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1st Battalion, Royal Anglian Regiment

Who we are

The First Battalion, Royal Anglian Regiment, ‘The Vikings’. We predominately recruit from the counties of Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire but are open to all that wish to become part of our Regimental Family. 

1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment

We are a highly professional Infantry Battalion and along with the 2nd Battalion (Regular Army) and the 3rd Battalion (Army Reserve) are part of The Royal Anglian Regiment.

We are trained and prepared to deploy on a variety of operations in the UK and across the globe.

The Regiment's family background and connections into the community are important to us and we welcome new soldiers and officers to our Battalion with open arms.   

What we do

'The Vikings' have recently returned from two simultaneous six-month operations; Operation TORAL in Kabul, Afghanistan and Operation TRENTON in South Sudan.

The core role for both operations was to provide essential force protection to civil and military personnel, enabling them to advise the host nation senior leaders as well as to provide a quick reaction force which provided essential support to a number of high profile attacks.

At Play

It is not all work - scuba diving, mountain biking, sky diving and skiing are but a few of the sports and adventurous training opportunities that have been exploited by our Viking soldiers. 

Even if you haven't tried any of these sports before, join 'The Vikings' and learn a new skill; two first time skiers completed three months of training before competing in the Army Ski Championships! Being based in Woolwich offers quick and easy access into London for all that the capital city has to offer as well as easy transport links back home or to the airport for a trip away.

Our equipment

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

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

81mm Mortar

5650 metres High explosive, smoke and illuminating rounds to a maximum range of 5650m.

Small arms and support weapons

Join us now

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 Battalions.

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 opportunities around the world. 

If not full time we have a Reserve Battalion as well. 

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