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The Rifles

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We Are Swift and Bold

We are the British Army’s largest infantry regiment, at the forefront of overseas operations, offering more roles, variety and locations.

We have a no-nonsense approach to soldiering, which makes us one of the finest fighting units, forged over centuries of conflict protecting the nation.

We have strong bonds of brotherhood, tradition and professionalism which set us apart from others.

#WeAreRiflemen

Our Capabilities

Our determination and approach to soldiering means our troops are considered some of the toughest fighting soldiers in the Army. With this comes other possibilities because in The Rifles we are able to offer the greatest range of potential career pathways and opportunities.

Riflemen are innovators by nature and have been since the Regiment’s formation. This ability makes us one of the most robust infantry regiments in the British Army. We continually strive to improve and push ourselves to the limit.

#WeAreInnovators

Light Infantry

Battalions
1 RIFLES and 2 RIFLES

Locations
Chepstow and Lisburn (Northern Ireland)

Jobs
Entry: Rifleman, Sharpshooter, GPMG Gunner, Radio Operator & Driver

Specialist: Reconnaissance, Javelin/NLAW Operator, PTI, Mortarman, Assault Pioneer, Sniper, Machine Gunner & Signaller

Equipment
Personal: SA80A3, Underslung Grenade Launcher, L129A1 Sharpshooter, L131A1 Glock 17, L109 HE Grenade, L7A2 GPMG & Thermal/Night Sights

Specialist: GPMG Sustained Fire Role, Command Launch Unit, Mortars, Demolitions, Javelin, Next generation Light Anti-tank Weapon (NLAW),  Bridging, L115A3 Sniper Rifle, Communication and Information Systems, Building Breaching Equipment, Land Rover & Troop Carrying Vehicle

 

 

Mechanised Infantry

Locations
Edinburgh

Battalions
3 RIFLES

Jobs
Entry: Rifleman, Sharpshooter, GPMG Gunner, Radio Operator, Reconnaissance, General Driver & Mastiff/Jackal Driver

Specialist: Javelin/NLAW Operator, Mortarman, PTI, Assault Pioneer, Sniper, Machine Gunner & Signaller

Equipment
Personal: SA80A3, Underslung Grenade Launcher, L129A1 Sharpshooter, L131A1 Glock 17, L109 HE Grenade, L7A2 GPMG & Thermal/Night Sights

Specialist: L1A1 HMG, Grenade Machine Gun, Command Launch Unit, Javelin Anti-Tank Missile, Next Generation Light Anti-tank Weapon, Mortars, Demolitions, Bridging, L115A3 Sniper Rifle, Communication and Information Systems, Breaching Equipment, Mastiff, Wolfhound, Jackal, Quadbike, Land Rover & Troop Carrying Vehicle

Armoured Infantry

Locations
Bulford

Battalions
5 RIFLES

Jobs
Entry:
Rifleman, Sharpshooter, GPMG Gunner, Radio Operator & General Driver 

Specialist: Reconnaissance, Javelin Operator, Mortarman, Assault Pioneer, Sniper, PTI, Signaller, Warrior Driver, Warrior Gunner, Warrior Commander, Bulldog Driver, Bulldog Commander, CVR(T) Driver, CVR(T) Gunner, CVR(T) Commander, Panther Driver & Panther Commander 

Equipment
Personal:
SA80A3, Underslung Grenade Launcher, L129A1 Sharpshooter, L131A1 Glock 17, L109 HE Grenade, L7A2 GPMG & Thermal/Night Sights

Specialist: Command Launch Unit, Javelin Anti-Tank Missile, Next Generation Light Anti-tank Weapon, Mortars, Demolitions, Bridging, L115A3 Sniper Rifle, Communication and Information Systems, Breaching Equipment, Warrior Infantry Fighting Vehicle, Chain Gun, Bulldog Armoured Personnel Carrier, CVR(T) Reconnaissance Vehicle, Panther, Quadbike, Land Rover & Troop Carrying Vehicle

 

Specialised Infantry

Locations
Aldershot

Battalions
4 RIFLES

Jobs
Entry: Rifleman, Sharpshooter, GPMG Gunner, Radio Operator & Driver

Specialist: Reconnaissance, Javelin Operator, Mortarman, Joint Terminal Attack Controller, Assault Pioneer, Sniper, Machine Gunner, Signaller & Storeman

Equipment
Personal: SA80A3, Underslung Grenade Launcher, L129A1 Sharpshooter, L131A1 Glock 17, L109 HE Grenade, L7A2 GPMG & Thermal/Night Sights

Specialist: Command Launch Unit, Mortars, Demolitions, Bridging, L115A3 Sniper Rifle, Communication and Information Systems, Building Breaching Equipment, Land Rover, Troop Carrying Vehicle, Civilian Armoured Vehicle & RWIMK

 

OUR JOB ROLES

Assault Pioneer and Bugler

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OUR DEPLOYMENTS

Past, present and future RIFLES deployments. Our Riflemen are also deployed to assist in training, advice and assistance roles to other nations.

