Light Mechanised and Experimental Infantry

1 & 2 YORKS

At the heart of the action

The 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 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 with 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 Infantry capability, Yorkshire’s Infantry train hard in order to fight hard.

1 YORKS Armoured Infantry at Catterick undertake rigorous battalion training exercises to enable their ongoing Future Soldier conversion from Armoured to Light Infantry. 1 YORKS also support Defence Outputs by providing specialist Short Term Training Teams (STTT) overseas. In April 2022, 1 YORKS will be part 7th Brigade Combat Team.

In Cyprus, 2 YORKS are undertaking a wide range of experimentation and trials as the Army’s only, designated Enhanced Light Forces Battalion. In summer 2022, 2 YORKS will return to Dale Barracks Chester as the core of Land Warfare Centre’s Experimentation and Trials Group. As the British Army’s next generation combat team, 2 YORKS will influence how soldiers should fight in the future.

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.


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Armoured/Light Mechanised Infantry

1 YORKS is an Armoured Infantry battalion, currently equipped with the Warrior Armoured Fighting Vehicle and part of 12 Armoured Brigade Combat Team, one of the British Army’s deployable, high-readiness brigades.

1 YORKS moved to their permanent ‘home’ in Catterick Garrison, after a 17-year absence from Yorkshire and under Future Soldier, the transition from Armoured to Light Mechanised Infantry is underway, including conversion to Jackal and Foxhound wheeled vehicles.

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Enhanced Light Role Infantry

Experts in dismounted close combat, 2 YORKS have set the Army standard for Light-Role Infantry capability, proving themselves after deploying to Afghanistan in 2019 for the second time in as many years and being some of the last soldiers to leave Kabul on Op Pitting.

In Cyprus till August 2022, 2 YORKS hold readiness as the Regional Standby Battalion and the Resident Infantry Battalion. Appointed as the British Army’s only Enhanced Light Force Battalion, 2 YORKS are pivotal to a 3-year, £10M programme that will transform how future light-role, infantry forces will operate and fight.

On their return to the UK, 2 YORKS will form the core of Land Warfare Centre’s Experimentation and Trails Group, and as the Army’s capability pathfinders, will be responsible for taking innovative ideas from inception to delivery on operations.

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Community Engagement

The 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 look forward to representing the Army at the 25 June 2022 National Armed Forces Day, in Scarborough.

Responsible for UK Resilience in the region, our 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 Yorkshire Regiment as a full-time or spare-time soldier. They can give you guidance and help before you start your online registration.


07971 898438