Who we are

The Infantry

Infantry: At the heart of the action

The role of the Infantry is at the core of the Army; from peacekeeping to combat operations, anywhere in the world - our Infanteers lead the way.
Infantry soldiers are trained to be ready for any challenge.
Ready to operate alongside allies in adverse climates, from desert to jungle.
Ready to protect the nation, prevent conflict, fight the nation's enemies and deal with disaster at home or overseas.

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 Roles

With common core skills and capabilities across the Infantry, each battalion specialises in one of these roles:

  • Light Role Infantry
  • Armoured Infantry
  • Light Mechanised Infantry
  • Mechanised Infantry
  • Airborne Infantry
  • Specialised Infantry

Our skills

As close combat specialists, all our Infanteers are highly skilled on a range of weapon systems that enable targets to be engaged day or night.
Working as part of a close-knit team, they are able to operate over all kinds of terrain in all weathers.
There are further opportunities to train as a specialist, such as:

  • Sniper
  • Combat Team Medic
  • Specialist Weapons Operator
  • Assault Pioneer
  • Armoured Fighting Vehicle Driver
  • Infantry Logistician
  • Combat Communications Specialist
  • Intelligence Specialist

Worldwide

The Infantry is persistently 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 - around a quarter of its strength.

Our men and women serve in one of 18 Regiments, which together have 33 Regular Battalions and 16 Reserve Battalions. Many Infanteers will also spend time serving away from Regimental Duty, including as instructors at the School of Infantry and in the wider Army.

Our Location

Warminster

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

Infantry battalions are based in over 30 locations around the UK and Cyprus.

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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. It is at the core of the Army’s Ground Close Combat capability.
Our Infanteers are trained to out-think, outwit, outmanoeuvre, outfight, and outlast any adversary, anywhere.
They are ready to operate across a very range of challenging climatic and geographical environments, amongst diverse populations, and alongside allies.

The Infantry of the British Army is based on the tried and tested regimental system. Built on hundreds of years of history from their antecedents, our regiments embody the esprit de corps that has sustained their success on operations all over the World. 

A regiment is made up of one or more regular battalions and in most cases includes an associated Army Reserve battalion.

Our Infanteers are the Army’s close combat warriors, trained to be ready for anything, anytime, anywhere.

Here’s what each battalion specialises in.

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Light Role Infantry

Light Role Infanteers are trained to fight on foot, but their flexibility means they can deploy by land, air or sea.

Equipped with the full range of Infantry weapons, communications and surveillance equipment these are some of the Army’s most adaptable soldiers, ready to deploy anywhere in the World at a moment’s notice.

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Armoured Infantry

Armoured Infantry Battalions are equipped with the Warrior Infantry Fighting Vehicle.

Specialist in armoured warfare within our armoured brigades they are able deliver highly manoeuvrable, fast moving firepower to protect the UK.

With this protected fighting vehicle, our Infanteers are delivered very close to their objective before dismounting and capturing the position whilst still supported by the considerable firepower of the Warrior's weapon systems.

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Light Mechanised Infantry

The Foxhound one of the light but well armoured vehicles that Light Mechanised Infantry battalions are equipped with.

In environments requiring flexible, protected mobility, Light Mechanised Infantry use their vehicle to get to the action quickly and then operate on foot in close combat.

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Mechanised Infantry

Mechanised Infantry battalions use the Mastiff protected patrol vehicle to cover large distances quickly.

This heavily armoured, 6 x six-wheel-drive vehicle carries eight troops, plus two crew, and is the newest in a range of protected patrol vehicles being used for operations.

Similar to the Light Mechanised role, Infanteers are ready to dismount and operate on foot to patrol and engage in close combat.

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Airborne Infantry

Airborne Infantry provide the British Army with a a hard-hitting and quickly deployed force.

Trained and equipped to deploy at the start of any action, often ahead of the main force, Airborne Infanteers are ready to use their speed to surprise an adversary and gain an early advantage.

They specialise in rapid deployment either by parachute or helicopter.

Specialised Infantry

Specialised Infantry Group

Specialised Infantry

Operating in small teams all over the world, soldiers in Specialised Infantry battalions train, assist and advise allied militaries to help prevent conflict.

Follow the Specialised Infantry Group link to find out more.

The Infantry

Explore our equipment

Warrior

388 Warrior infantry fighting vehicles currently in active service

Combat vehicles

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

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 chambered 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.

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