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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 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. 

 

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.

Explore our equipment

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

Warrior

388 Warrior infantry fighting vehicles currently in active service

Combat 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

81mm Mortar

5650 metres High explosive, smoke and illuminating rounds to a maximum range of 5650m.

Small arms and support weapons

Guided Weapons

Anti-tank weapons The Javelin anti-tank weapon and the Next-generation light anti-tank weapon.

Small arms and support weapons