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.
With over 330 years of history on the front-line, it is no surprise that our Yorkshire Warriors are all too often at the forefront of our nation’s defence.
In 2018, the 1st battalion deployed to Canada and are now in Estonia, the 2nd Battalion returned from Afghanistan, and will go to Morocco in November and our 4th Battalion Army Reserve will also deploy in November to Lithuania.
We will be in the unique position of all three of our battalions on operations or major exercise in November.
To be at the cutting edge of the Army, the Regiment must train hard in order to fight hard.
1 YORKS routinely undertake rigorous training exercises on Salisbury Plain and are periodically tested at the British Army Training Unit Suffield (BATUS) in Canada. 2018 once again sees 1 YORKS become the lead armoured infantry battlegroup for the Army.
2 YORKS take part in a wide range of training exercises such as Exercise Wessex Storm, designed to prepare them for operations and occasionally UK contingency operations.
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 sportsfields at home and on tours overseas.
o Army Cup Champions 2010/11, 2016/17 and Finalists 2013/14 and 2015/16
o Infantry Cup Champions 2006/07, 2010/11, 2014/15 and 2016/17
o 2017/18 Army Cup Champions
* Rugby Union
o Army Cup Champions fifteen times including 2017/18
o Finalists or semi -finalists for the last 10 years
o 2017/18 Army Premiership Cup Champions
* Rugby League
o Army Cup Champions nine times in last ten years
o Army 9’s winners 2012/13, 2013/14 and 2015/16
Yorkshire Regiment soldiers are at the forefront of technology and therefore need to keep their skills and education constantly topped up.
1 YORKS is our armoured infantry battalion and is at the core of 12th Armoured Infantry Brigade, one of the Army’s deployable, high readiness brigades. Based at Warminster and equipped with the WARRIOR Armoured Fighting Vehicle. They are experts in mounted close combat, a role that allows them to provide shock action and endurance to any operational force. Uniquely, they have even found time in their busy programme to win the Army’s two premier sporting trophies, Rugby Union and Football, in the same season - it’s never been done before.
1 YORKS deployed to Estonia in July 2018 as a core component of NATOs forward presence on the border with Russia until March 2019. In early 2020, 1 YORKS will make a welcome return to Catterick Garrison after a 15-year absence from Yorkshire and will be re-equipped with the very latest Mechanized Infantry Vehicle.
2 YORKS are based at Catterick in Yorkshire and recently returned from a lengthy deployment in Afghanistan where they were located across Kabul at the Hamid Karzai International Airport (HKIA); New Kabul Compound (NKC) and Camp Qargha (QAA). They were engaged on a high-profile, risk-sensitive and finely-balanced operation that demands faultless soldiering and the highest standards of professionalism and concentration. Our Yorkshire soldiers set about the task in the positive, tough, honest and straightforward manner for which they are famed. The battalion is now back in our ‘home’ county, gearing up to maintain readiness as the UK Standby Battalion, ready for any eventuality.
Experts in dismounted close combat action, 2 YORKS have set the Army standard for Light-Mechanised Infantry and after being held at high readiness over the summer, will deploy to Morocco in November 2018 before the Battalion prepares for a return to Cyprus in 2020.
Community Engagement 2018
The Yorkshire Regiment is closely involved with the Government’s initiative to lay a VC Paving Stone in the town of birth of every WW1 VC Recipient on the date of their brave action. For us this has meant 24 separate ceremonies across the UK, from Brighton to Inverness, over the last 5 years.
We will conduct three freedom parades this year in Redcar, Stockton and Wakefield as well as organising the military village at the Great Yorkshire Show and attending several, regional Armed Forces Days.
As the only county regiment in the British Army, the connection and association we have with our ‘home’ region is our strength. Whenever we are able, we support our local communities from our cap-badged cadet organisations, Dragon boat racing, sports for youngsters and forging new relationships in some of our more challenging recruiting areas.
Speak to a member of the Yorkshire Regiment Support Team (YRST) about joining as a full-time. They can give you guidance and help before you start your online registration.