6 Battalion The Rifles (6 RIFLES)

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6 RIFLES is The Rifles' Reserve Infantry Battalion of the South West and West.  The battalion has around 500 part-time soldiers from a wide variety of backgrounds, and bases in Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Bristol, Gloucestershire and Herefordshire. The Battalion has three rifle companies and a headquarters company, each comprising approximately 100 soldiers, plus its accomplished, 30 strong Salamanca Band and Bugles that covers ceremonial engagements.


The Battalion is paired with 1 RIFLES and its principal mission is to train and prepare Reserve Riflemen for front line Light Infantry operations, where they serve alongside and integrated within Regular RIFLES units.

Reserve service in 6 RIFLES allows individuals to work outside the Army and yet commit to being a Rifleman part time. Training takes place over periodic weekends throughout the year, training nights during the week and for a consolidated 2-week period each year. Attendance at any specific training event is voluntary to take account of an individual's civilian commitments. Reserve Riflemen are paid for the training they undertake and can earn a financial bonus at the end of each year. The Training is varied, based upon the sort of skills all people need and includes: military training, adventurous training, fitness training and sport, together with overseas travel.

Reserve Riflemen wishing to commit to further training or an operational tour alongside a Regular unit have the opportunity to do so. Ex Regular Army officers and soldiers are very welcome and joining the Reserve may attract a financial bonus.

Looking to join the Reserves

The Roles available within 6 RIFLES are not restricted to Infantry, allowing a wider choice of part time jobs to be available:

  • Combat Infantryman
  • Military chefs
  • Combat medics
  • Human resources specialist
  • Musicians

At present woman may join 6 RIFLES in any of the above list non-Infantry roles, with woman being able to join Infantry roles from 2018.

Please take a look at our Join Us page for more information on Joining the Reserves as well as details on locations and timings for their weekly training evening.

Facts & Figures

  • 6 RIFLES is based across the entire Southwest of England, from Cornwall to Herefordshire.


  • The battalion is partnered with the 1 RIFLES, and has deployed over 700 hundred Riflemen on operations to date.


  • 6 RIFLES has its own 30 strong marching band; the Salamanca Band and Bugles who perform ceremonial duties.


6 RIFLES are our reserve Battalion covering the whole of the South West of England. 

South West England is a beautiful coastal region that has some unique attractions, stunning places to visit and family days out. Immerse yourself in the mystery of Stonehenge, explore two National Parks and have a culinary experience with exceptional seafood, cream teas and ciders. The attraction of South West England for many is the beaches of Cornwall, Dorset and Devon. With so many events happening all year round, suitable for everyone in the family, the South West has more to offer than just coastline.

6 RIFLES Battalion Headquarters

Our People

Lance Corporal Wayne Croucher

"After leaving the Regular Army in 2008 following 6 years’ service, I started to miss the Army lifestyle. So in 2013 I decided to join 6 RIFLES in Bristol. Since joining I honestly can say it’s been brilliant. It’s no different to being in the Regulars; the advantage is that you get the best of both worlds.  As well as doing your 'day job' in civvie street you still get to go on adventurous training abroad and train alongside the Regulars. There is a misconception that Regulars don’t rate the Army Reserves, but attitudes have changed within the Army since 2008.  The Reserves have a major part to play alongside the Regulars and we work seamlessly with our partnered Battalion - 1 RIFLES."


Lieutenant Matt Hancock

"6 RIFLES gave me an extremely warm welcome, visiting me during my training at Sandhurst and attending my pass out. The Battalion has always been really supportive of me. While at 6 RIFLES I have completed my Chartered Management Institute Accreditation, deployed on several exercises and even been to Belgium for a battlefield study. I was asked to take the 1 RIFLES Ski Team to the French Alps, so I had an awesome month getting paid to ski alongside Regular Riflemen. If I had one piece of advice for a Potential Officer it would be to make sure that you turn up with a good level of basic fitness. When you start training, you can’t control what is thrown at you or how much sleep you’ll get, but you can always make it slightly easier by putting in the work before you join."


At Work

Since 2007 6 RIFLES has deployed on multiple operations and exercises in support of their Regular counterparts. With detachments based across the entire Southwest, 6 RIFLES is an active and particularly well manned Reserve battalion. 


At Play

6 RIFLES offers a variety of adventurous training for its Riflemen to enjoy. Each year the Battalion sends teams to events that range from skiing competitions, to sailing regattas. 

6 RIFLES Timeline

6 RIFLES offers a variety of adventurous training for its Riflemen to enjoy. Each year the Battalion sends teams to events that range from skiing competitions, to sailing regattas. 

  1. 1st Feb 2007


  2. Iraq 2007 -

    Deployed 100+ Riflemen in support of their regular counterparts

  3. Afghanistan 2007 -

    Deployed 500+ Riflemen in support of their regular counterparts

  4. Worldwide Operations

    Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan. 

  5. Overseas Training

    Austria, USA, Cyprus, Belize and Kenya.

  6. Future

    Will continue to support their paired Battalion (1 RIFLES) on Operations worldwide.

Our Locations

  • 6 RIFLES

    Battalion Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Wyvern Barracks, EXETER, Devon, EX2 6AR Telephone: 01392 492429

  • 6 RIFLES

    Headquarters Company detachment, Oakleigh Road, BARNSTABLE, EX32 8JT Telephone: 01392 492510

  • 6 RIFLES

    Headquarters Company detachment, York Road, PAIGNTON, TQ4 5NJ Telephone: 01392 492429

  • 6 RIFLES

    A Company, Eastern Avenue, GL4 3BD Telephone: 01452 523132

  • 6 RIFLES

    3 Platoon, A Company, HMS Flying Fox, Winterstoke Road, BS3 2NS Telephone: 01452 523132

  • 6 RIFLES

    2 Platoon, A Company, Suvla Barracks, HR1 2QX Telephone: 01432 360752

  • 6 RIFLES

    C Company, Poundbury Road, DORCHESTER, DT1 1TA Telephone: 01305 264969

  • 6 RIFLES

    6 Platoon, C Company, Wallisdown Road, POOLE BH12 5AD Telephone: 01305 264969

  • 6 RIFLES

    D Company, Moresk Road, TRURO, TR1 1DF Telephone: 01872 272010

  • 6 RIFLES

    8 Platoon, D Company, Millbay Park, PLYMOUTH, PL1 3BQ Telephone: 01872 272010

Light Infantry Battalion

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

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

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

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

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

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

Light Support Weapon

Accuracy It has a heavier and longer barrel than the SA80 individual weapon allowing greater muzzle velocity and accuracy.

Small arms and support weapons

Personal Clothing

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

Personal Equipment


Armour Osprey assault body armour and Virtus body armour system.

Personal Equipment

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