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Light Mechanised and Infantry Pathfinders

1 & 2 YORKS

At the heart of the action

The Royal Yorkshire Regiment recruits from across Yorkshire and Teesside, England and the Commonwealth. We recruit our officers nationwide and many from further afield. If you live in or have connections with the north, then The Royal Yorkshire Regiment is your infantry regiment.

Our professional soldiers of 1 YORKS and 2 YORKS have a strong sense of pride based on stamina, courage and success. They come equipped with resolve and a steely determination to succeed and a sense of humour that sustains them when the going gets tough.

We look to our officers to provide the strong natural leadership that will make the most of their soldiers qualities and create unique bonds of trust that are essential in the rigours of today's battlefield. They are made of stronger by shared experience in training on operations and on the sports field to achieve confidence and understanding between our officers and soldiers that is special even within the Army.

On Exercise

To be at the cutting edge of the British Army’s warfighting capability, Yorkshire’s Infantry train hard in order to fight hard.

1 YORKS Light Mechanised Infantry at Catterick undertake rigorous training exercises to enable them to rapidly deploy as part of 7th Infantry Brigade (The Desert Rats). 1 YORKS also support Defence Outputs by providing specialist Short Term Training Teams (STTT) overseas. 1 YORKS are currently preparing for an operational deployment to Iraq.

Based in Chester, 2 YORKS are undertaking a wide range of experimentation and trials as the Army’s Next Generation Combat Team. The outcome of recent work will be put to the test on Ex Wessex Storm in May 2023.

Sporting Success

As the Best Sporting Regiment in the Army we provide the opportunity to play sport at all levels. Competitive team and individual sport is especially valued in The Yorkshire Regiment because it attracts men who enjoy and thrive in a team environment, whatever their sporting talents. From a kick about with your mates, to mountain biking; scuba diving, skiing, sailing and boxing, we offer it all.

Our reputation as #BestSportingRegiment is borne out by our successes on sports fields at home and on tours overseas.


  • Army Cup Champions 2010/11, 2016/17 and Finalists 2013/14 and 2015/16
  • Infantry Cup Champions 2006/07, 2010/11, 2014/15 and 2016/17
  • 2017/18 Army Cup Champions

Rugby Union

  • Army Cup Champions fifteen times including 2017/18
  • Finalists or semi -finalists for the last 10 years
  • 2017/18 Army Premiership Cup Champions

Rugby League

  • Army Cup Champions nine times in last ten years
  • Army 9’s winners 2012/13, 2013/14 and 2015/16

Education and Skills

Yorkshire Regiment soldiers are at the forefront of technology and therefore need to keep their skills and education constantly topped up.



Light Mechanised Infantry

1 YORKS has embraced its new role within the 7th Light Mechanised Brigade Combat Team. After joining the Desert Rats on Ex CERBURUS in October 2022, the Army’s most significant exercise in over a decade, 1 YORKS were at the heart of demonstrating the utility of Light Mechanised Infantry.  With an operational deployment to Iraq fast approaching, a further deployment to Kosovo on the horizon for this year and next, and a Battlegroup validation on Ex WESSEX STORM in 2024, 1 YORKS is now set to be part of NATO’s Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF) in the relatively near future. Given the turbulence of events in eastern Europe, there are few, if any, more relevant roles in the Field Army right now.

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Infantry Pathfinders

2 YORKS launched the Next Generation Combat Team on the 12 Oct 22.  This new role for the Battalion is central to making the Army more agile, more lethal, and more relevant against a pacing threat and to gain advantage at a pace of relevance.  Pushing the boundaries in every area, seeking to exploit existing capabilities and justify new ones, the new role for 2 YORKS will be tested during Wessex Storm 2023 using the latest generation night capability, sighting systems and the latest communication systems. The 2 YORKS element of the battlegroup will be measured against its combat effectiveness in terms of its ability to engage the enemy at greater distance, speed up the kill chain and increase its level of lethality using cutting edge equipment and recently developed TTPs. 2 YORKS Infantry pathfinders for the British Army.

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Community Engagement

The Royal Yorkshire Regiment has strong bonds with our home county of Yorkshire and the conurbation of Teesside. In June 2019, we remembered D-Day 75 when three of our famous antecedent regiments were among the first ashore and Company Sergeant Major Stan Hollis of the Green Howard’s was awarded the only Victoria Cross on 6 June, a date that continues with us as our regimental formation day. In 2020 we celebrated VE Day 75 and VJ Day 75 with our communities and veterans and we represented the Army at the 25 June 2022 National Armed Forces Day, in Scarborough.

Responsible for UK Resilience in the region, our Army Reserve infanteers supported the people of West Yorkshire with flood relief efforts as well as mobilising 150 soldiers as part of the immediate response to COVID 19. In late 2020 we also provided mass COVID testing facilities for the people of Liverpool and West Midlands.

As the only county regiment remaining in the British Army, the connection and association we have with our ‘home’ is our great strength. From the Great Yorkshire Show, Yorkshire Day, National Armed Forces Week and community projects across out cities and towns, we continue to be active across the region we represent and recruit from, helping to maintain existing relationships, as well as forging new ones.

Yorkshire Regiment Association

YORKS Recruitment Contacts

Infantry Engagement Team

Speak to a member of the Infantry Engagement Team (IET) about joining The Royal Yorkshire Regiment as a full-time or spare-time soldier. They can give you guidance and help before you start your online registration.


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