The Light Dragoons

Fast, adaptable and leading from the front

The Light Dragoons is a light cavalry regiment in the Adaptive Force. It used to be fast horses that helped these multi-skilled soldiers to cover the battlefield quickly – today it’s the Jackal 2 armoured vehicle.




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Light Cavalry




our skills

Every soldier in the Light Dragoons is trained to use the Jackal 2 armoured vehicle, but they’re just as capable at operating on foot. These light cavalry troops also have expertise in a wide range of weaponry and communications equipment.

  • Driving a Jackal 2 armoured vehicle
  • Firing heavy and grenade machine guns 
  • Communicating with radios
  • Gathering and passing on intelligence
  • Commanding from the front
  • Making judgement calls in tough situations

Enhanced Forward Presence

The regiment is currently working alongside a US battle group in Poland.

Past deployments: 

  • Operation Althea (Bosnia)
  • Operation Herrick (Afghanistan) 

Our People

Soldiers in the Light Dragoons are mainly recruited from the North of England, earning them the nickname ‘England’s Northern Cavalry’. They have a well-earned reputation for being independent, resourceful and tough.

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Lieutenant Colonel Cossens - Commanding Officer
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Corporal Burnside - Crew Commander
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Trooper Taylor - Gunner

Catterick Garrison

Since 2015, the Light Dragoons has been based at Catterick Garrison in North Yorkshire.

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Our Role

These light cavalry soldiers are tasked with preparing the way for the rest of the force. They are out in front carrying out many different roles, from scouting for information to engaging enemy targets.


They use Jackal 2 fighting vehicles and other tactical, lightweight equipment to deploy anywhere in the world – often at short notice. And the wide range of operations they tackle means they get to make use of their diverse skills in times of peace and times of conflict.

Past to Present

The Light Dragoons was first raised in the middle of the 18th century and quickly became noted for their scouting expertise and courage. Since then, the regiment’s reputation has grown through the key role it played in high profile deployments, from the Napoleonic Wars to World War II.

  1. 1759

    The 15th Light Dragoons becomes the first ever light cavalry regiment

  2. 1815

    Three regiments are present at the battle of Waterloo

  3. 1854

    The 13th Light Dragoons are at the forefront of the Charge of the Light Brigade

  4. 1914-18

    Four regiments fight in World War I, both on horseback and in the trenches

  5. 1944

    At the Normandy landings, 13th/18th Hussars are the first Allied tanks to reach French soil

  6. 1992

    The Light Dragoons deploys to the Balkans on peacekeeping operations

Our Locations

  • The Light Dragoons

    Address: Gaza Barracks, Catterick Garrison, North Yorkshire, DL9 4AU Contact: 01748 872801


List of equipment used

Jackal 2

Rapid Jackal 2 is a high mobility weapons platform, with a unique air-bag suspension system allowing rapid movement across varying terrain

Reconnaissance vehicles

Coyote TSV

6x6 Extra two wheels gives a heavier vehicle, which can act in support of the Jackal 2 to transport supplies and equipment over similar terrain

Reconnaissance vehicles


Up in the air Weighing 7-tonnes, the Panther is air transportable and can be underslung beneath a Chinook helicopter.

Protected patrol vehicles

Heavy Machine Gun

12.7mm The powerful L1A1 12.7mm (.50) Heavy Machine Gun (HMG) is an updated version of the Browning M2 Fifty-cal.

Small arms and support weapons

Grenade Machine Gun

Mounted The GMG is usually mounted on WMIK Land Rovers but can also be used from ground-based tripods.

Small arms and support weapons