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The Royal Anglian Regiment

The Royal Anglian Regiment was formed in 1964 as one of the new large infantry regiments, through the amalgamation of the regiments of the East Anglia Brigade.

The Royal Anglian Regiment is a line infantry regiment. The 1st Battalion is light role and the 2nd Battalion is light mechanised; the 3rd Battalion is an Army Reserve Infantry Battalion, also in the light role. The 1st Battalion recruits its soldiers from Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire; with the 2nd Battalion recruiting from Lincolnshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Rutland, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire. The 3rd Battalion recruits from across the full Regimental footprint.

Recent history

In recent years The Regiment has conducted operations in Northern Ireland, Kuwait, Iraq, Sierra Leone, Bosnia, Cyprus and Afghanistan. The 2nd Battalion deployed to Afghanistan in 2013/14, while the 1st Battalion have just returned from 6 months in Afghanistan this year. As ever, the 3rd Battalion is providing support to operations, whilst also preparing itself to enter the new readiness cycle too.

Regimental ethos

We are a county-based Regiment, bound together by a close-knit family spirit. Our approach is classless, based on mutual respect and trust, where developing and believing in our soldiers is paramount. We are a forward looking, self starting and welcoming team for whom the Mission remains key. By living this Ethos, we The Royal Anglian Regiment aspire to constantly deliver excellence. We make it happen.

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