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.
To be at the cutting edge of the Army’s Infantry capability, the Regiment trains hard in order to fight hard.
1 YORKS routinely undertake rigorous training exercises at Catterick and are periodically tested at the British Army Training Unit Suffield (BATUS) in Canada. From 2021, 1 YORKS will be the only armoured infantry battalion in the north of England and remain part of 12 Armoured Infantry Brigade.
In Cyprus, 2 YORKS will undertake a wide range of new training exercises and concept development as the Army’s only, designated Enhanced Light Force Battalion.
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 an Armoured Infantry battalion equipped with the Warrior Armoured Fighting Vehicle and are part of 12 Armoured Infantry Brigade, one of the British Army’s deployable, high-readiness brigades. Army Football and Rugby champions, the battalion moved ‘home’ to Catterick Garrison, after a 17-year absence from Yorkshire and are the only Armoured Infantry battalion in the north of England.
Enhanced Light Role Infantry
Experts in dismounted close combat, 2 YORKS have set the Army standard for Light-Role Infantry and after deploying to Morocco in November 2018, they deployed to Afghanistan in 2019 for the second time in as many years. The Battalion has since returned home for post-tour leave and assisted with COVID-19 Testing before moving to Cyprus for a 2-year tour of duty in December 2020.
Since returning from operations in Afghanistan, the 2nd Battalion has prepared for a change in role from Light-Mechanised infantry and will now spearhead the British Army’s Enhanced Light Force Battalion concept, the only unit in the British Army to do so. This is a 3-year, £10M programme that will transform how future light-role, infantry forces will operate and fight. While in Cyprus 2 YORKS will also hold readiness as the Regional Standby battalion as well as participate in sport and adventurous training.
Life in The Yorkshire Regiment
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 CSM 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, including a special tribute from our Band for Dame Vera Lynn.
We supported the people of West Yorkshire with a major Flood Relief effort as well as mobilising 150 soldiers as part of the immediate response to COVID 19. In late 2020 we provided support to the people of Liverpool in the mass COVID-19 testing trial. As the only county regiment in the British Army, the connection and association we have with our ‘home’ region is our strength. From the Great Yorkshire Show, National Armed Forces Day in Scarborough and Bradford Dragon Boat Festival, we will also help with community projects and continue to be active across the region, helping to maintain our existing relationships, as well as forging new ones.
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.