5th Battalion The Rifles
As an armoured infantry regiment 5 RIFLES, based in Paderborn, Germany, provide the Regiment with the most potent weapon in the Infantry's armoury; the Warrior Armoured Fighting Vehicle.
Armoured Infantry Battalion - Warrior Armoured Fighting Vehicle
5th Battalion The Rifles (5 RIFLES) is currently the only Rifles Battalion that uses the Warrior Armoured Fighting Vehicle. With its awesome firepower, protection and speed it means it is always up at the front of the battle. It has proved itself on numerous operations including Iraq, Afghanistan and The Balkans. Being in an armoured infantry battalion is interesting, exciting and rewarding.
Warrior has proven itself in recent conflicts and riflemen based in Paderborn will remain experts in armoured tactics working closely with tanks in an Armoured Battle Group.
What is life like in Germany?
5 RIFLES are currently based in a town called Paderborn in Germany. Paderborn is a city about the size of Durham or Exeter and provides all of the amenities that you would expect from any city in the UK. The city centre is a 10 minute walk from the camp, or a cheap taxi fare.
There are the obvious financial benefits of being based in Germany, all soldiers within Germany are paid Local Overseas Allowance, and have access to a number of Tax Free goods, including cars and motorcycles. Troops based in Germany also have a trip home paid for each year.
As well as the money that you can save you have Germany and Europe at your door. There are large cities like Hamburg and Berlin a train journey away. The cost of travelling to these places is cheaper than in the UK and the public transport system is fast and efficient.
There are excellent recreation facilities around Germany such as skiing in Winterburgh (45 minutes away), sailing (at the free-to-use British Forces sailing centre), ice skating, paragliding, climbing, go-karting and many more activities to enjoy all year round including access to the British Army Golf Club and Parachuting centre in Sennelager. If that's not enough there are excellent restaurants, bars and clubs in the local area of Paderborn and the rest of Germany, many with longer opening hours than in the UK.
For those with families, the German medical care provides excellent treatment. Families with children are also entitled to UK family tax credits plus the German equivalent called 'kindergelt'. In short, you can end up with a few hundred pounds more per month than you would have earned previously.
For the serving members there are the benefits of being part of an armoured battalion, with armour you have the opportunity to learn how to drive an armoured vehicle and gain a Cat H licence. Some may choose to become gunners and learn how to use the 30mm RARDEN cannon and the 7.62mm chain gun. Commanders will learn to command and fight from an armoured vehicle on a fast paced and larger battlefield, integrating with tanks and all support elements on Battlegroup exercises and operations.
To top the lot you get your very own armoured taxi (Warrior) to get you around and drop you off on the Battlefield, it's a lot easier then walking everywhere! On operations there really is no substitute for the fearsome Warrior.