Who we are

The Infantry

Infantry: At the heart of the action

The Infantry is at the core of the Army’s Ground Close Combat capability and is the bedrock upon which the broader utility for warfighting, stabilisation, capacity building, assurance and national resilience tasks is founded. 

FACTS & FIGURES

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ACTIVE FROM

Early 1600s

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ROLE

To defeat the enemy through close combat

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SPECIALISM

Mounted and Dismounted Close Combat

our skills

The Infantry is designed to out-think, outwit, outmanoeuvre, outfight, and outlast any adversary across a very wide spectrum of human, climatic and geographical environments, amongst diverse populations, and alongside allies. 

  • Light Role Infantry
  • Armoured Infantry
  • Mechanised Infantry
  • Airborne Infantry
  • Specialised Infantry
  • State Ceremonial and Public Duties

Worldwide

The Infantry is currently deployed across the world training, advising and supporting partner forces. This includes:

  • Op SHADER - Iraq
  • Op TORAL - Afghanistan
  • Op CABRIT - Estonia
  • Numerous Training Teams in Africa, the Middle East, and a range of other diverse and interesting places.

Previous deployments:

  • Op HERRICK- Afghanistan
  • Op TELIC - Iraq

Our People

The Infantry is the largest branch of the Army with over 20,000 personnel in 19 Regiments serving across 33 Regular Battalions, 16 Reserve Battalions, four Public Duty Incremental Companies, the School of Infantry, and the wider Army.

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Colonel Commandant of the Infantry: Lt Gen (Retd) A J N Graham CB CBE

Our Location

Warminster

The Infantry is headquartered in Waterloo Lines, Warminster the ancestral home of the Infantry.

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The Infantry

The Infantry

The Infantry is at the heart of the Army and everything else coalesces around it. Gen Sir Nicholas Carter KCB CBE DSO ADC Gen

Our Role

The Infantry is at the heart of the Army and everything else coalesces around it. It is at the core of the Army’s Ground Close Combat capability and is the bedrock upon which the broader utility for warfighting, stabilisation, capacity building, assurance and national resilience tasks is founded. 

Designed to out-think, outwit, outmanoeuvre, outfight, and outlast any adversary, the Infantry is capable of operating across a very wide spectrum of human, climatic and geographical environments, among diverse populations, and alongside allies.

The British Infantry is based on the tried and tested regimental system, which has repeatedly proved successful on operations over the years. A regiment is made up of one or more regular battalions and in most cases includes an associated Reserve battalion.

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Infantry Units and Roles

  • Grenadier Guards (Light Infantry Role)
  • Coldstream Guards (Light Infantry Role)
  • Scots Guards (Mechanised Infantry Role)
  • Irish Guards (Light Infantry Role)
  • Welsh Guards (Mechanised Infantry Role)
  • The Royal Regiment of Scotland (Light Infantry, Mechanised,Specialised Infantry Roles)
  • The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment (Armoured, Light Infantry Roles)
  • The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment (Light Infantry,Specialised Infantry Roles)
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  • The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers (Light Infantry Role)
  • The Royal Anglian Regiment (Light Infantry Role)
  • The Yorkshire Regiment (Armoured, Mechanised Infantry Roles)
  • The Mercian Regiment (Armoured, Light Infantry Roles)
  • The Royal Welsh (Armoured Infantry Role)
  • The Royal Irish Regiment (Light Infantry Role)
  • The Parachute Regiment (Air assault Role)
  • The Rifles (Light Infantry, Armoured, Mechanised, Specialised Infantry Roles)
  • The Royal Gurkha Rifles (Light Infantry Role)

The Infantry

Explore our equipment

Jackal 2

Rapid Jackal 2 is a high mobility weapons platform, with a unique air-bag suspension system allowing rapid movement across varying terrain

Reconnaissance vehicles

Warrior

388 Warrior infantry fighting vehicles currently in active service

Combat vehicles

Foxhound

112 kph Foxhound has a top speed of 112 kph but can still protect against improvised explosive devices thanks to its v-shaped hull.

Protected patrol vehicles

Husky

Support Husky is a protected support vehicle, providing a highly mobile and flexible load carrying vehicle.

Protected patrol vehicles

Wolfhound

TSV This heavy-armoured truck is part of the Tactical Support Vehicles (TSV) group along with the Husky and the Coyote.

Protected patrol vehicles

Ridgeback

2009 Ridgback first deployed on operations in 2009 and provides protected mobility in urban and urban-fringe environments.

Protected patrol vehicles

Mastiff

90 kph Mastiff is a heavily armoured, 6 x six-wheel-drive patrol vehicle with a top speed of 90 kph.

Protected patrol vehicles

Quad Bike

Speed The ATV's alone can reach speeds of up to 75kph

Logistic vehicles

SA80 Individual Weapon

Tests On its introduction, it proved so accurate that the Army marksmanship tests had to be redesigned.

Small arms and support weapons

L129A1 Sharpshooter Rifle

7.62mm The rifle fires a 7.62mm round and has enhanced accuracy of engagement during longer-range firefights.

Small arms and support weapons

L115A3 Long Range 'Sniper' Rifle

600 metres They are designed to achieve a first-round hit at 600 metres and harassing fire out to 1,100 metres.

Small arms and support weapons

Combat Shotgun

12 gauge The Combat Shotgun is a semi-automatic, tubular magazine-fed weapon cambered for the 12 gauge cartridge.

Small arms and support weapons

Light Machine Gun

300 metres It provides the section commander with the capability to impose sustained suppressive fire on to an objective out to 300m.

Small arms and support weapons

General Purpose Machine Gun

GPMG The general purpose machine gun (GPMG) can be used as a light weapon and in a sustained fire role.

Small arms and support weapons

Heavy Machine Gun

12.7mm The powerful L1A1 12.7mm (.50) Heavy Machine Gun (HMG) is an updated version of the Browning M2 Fifty-cal.

Small arms and support weapons

Grenade Machine Gun

Mounted The GMG is usually mounted on WMIK Land Rovers but can also be used from ground-based tripods.

Small arms and support weapons

Personal Clothing

Design The latest camouflage design was developed after extensive laboratory tests and field evaluations.

Personal Equipment

COMBAT BODY ARMOUR

Armour Osprey assault body armour and Virtus body armour system.

Personal Equipment

Personal Role Radio

Infantry PRR is issued to every member of an eight-strong infantry section.

Personal Equipment

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All British Armed Forces roles now open to women

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has today announced that all roles in the military are now open to women.

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New physical fitness standards for combat roles

The Army has been demonstrating its new In-Service Physical Employment Standards for all ground close combat roles which will come into effect from 2019.