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Headquarters Force Troops Command

Force Troops Command (FTC) is the largest 2* Command in the British Army. All the Army’s units providing Combat Support, Command Support, certain Combat Service Support and specialist support to the Reaction and Adaptable Forces are commanded by FTC.

From its Headquarters in Upavon, Wiltshire, the Command force generates and prepares scalable, integrated Regular and Reserve capabilities to support training and operations, in line with Defence’s operational requirements.

HQ FTC has a composition of nine ‘functional’ brigades and the Engineering and Logistic Staff Corps. A new Intelligence and Surveillance Brigade delivers integrated intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities, drawing specifically on lessons from Afghanistan.

The artillery brigade delivers both close support artillery and precision fires, as well as leading Air-Land Integration. 8 Engineer Brigade commands the close support engineer units, as well as Explosive Ordnance Disposal and Search, Force Support and Infrastructure Groups.

Information and Communication Services (ICS) for the Joint Rapid Reaction Force (JRRF) and NATO’s Allied Rapid Reaction Corps (ARRC) is provided by 1st Signal Brigade, while 11th Signal Brigade commands all ICS support to Divisional and Brigade Headquarters, as well as UK resilience operations.

104 Logistic Support Brigade provides Theatre Entry Combat Service Support, with hospital care provided by 2nd Medical Brigade. FTC also provides support to a newly created Military Police Brigade; it has no oversight of investigative activity, thereby ensuring that the Brigade remains independent of the Chain of Command for the purpose of investigations.

Building on the recent cross-Whitehall International Defence Engagement and Building Stability Overseas Strategies, 77 Brigade will have close links with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Department for International Development and the Stabilisation Unit.

Collectively, Force Troops Command provides a potent mix of specialist, cutting-edge enabling capabilities. It builds on our recent operational experience and maximises efficiency and output for contingent operations.

The Crest

The Force Troops Command crest incorporates two main features. The winged heraldic Lion is based on the badge of General Headquarters Home Forces during the Second World War. The original design showed the Lion on a background of a dark blue cross on a dark red field.

This had been part of the 21st Army Group, and subsequently British Army of the Rhine, badge. The College of Arms amended the proposal to a Quartered background, although the colours were retained.

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