Light Role Infantry


4th Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment

4 YORKS are our regionally-based Army Reserve battalion and have companies and detachments in towns and cities across Yorkshire and Teesside. 4 YORKS recently completed a successful multi-national exercise in Lithuania to practice and develop interoperability with our NATO counterparts. Contributing nations included Lithuania; Estonia, Poland and Germany. 4 YORKS deploy to Denmark on Ex Viking Star. 

The Battalion recruits and trains from nine Army Reserve Centre (ARCs) located in York, Hull, Beverley, Barnsley, Sheffield, Huddersfield, Leeds, Bradford and Middlesbrough.


Be a Yorkshire Warrior ...

Be a Reserve Infanteer

New skills Be an Infanteer

Be a Reserve Infanteer or join a trade such as Chef, Medic or Clerk.  Challenge yourself, learn military skills, gain new qualifications, travel overseas alongside some of the best Regular and Reserve soldiers in the world.

Combat infantry can also specialise as radio, mortar and machine gun operators, drivers, stores and team medics.

Be Fit

Fitness Training Paid training

Develop teamwork, fitness and courage through participation in military fitness, adventure training and sport. 

Qualify as a Army Physical Training Instructor or adventure training leader.

Attendance based pay

Tax Free

Annual training bonus

Pension & Holiday Pay

Pro rata pension and holiday pay

Travel expenses

For all training

Be in a Family

Join the Regiment Serve with your Pals

Join our family, be proud to serve with your pals from Yorkshire and Teesside in the best Army Reserve infantry battalion in the British Army.

Become a Leader

Reserve training Worth over £10,000

Reserve training teaches individual how to lead, solve problems, communicate, present ideas and organise complex events or processes.

It encourages commitment, reliability and confidence.  The average commercial value of Reserve training is worth over £10,000.



A team deployed on Operation TORAL 5 to support 2 YORKS, our paired unit.  This is the most recent example of the battalion providing soldiers to undergo mobilised service in support of our regular counterparts.

4 YORKS soldiers have deployed on operations to Iraq, Afghanistan and training missions to Uganda and Tunisia.




4 YORKS routinely undertake training in the UK and overseas, alongside regular or partner forces.  In recent years, they have trained alongside 1 YORKS in Canada, the US Army & Slovenian defence forces (pictured) in central Europe and the Australian Army reserves in southern Australia.

Individuals routinely take part in exchange programmes with the US Army National Guard.

In November 2018, the Battalion conducted its annual training exercise in Lithuania (Ex Iron Wolf 2). 


The Army Reserve

  1. 1850s

    The Volunteer Force formed to join the pre-existing Militia (formed in 1801) and Yeomanry in the defence of the nation.

  2. 1908

    The Yeomanry, Militia and Volunteer Force are merged to form the Territorial Force (named Territorial Army from 1921).

  3. WW1

    Hundreds of Territorial Force units are mobilised for overseas and homeland defence, many join the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) in France in late 1914.  In 1916 all TF soldiers were made eligible for overseas service. 

  4. WW2

    Hundreds of Territorial Army units mobilised and many of the pre-existing units join the BEF in France.  Later, entire TA Divisions and Brigades join the fight.

  5. 2015

    Since formation in 2006, 4 YORKS have joined 4th Infantry Brigade and are part of the newly renamed Army Reserve.

Explore our Equipment

General Purpose Machine Gun

GPMG The general purpose machine gun (GPMG) can be used as a light weapon and in a sustained fire role.

Small arms and support weapons

Personal Role Radio

Infantry PRR is issued to every member of an eight-strong infantry section.

Personal Equipment

Light Machine Gun

300 metres It provides the section commander with the capability to impose sustained suppressive fire on to an objective out to 300m.

Small arms and support weapons

Personal Clothing

Design The latest camouflage design was developed after extensive laboratory tests and field evaluations.

Personal Equipment

SA80 Individual Weapon

Tests On its introduction, it proved so accurate that the Army marksmanship tests had to be redesigned.

Small arms and support weapons

Light Support Weapon

Accuracy It has a heavier and longer barrel than the SA80 individual weapon allowing greater muzzle velocity and accuracy.

Small arms and support weapons

Logistic Support Vehicles

Mobility The SV fleet provides far greater mobility than previous generation cargo vehicles

Logistic vehicles

81mm Mortar

5650 metres High explosive, smoke and illuminating rounds to a maximum range of 5650m.

Small arms and support weapons

Land Rover Battlefield Ambulance

medical facilities It has a capacity for a combination of up to four stretchers or six seated casualties

Logistic vehicles

4 YORKS - Army Reserve Recruitment

Call for spare-time officer and soldier enquiries. Visit our home page for the map for local Army Reserve Centres (ARC) and their recruiter contact details.