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.
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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 reconnaissance regiment, their role requires stealth, fitness, self-reliance and serious motivation.
The Royal Yeomanry has soldiers serving alongside their Regular Army colleagues across the world.
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.
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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.
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
Y Squadron is mobilised for Operation Telic in Iraq
The regiment mobilises around 400 soldiers to serve in Iraq and Afghanistan
The regiment is converted to a light cavalry role
The regiment is presented with a new guidon in the gardens of Buckingham Palace
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