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8 RIFLES

8th Battalion The Rifles (8 RIFLES)

8 RIFLES is The Rifles' Reserve Infantry Battalion of the North East, Yorkshire and West Midlands and is paired with 2 RIFLES. It will form in 2017, comprising of 500 part-time soldiers from a wide variety of backgrounds and has bases in North East, South and West Yorkshire, Birmingham and Shropshire. The Battalion will have three rifle companies and a headquarters company, each comprising approximately 100 soldiers, building upon existing RIFLES Reserve elements that already exist. The Battalion's principle mission is to train and prepare Reserve Riflemen for front line operations, where they serve alongside and integrated within Regular RIFLES units.

Reserve service in 8 RIFLES allows individuals to work outside the Army and yet commit to being a Rifleman part time. Training takes place over periodic weekends throughout the year, training nights during the week and for a consolidated 2-week period each year. Attendance at any specific training event is voluntary to take account of an individual's civilian commitments. Reserve Riflemen are paid for the training they undertake and can earn a financial bonus at the end of each year. The Training is very varied, based upon the sort of skills all people need and includes military training, adventurous training, fitness training and sport, together with overseas travel.

Reserve Riflemen wishing to commit to further training or an operational tour alongside a Regular unit have the opportunity to do so. Ex Regular Army officers and soldiers are very welcome and joining the Reserve may attract a financial bonus.

Job Roles

Looking to join the Reserves

The Roles available within 8 RIFLES are not restricted to Infantry, allowing a wider choice of part time jobs to be available:

  • Combat Infantryman 
  • Military chefs
  • Combat medics
  • Human resource specialists
  • Musicians

At present woman may join 8 RIFLES in any of the above list non-Infantry roles, with woman being able to join Infantry roles from 2018.


Please take a look at our Join Us page for more information on Joining the Reserves as well as details on locations and timings for their weekly training evening.

8 RIFLES Reserve Company locations

8 RIFLES Bishop Auckland (Battalion Headquarters and HQ Company)

St Andrews Road, Bishop Auckland, DL14 6RX, Tel 0191 375 5199, Training evening Tuesday between 7:30 and 9:30 PM. Email: 8RIFLES-DCOY-RSUSO@mod.uk

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8 RIFLES Durham (D Company)

Gilesgate Armoury, DH1 1JR, Tel 0191 375 5199, Training evening Tuesday between 7:30 and 9:30 PM. Email: 8RIFLES-DCOY-RSUSO@mod.uk

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8 RIFLES Sunderland (2 Platoon, D Company and Assault Pioneer Pl, HQ Company)

ARC Dykelands Rd, Seaburn, Sunderland, SR6 8DP, Tel 0191 375 5199, Training evening Tuesday between 7:30 and 9:30 PM. Email: 8RIFLES-DCOY-RSUSO@mod.uk

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8 RIFLES Shrewsbury (E Company)

Bligny House, Copthorne Road, Shrewsbury, SY3 8LZ Tel: 01743 842034 or 01743 842026, Training evening Tuesday between 7:30 and 9:30 PM. Email: 8RIFLES-ECOY-RSUSO@mod.uk

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8 RIFLES Sparkbrook (5 Platoon, E Company)

Golden Hillock Road, Sparkbrook, Birmingham, B11 2QG Tel: 01743 842034 or 01743 842026, Training evening Tuesday between 7:30 and 9:30 PM. Email: 8RIFLES-ECOY-RSUSO@mod.uk

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8 RIFLES Pontefract (Y Company)

Minden Barracks, DL14 6RX, Tel 01302 322776, Training evening Tuesday between 7:30 and 9:30 PM. Email: 8RIFLES-YCOY-HQ-PSI@mod.uk

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8 RIFLES Doncaster (8 Platoon, Y Company)

Danum Road, DN4 5HD, Tel 01302 322776, Training evening Tuesday between 7:30 and 9:30 PM. Email: 8RIFLES-YCOY-HQ-PSI@mod.uk

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