3rd Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment

Who we are

The 3rd Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment ‘The Steelbacks’ is an Army Reserve Light Infantry Battalion made up of terrific Officers, Soldiers and civilians. Our Headquarters is in the heart of Suffolk in Bury St Edmunds, we have sub-units located throughout East Anglia and in the East Midlands.

Our Reserve Officers and Soldiers come from many walks of life and civilian occupations, coming together to make a dynamically capable team. Integration with Regimental Headquarters and our sister Regular Battalion all focus on integrating 3 Royal Anglian as part of the Regimental Family.

Where to find us

We can be found in:

  • Bury St Edmunds
  • Hertford
  • Colchester
  • Norwich
  • Lowestoft
  • Leicester
  • Lincoln
  • Corby
  • Grimsby
  • Peterborough

What we do

The Steelbacks’ are a highly professional Army Reserve unit. Which supports the Regular Army by providing augmenters for operational deployment, engagement tasks, international peacekeeping and stability operations. We have deployed soldiers on operations in countries including; Iraq, Afghanistan, Mali, Kenya and Australia, both in support of the Regular Army and as a formed unit in support of wider operations. 

Our sub-units meet once a week and take part in planned weekend training and annual deployment exercises in the UK and overseas.

We continue to support the Army in its operational output whilst also providing a wide range of Army focused training to the individuals who join us both as Officers and Soldiers.

Sport with the Battalion

Not only do we engage in military training, exercises and operations, we also like our soldiers to engage in Army Sports and to take themselves out of their comfort zones on challenging Adventure Training. Both Sports and Adventure Training help develop a well-rounded soldier / leader who is capable under pressure. The Battalion participate in a number of annual sporting events / competitions from Football Matches to Golf Tournaments with those who excel going on to represent the Army Reserve at National level.

We encourage participation in Adventure Training, whether that is on Battalion organised Skiing Foundation Course, on a multi activity package which could encompass Rock Climbing, Mountain Biking, Canoeing or a host of other activities on a basic hill walking weekend or major foreign expedition. If you aspire to be an Instructor the national courses are available to help you achieve that.

There is so much more on offer to a 3 Royal Anglian reserve than just military training.

We want you to join us

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Professional Army reserve unit wants you

We are a highly trained professional Army Reserve unit and have opportunities for you to join us. You will learn new skills, try new challenges, chance to travel and make new friends.

If you want to find out more give us a call or drop us a line.

Call now: 01284 718 468

Email the recruitment team

Our locations

  • 3rd Battalion HQ (The Steelbacks)

    Blenheim Camp, Newmarket Rd, Bury Saint Edmunds, Suffolk, IP33 3SW 01284 718 468


    Army Reserve Centre, 325 Aylsham Road, Norwich, Norfolk, NR3 2AB. 01603 427 658


    Army Reserve Centre, St Peters Street, Lowestoft, Suffolk, NR32 2LT. 01603 427 658


    Army Reserve Centre, Ulverscroft Road, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE4 6BY. 0115 427 658


    Army Reserve Centre, St Marks Road, Corby, Northamptonshire, NN18 8AN. 01536 203 190


    Army Reserve Centre, Springfield Lyons, Colchester Road, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 5TA. 01245 462 301


    Army Reserve Centre, Westward Ho, Grimsby, NE Lincolnshire, DN34 5AE 01472 877 581


    Army Reserve Centre, Sobraon Barracks, Burton Road, Lincoln. LN1 3PY 01522 529082


    Army Reserve Centre, Blenheim Camp, Newmarket Road, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 3SW 01284 718 481


    Army Reserve Centre, London Road, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, PE2 9BY. 01733 358 775

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

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

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

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 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