Who We Are

We inspire ordinary people to exceptional achievements

WE ARE FORWARD-LOOKING AND READY FOR THE CHALLENGES OF THE FUTURE, BOTH AT HOME AND OVERSEAS.

 

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OUR PEOPLE - OUR GREATEST ASSET

The Army is distinct from the RAF and Royal Navy in that our tasks are always delivered directly by soldiers through human interaction. They are our greatest asset. We are an inspirational employer who embraces diversity, inclusivity and contributes to society in everything we do. We are leaders in leadership with skills for life and the opportunity for all.

We have to make life-critical decisions and take purposeful action in sometimes hostile, confusing and unclear situations that occasionally test us to the limit of human endurance. Our training, development and preparation is personally rewarding but also ensures we are united by common values and strong bonds and will do the right thing, even under the most difficult circumstances.

Our People

Our Command Structure

The Army is distinct from the RAF and Royal Navy in that our tasks are always delivered directly by soldiers through human interaction. They are our greatest asset.

How the Army is structured

Command Structure
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Chief of the General Staff

The Chief of the General Staff is the head of the British Army. The post is immediately subordinate to The Chief of Defence Staff, the head of the British Armed Services.

Deputy Chief of the General Staff, Maj Gen CL Tickell

Deputy Chief of the General Staff

Responsible for representing the Army Top Level Budget (TLB) within Head Office and outwards to relevant TLBs and dependencies, provides oversight of the Army Operating Model and provides overall personnel policy direction as the Principal Personnel Officer.

Levels of Command

Within the British Army we have different levels of command made up of varying units.

Fire Team

Three Private soldiers, commanded by a Lance Corporal, form a Fire Team.

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Contains

4 individuals

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Personnel

4

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Commanded by

Lance Corporal

Section

Two Fire Teams form a Section which is commanded by a Corporal.

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Contains

2 Fire Teams

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Personnel

8-10

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Commanded by

Corporal

Platoon/Troop

Three Sections are grouped into a Platoon. They are commanded by a Lieutenant and administered by a Sergeant.

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Contains

3 Sections

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Personnel

30

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Commanded by

Lieutenant or Second Lieutenant

Company/Squadron

A Company consists on three platoons and a headquarters. It is commanded by a Major, assisted by the Company Sergeant Major.

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Contains

3 Platoons

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Personnel

120

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Commanded by

Major

Battalion/Regiment

Commanded by a Lieutenant Colonel, supported by the Regimental Sergeant Major, a Battalion consists of five companies.

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Contains

4-6 Companies

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Personnel

720

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Commanded by

Lieutenant Colonel

Battlegroup

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Contains

Combined arms unit

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Personnel

700-1000

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Commanded by

Lieutenant Colonel

Brigade

A Brig commands five battalions and supporting elements, grouped together in a Brigade of over 2,500 troops.

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Contains

3-5 Battalions

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Personnel

5,000

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Commanded by

Brigadier

Division

The largest formation the British Army can field is a Division which consists of two or more Brigades of 40,000 troops and is commanded by a Major-General.

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Contains

3 Brigades

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Personnel

10,000

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Commanded by

Major-General

Ranks

The rank system forms the backbone of the Army's structure and it defines a soldier or officer's role and degree of responsibility.

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Ranks

The rank system forms the backbone of the Army's structure and it defines a soldier's or officer's role and degree of responsibility. The chief of the General Staff (CGS) is the head of the British Army. CGS commands an Army Staff which works out of the Army Headquarters in Andover and exercises command of the Army through two subordinate commands: The Field Army and Home Command.

Ranks

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