The Royal Anglian Regiment

Your County Infantry Regiment


The Royal Anglian Regiment is the East of England’s premier Infantry Regiment.

We are a professional, adaptive and close-knit regiment who have proven our war fighting ability on recent operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

We have two Regular battalions and a Reserve battalion based in the East of England and Cyprus.




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The Royal Anglian Regiment provides three Infantry battalions within the Adaptable Force. 

These agile, light role battalions are: 

  • Committed to the British Army's global operations.
  • Ready to deploy at reduced notice to move.
  • Tasked with Defence Engagement around the world; engaging with and training other nations' Armies.
    Committed to assist the UK civil authorities.

Our Skills

With all battalions roled as Light Role Infantry, we specialise in dismounted close combat with the most up-to-date weapon systems and equipment.

The Regiment prides itself in the ability of its soldiers and the operational experience which grounds all of what we do.

Our deployments

Since 2002 the Regiment has deployed its soldiers on operations to:


Operation FINGAL (2002)
Operation HERRICK 6 (2007)
Operation HERRICK 11 (2009)
Operation HERRICK 16 (2012)
Operation HERRICK 19 (2013)
Operation TORAL 1 (2015)
Operation TORAL 7 (2018)               


Operation TELIC 6 (2005)
Operation TELIC 8 (2006)
Operation TELIC 12 (2008) 

Mali: Operation NEWCOMBE 5 (2015)

South Sudan: Operation TRENTON 6 (2019)


Our People

We are a county based Regiment bound together by a closely-knit family spirit.

Our approach is classless, based on mutual respect and trust, where developing and believing in our soldiers is paramount.

We are a forward looking, self-starting and welcoming team for whom the mission remains key.

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Our Battalions

The Royal Anglian Regiment primarily recruits from the following 10 counties across the East of England:

  • Essex
  • Hertfordshire
  • Bedfordshire
  • Cambridgeshire
  • Suffolk
  • Norfolk
  • Northamptonshire
  • Leicestershire
  • Rutland
  • Lincolnshire

The 1st Battalion is based in Woolwich, South East London. Whilst the 2nd Battalion is based in Dhekelia, Cyprus. The 3rd Battalion has a location in an Army Reserve Centre in close proximity to each of the 10 counties.

All three Battalions retain very strong links to the counties that they represent.


Through the years

The modern Regiment and its forebears have a long and proud history dating back to 1685.  The antecedent county regiments amalgamated between 1958 and 1963. The Royal Anglian Regiment was formed on the 1st September 1964 and was the first of the large infantry regiments. 

  1. 1685

    Raising of the first of the forebear Regiments

  2. 1964

    The Royal Anglian Regiment formed and deploys to Aden; The Regiments first operational tour.

  3. 1970

    Northern Ireland – the first of 29 operational tours in the Province

  4. 1994

    Bosnia – deployment on peacekeeping duties

  5. Post 2002 - 2019

    Seven tours of Afghanistan, three of Iraq, one of Mali and one of South Sudan.

  6. Future 2020

    The Regiment will deploy on its eighth tour of Afghanistan.

Our Locations

  • 1st Battalion (The Vikings)

    Woolwich, London

  • 2nd Battalion (The Poachers)

    Dhekelia, Cyprus

  • 3rd Battalion (The Steelbacks)

    Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

Introduction to The Royal Anglian Regiment

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Royal Anglians on exercise in Egypt

Over the coming weeks, The Second Battalion, The Royal Anglian Regiment, “The Poachers” will partake in a rigorous military exercise south-west of Alexandria, Egypt.

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Steelbacks get back to basic soldiering

Soldiers of 3rd Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment, known as the Steelbacks, have completed a battalion-level field exercise which saw them carry out recces and patrols as well as develop their tactical infantry skills and conduct operations in built-up areas.

Changes to our fitness tests

New physical fitness standards for combat roles

Find out more

Join us now

We are keen to hear from you. We are looking for people who are up to the challenge and want to make a difference on a full or part-time basis. Your skills and background could be perfect in our Battlalions.

The Army and our Regiment is a great place to find your next challenge, develop your leadership and discover the world through travel opportunities with Military Operations, Exercises and Adventure Training opportunties around the world. 

Apply to join us now

Contact us

If you want to find out more about joining our Infantry Regiment as an Officer or Soldier in a full-time or part-time capacity get in touch.

Regimental Headquarters

Regimental Recruitment Team
01284 718 468

Blenheim Camp, Newmarket Rd, Bury Saint Edmunds IP33 3SW