8th Battalion The Rifles (8 RIFLES)
8 RIFLES is The Rifles' Reserve Infantry Battalion of the North East, Yorkshire and West Midlands. It is comprised of 500 part-time soldiers from a wide variety of backgrounds and has bases in North East, South and West Yorkshire, Birmingham and Shropshire. The Battalion has three rifle companies and a headquarters company, each comprising approximately 100 soldiers.
The Battalion is paired with 2 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 8 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 8 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
At present woman may join 8 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.
- 8 RIFLES is based across the North and Midlands.
- D Company, a pre-existing RIFLES company was incorporated into 8 RIFLES when they formed in 2017.
- The battalion is partnered with 2 RIFLES and is in the process of training its new Riflemen to deploy on operations.
8 RIFLES are our reserve Battalion covering the North of England and the Midlands.
Based in North East England you really do discover some of our country’s real gems – both hidden and sparkling in the spotlight. The counties of South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire and East Riding of Yorkshire all have their own delights to offer, including Leeds, York, Scarborough and Beverley. As you travel further north, you can discover majestic Durham and its famous Durham Cathedral, cosmopolitan yet historic Tyne and Wear with Newcastle and Gateshead, and picture-perfect Northumberland with its castle-lined coastline.
Based in the Midlands you will see areas of outstanding natural beauty, the home of William Shakespeare, and England’s second city, Birmingham. Central England is a place steeped in art, history, and culture. See one of Britain’s architectural jewels, Lincoln Cathedral, or visit the hometown of William Shakespeare in Stratford-upon-Avon. You can also see the inspirations for one of his most beloved plays, the battlefields and tomb of Richard III in Leicestershire. It’s not all history though, with the Peak District, cosmopolitan Birmingham, and the traditional seaside resort of Skegness there’s guaranteed to be plenty going on.
Rifleman Steve Tinker
"I’ve been in 8 RIFLES for just over a year. During my time I have completed my basic training and Combat Infantryman’s Course and made some good mates along the way. I chose to join the Army Reserve and The Rifles specifically because I wanted a change of pace in life and 8 RIFLES has certainly given me that. What I like most about The Rifles is that everyone, regardless of rank or job, is a Rifleman first and foremost. We focus on doing the basics to a high standard and are inclusive of everyone, no matter their background or experience."
Lieutenant Luke Mazzoni
"As a Platoon Commander, I ensure that my Riflemen are well trained and well looked after. So far, I have had the chance to run a couple of charity events in the community and I have trained alongside the Regular Army; which was a tough but fun experience. My next big challenge is to develop a brand new platoon in one of 8 RIFLES' new locations. With Riflemen living across the Midlands and the Northeast, this means that I lead Riflemen from really varied backgrounds. No two of my Riflemen have the same experience and they all offer something unique."
8 RIFLES has only been in existence for several months, but has swiftly recruited Riflemen from across the Midlands and Northeast into its ranks.
This year, 8 RIFLES’ football team made it to the Army Reserves Football Semi Finals; a considerable achievement considering that this is the first season that the team has been playing together. 8 RIFLES are in the process of planning several adventurous training expeditions that the Riflemen will soon be enjoying.
8 RIFLES Timeline
1st Nov 2017
Iraq 2007 -
Riflemen have deployed as D Company (RIFLES) 5RRF
Afghanistan 2007 -
Riflemen have deployed as D Company (RIFLES) 5RRF
Have started to support their partner Battalion 2 RIFLES on Worldwide Operations.
Have started to support their partner Battalion 2 RIFLES on Overseas training and exercises.
Will continue to support their paired Battalion (2 RIFLES) on Operations worldwide.
Battalion Headquarters and Headquarters Company, St Andrew's Road, BISHOPS AUCKLAND, DL14 6RX Telephone: 0191 375 5199
D Company, The Gilesgate Armoury, Gilesgate, DURHAM, DH1 1JR Telephone: 0191 375 5199
2 Platoon, D Company and Assault Pioneer Pl, HQ Company, ARC Dykelands Rd, Seaburn, SUNDERLAND, SR6 8DP Telephone: 0191 375 5199
E Company, ARC, Bligny House, Copthorne Road, SHREWSBURY, SY3 8LZ Telephone: 01743 842034 or 01743 842026
5 Platoon, E Company, Golden Hillcock Road, Sparkbrook, BIRMINGHAM, B11 2QG Telephone: 01743 842034 or 01743 842026
Y Company, Wakefield Road, PONTEFRACT, WF8 4ES Telephone: 01302 322776
8 Platoon, Y Company, Danum Road, DONCASTER, DN4 5HD Telephone: 01302 322776