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.
To defeat the enemy through close combat
Mounted and Dismounted Close Combat
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
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:
- Combat Team Medic
- Specialist Weapons Operator
- Assault Pioneer
- Armoured Fighting Vehicle Driver
- Infantry Logistician
- Combat Communications Specialist
- Intelligence Specialist
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.
- Op HERRICK- Afghanistan
- Op TELIC - Iraq
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.
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.
The Infantry is at the heart of the Army and everything else coalesces around it. Gen Sir Nicholas Carter KCB CBE DSO ADC Gen
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.
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.
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.
Under Future Soldier, Armoured Infantry Battalions will become Heavy Mechanised Battalions equipped with the Boxer Armoured Vehicle.
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.
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.
Under Future Soldier, Mechanised Infantry Battalions will become Heavy Mechanised Battalions equipped with the Boxer Armoured Vehicle.
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.
Security Force Assistance Infantry
Future Soldier builds on the Specialised Infantry Group model of regionally focused units with the new Security Force Assistance (SFA) battalions. They will operate with conventional partners in permissive environments.
They will complement the discreet partnering that Army Ranger battalions will deliver in high-risk environments.
The will be part of the 11th Security Force Assistance Brigade (SFAB). The new SFAB will be persistently engaged across the globe. It will commission, design, deliver and assess security force assistance activity to inform regional Defence strategies and it will reduce the likelihood of having to fight wars through its deterrent effect while retaining the ability to set the conditions for the warfighting division to act, if necessary.
Infantry Regiments and Roles
Follow these links to learn about the current roles of our Infantry Regiments specialise in.
- Grenadier Guards (Light Role Infantry)
- Coldstream Guards (Light Role Infantry)
- Scots Guards (Mechanised Infantry Role)
- Irish Guards (Light Role Infantry)
- Welsh Guards (Mechanised Infantry Role)
- The Royal Regiment of Scotland (Light Role Infantry, Mechanised, Ranger Infantry Roles)
- The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment (Armoured, Light Role Infantry)
- The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment (Light Role Infantry, Ranger Infantry Roles)
Infantry Regiments & Roles
- The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers (Armoured Infantry Role)
- The Royal Anglian Regiment (Light Role Infantry)
- The Yorkshire Regiment (Armoured, Mechanised Infantry Roles)
- The Mercian Regiment (Armoured, Light Role Infantry)
- The Royal Welsh (Armoured Infantry Role)
- The Royal Irish Regiment (Light Role Infantry)
- The Parachute Regiment (Air assault Role)
- The Rifles (Light Role Infantry, Armoured, Mechanised, Ranger Infantry Roles)
- The Royal Gurkha Rifles (Light Role Infantry)
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