The Rifles has Riflemen consistently deployed on operations and training worldwide.

Iraq - 6 tours
Afghanistan - 14 tours
Estonia (NATO) - 2017 and 2020
Worldwide 2007 to Present, including - Belize, Canada, Cyprus, Gabon, Kenya, Mali, Sudan, Eastern Europe

Our Locations

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The Rifles have established roots across many towns, cities and counties. We are based in 26 locations within the UK, more than any other Infantry Regiment. Five of these are Regular unit locations and 21 are Reserve unit locations. No matter where you come from, The Rifles have a connection; either through other serving Riflemen or the physical presence of one of our Battalions.

This allows Regular Riflemen to get home easily when off duty and provides a web of local Reserve bases for part time Riflemen.

Your career would not be limited to service in these locations. You may also find yourself serving alongside another unit, or at a training establishment elsewhere.

#WeAreRooted

 

We Are Riflemen

Joining The Rifles

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Joining Full Time (Regular)

Looking for an exciting, varied role? Becoming a Rifleman is a great choice. You’re part of the Army’s front line team, taking part in all kinds of operations – from peace keeping and disaster relief to full scale war. You won’t do this on your own though. You’ll work and train alongside other highly skilled soldiers – who’ll become like family. This team spirit is vital in combat. And you will make friends for life. Together, you’ll take on all kinds of challenges worldwide, including Adventurous Training. With the chance to gain qualifications, you will learn and move up the ranks too.

Regular RIFLES

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Joining Part Time (Reserve)

The Army Reserve is the British Army's reserve force. When you join as a RIFLES Reservist you'll get involved in everything that the Regular Battalions do - from combat to peacekeeping and humanitarian work. You'll be given the opportunity to learn trade skills, and can take advantage of the opportunities that Regular Riflemen have too - like adventurous training. You'll be paid for the time you serve. The difference is that Reservists are not full-time soldiers. Many Reservists have a day job. The role or job that an individual will perform will depend very much on what is available at the nearest Army Reserve Centre (ARC).

Reserve RIFLES

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Transfer of the Colonel-in-Chief of The Rifles

Earlier today in a short ceremony at Windsor Castle and Highgrove House, Gloucestershire the transfer of the Colonel-in-Chief of The Rifles from His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh to Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall took place.

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3 RIFLES prepare for the Funeral of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh

The RIFLES have a long history with The Duke of Edinburgh. He was their Colonel in Chief from their formation in 2007 until his retirement in 2020. As part of his Funeral, taking place in Windsor on Saturday, 14 personnel from 3 RIFLES will form an element of the Guard of Honour, led by Lieutenant O’Brien.

HRH The Duchess of Cornwall Visits Wiltshire's 5 RIFLES

HRH The Duchess of Cornwall Visits Wiltshire's 5 RIFLES

HRH The Duchess of Cornwall Visits Wiltshire's 5 RIFLES

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The Rifles is looking for quality people just like you right now. To speak to someone about joining the infantry and becoming a Rifleman, please get in touch with The Rifles’ Engagement Team.

RIFLES Engagement Warrant Officer can be contacted by Phone, Text or WhatsApp - 07971 893807 or on [email protected]

RIFLES History

The Rifles formed in 2007 when four of the most famous Regiments in the British Army merged together into a modern and exciting large regiment optimised for 21st Century warfare. Formed in the crucible of operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, The Rifles holds an incredible 913 battle honours, world record 117 Victoria Crosses (VC) and has a living history that is second to none.

  1. 1685 - Present

    The first British soldiers to wear camouflaged uniforms and 'skirmish' were Riflemen.

  2. Peninsula War

    1808-14. Renown for their fitness, initiative and fighting spirit in Spain and Portugal; Riflemen were the first to be issued rifles and 'swords' rather than muskets and bayonets.

  3. World War I

    1914-18. The Antecedent and Forming Regiments of The Rifles made a massive contribution, earning 49 Victoria Crosses.

  4. World War II

    1939-45. The first Mechanised Infantry, and first soldiers on the ground on D Day (Pegasus Bridge) were Riflemen.

  5. 2007 - Present

    Since formation in 2007, Riflemen have constantly been engaged on operations; amassing over 100 gallantry awards including a George Medal, 4 x CGCs, 11 x DSOs, 5 x QGMs and 21 Military Crosses.

  6. Future

    Recognised for innovation and professional excellence on the battlefield over centuries and with battalions now in four of the five possible Infantry roles, The Rifles is certain to play a key part in future major military campaigns.