational deployments since its formation, making us one of the most operationally experienced Regiments in the British Army.

The Battalion consists of five companies. Three rifle companies, excelling in close combat skills with each over 100 men strong. These rifle companies are supported by a Support Company and a Headquarter Company.

Where we are: The Battalion is based at Dale Barracks in Chester. The city offers a vibrant nightlife, shopping centres and unspoilt countryside on the outskirts. Since its formation in 2007 the Battalion has deployed on three operational tours to Afghanistan and a UN peacekeeping mission to Cyprus.

What we do: The Battalion provides a light-role capability to 42 Infantry Brigade which means a lot of the time spent on operations is done on foot with the ability to operate using helicopters and an array of armoured mobility vehicles. We also have to be able to deploy with and carry all the kit and equipment we are going to need and the Battalion’s soldiers are among the fittest in the Army.

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