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2nd Battalion, Royal Anglian Regiment

Who we are

The Second Battalion, Royal Anglian Regiment, ‘The Poachers’, is a Light Mechanised Infantry Battalion who recruit from across the East of England (Lincolnshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Rutland). This strong link and our county heritage forms the basis of our five Companies.


  • A “Lincolnshire” Company
  • B “Leicestershire” Company
  • C “Northamptonshire” Company
  • D “Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire” Company
  • HQ “Rutland” Company

Based at Kendrew Barracks, Rutland, ‘The Poachers’ are located right in the heartland of their recruiting area.  ‘The Poachers’ are part of 7th Infantry Brigade and 1st (UK) Division – the British Army’s Adaptable Force who are optimised for challenges of today, both in the UK and abroad. 

What we do

‘The Poachers’ have deployed on a number of operations, including Iraq and Afghanistan. 

More recently the Battalion has been based in Cyprus, providing the United Kingdom’s high readiness Infantry unit, ready to respond and support operations across the Middle East and North Africa. 

Additionally, the Battalion has deployed on numerous overseas exercises worldwide to countries including Egypt, Canada and the USA.

Sport with the battalion

Sport and Adventure Training activities are equally important in ‘The Poachers’. 

We have recently had scuba diving expeditions to Malta, competed in the Army Ski Championships and had soldiers represent the Army at the International Brazilian Ju-Jitsu Games in Las Vegas. 

Even if you haven't tried any of these sports before, join the Poachers and learn a new skill.  Being based in Rutland offers easy access to both the North and South of country, with good transport links back home or for weekends away with friends.

Exercise Spirit in the Night -The Royal Anglian Regiment

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

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

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

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

81mm Mortar

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

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

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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