Fit, adaptable and self-reliant
The Royal Yeomanry is the senior light cavalry regiment in the British Army Reserve. Mounted in light armoured vehicles, it is a fast and highly mobile reconnaissance force with substantial firepower.
1 April 1967
Reconnaissance and Influence
Soldiers in the Royal Yeomanry operate in small teams, both on foot and behind the wheel of light armoured vehicles like the Land Rover RWMIK. As a Light Cavalry regiment, their role requires stealth, fitness, self-reliance and serious motivation.
We also have roles for medics, chefs and clerks who are vital part of the team.
- Mounted and dismounted reconnaissance operations
- Driving a range of high-performance cross-country vehicles
- Using a range of weapon systems
- Operating advanced communications equipment
- Reading and understanding environments
- Opportunity to learn and use foreign languages to engage with local populations
The Royal Yeomanry trains and deploys soldiers alongside the regular army around the world.
OP CABRIT (Poland)
OP SHADER (Iraq)
OP TURUS (Nigeria)
OP HERRICK (Afghanistan)
OP TELIC (Iraq)
and on exercise in Kenya, California and Cyprus.
The Royal Yeomanry recruits from Fulham, Croydon, Windsor, Leicester, Nottingham, Telford and Dudley. Soldiers in the RY come from all walks of life and usually join the squadron closest to them. All are united by the desire to serve their country.
The Royal Yeomanry’s regimental headquarters is based in London. It has squadrons in Fulham, Croydon, Windsor, Leicester, Nottingham, Telford and Dudley.
The Royal Yeomanry
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As a reconnaissance regiment, the Royal Yeomanry operates in front of other friendly forces to gather intelligence on the enemy and the local environment, often at night and in poor weather conditions.
They use light armoured vehicles fitted with high-tech weaponry and the latest battlefield communications systems, along with surveillance optics to help them see at night – although they’re equally at home on foot.
Royal Yeomanry soldiers train and serve alongside their Regular Army counterparts, 1st The Queen’s Dragoon Guards. Together, they have been deployed on operations all over the world.
Past to present
The Royal Yeomanry was formed in 1967 from a number of historic yeomanry regiments. Since then, men and women from the regiment have served both in the UK and alongside the Regular Army in operational theatres across the world.
The Royal Yeomanry is formed
The RY becomes the Army’s first Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Warfare regiment
The RY following mobilisation for Op Telic becomes the only Reserve unit to be awarded the 'Iraq 2003' battle honour
The regiment mobilises around 400 soldiers to serve in Iraq and Afghanistan
The regiment is converted to a light cavalry role
The Royal Yeomanry become part of 7th Infantry Brigade (the Desert Rats), pairs with the Queen’s Dragoon Guards and deploys 14 soldiers with them to serve on operations in Poland.
A (Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry) Squadron
Address: The Drill Hall, Cavendish Drive, Carlton, Nottingham, NG4 3DX Email: [email protected] Contact: 0115 961 8722
B (Staffordshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire) Squadron
Address: Alamein House, Vicar Street, Dudley, West Midlands, DY2 8RH Email: [email protected] Contact: 01384 230166
C (Kent and Sharpshooters Yeomanry) Squadron
Address: Sharpshooter House, The Barracks, Mitcham Road, Croydon, CR0 3RU Email: [email protected] Contact: 020 7384 4238
D (Shropshire Yeomanry) Squadron
Address: Army Reserve Centre, Cavan Drive, Dawley Bank Telford TF4 2BQ Email: [email protected] Contact: 01952 632952
E (Leicestershire and Derbyshire Yeomanry) Squadron
Address: Army Reserve Centre, Tigers Road, South Wigston, Leicester, LE18 4WS Email: [email protected] Contact: 0116 2759559
3 Troop, C (Kent and Sharpshooters Yeomanry) Squadron - Windsor
Address: Combermere Barracks, St Leonards Road, Windsor SL4 3DN Email: [email protected] Contact: 020 7384 4238
C&S (Westminster Dragoons) Squadron
Command & Support (Westminster Dragoons) Squadron, Fulham House, London SW6 3JS. Email: [email protected] Contact: 020 7384 4238
Cardiff Troop, D Squadron
Address: Llandaff ARC Gabalfa Avenue Cardiff CF14 2HX Email: [email protected]gov.uk
Life in the Royal Yeomanry
List of equipment used
Please feel free to contact us. We are keen to hear from individuals who have the skills to work with us.
Where we are
The Royal Yeomanry’s regimental headquarters is based in Leicester. It has squadrons in Fulham, Croydon, Windsor, Leicester, Nottingham, Telford, Dudley and Cardiff