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Command Structure

Command Structure

The command structure is hierarchical with divisions and brigades responsible for administering groupings of smaller units. Major Units are regiment or battalion-sized with minor units being smaller, either company sized sub-units or platoons.

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Chief of the General Staff

General Sir Mark Carleton-Smith KCB CBE ADC GEN

The Chief of the General Staff is the head of the British Army. The post is immediately subordinate to The Chief of Defence Staff, the head of the British Armed Services.

Deputy Chief of the General Staff, Maj Gen CL Tickell

Deputy Chief of the General Staff

Lieutenant General Chris Tickell CBE

Responsible for representing the Army Top Level Budget (TLB) within Head Office and outwards to relevant TLBs and dependencies, provides oversight of the Army Operating Model and provides overall personnel policy direction as the Principal Personnel Officer.

Army Headquarters

The most senior headquarters in the British Army, led by a 4* General, the Chief of the General Staff

Field Army

1st (UK) Division

Headquarters 1st (UK) Division heads up the British Army’s Light Role Adaptable Force, optimised for the challenges of today, both at home and abroad. With approximately 14,000 Regular and 11,000 Army Reserve soldiers, the Division is configured to deliver ‘light role excellence’.  

1st (United Kingdom) Division

Field Army

3rd (UK) Division

3rd (United Kingdom) Division, based at the heart of the British Army on Salisbury Plain, is the only division at continual operational readiness in the UK. 'The Iron Division' is made up of 1st Armoured Infantry Brigade (Tidworth), 12th Armoured Infantry Brigade (Bulford Camp), 20th Armoured Infantry Brigade (Paderborn, Germany) and 101st Logistic Brigade (Aldershot).

3rd (United Kingdom) Division

Field Army

6th (UK) Division

6th (United Kingdom) Division prepares and generates the Army’s Information Manoeuvre and Unconventional Warfare forces for both constant competition and warfighting, as well as routinely conducting operations below the threshold of armed conflict in the virtual and physical dimensions.

6th (United Kingdom) Division

Field Army

Land Warfare Centre

A Two-Star command in the Field Army. Responsible for driving adaptation in order to deliver success on operations.

Field Army

16 Air Assault Brigade

16 Air Assault Brigade are specially trained and equipped to deploy by parachute, helicopter and air-landing. Its core role is to maintain the Air Assault Task Force, a battlegroup held at high readiness to deploy worldwide for a full spectrum of missions, from non-combatant evacuation ops to war fighting.

16 Air Assault Brigade

Home Command

Army Personnel Centre

The Army Personnel Centre Helpdesk (0345 600 9663) provides assistance to Army units, outside agencies and the general public who are inquiring about the disclosure of information held on officers and soldiers.

Army Personnel Centre

Home Command

Army Personnel Services Group

Deliver and assure specified non-financial conditions of service for the Army; advise, educate and audit the Army's approach to discipline, unit financial accounting and personal administration. Manage, administer and assure Service Complains and deliver and assure Army Individual Development - all in order to deliver the Army's personnel support.

Home Command

HQ Army Recruiting and Initial Training Command

Responsible for all recruiting and training prior to becoming a fully qualified soldier or officer.

The headquarters is commanded by a Brigadier, supported by a number of military and civilian staff.

Home Command

London District Command

HQ London District is the main headquarters for all British Army units within the M25 corridor of London. It is responsible for all Regular units, Army Reserve units and cadet attachment (ACF and CCF). It also provides for London's ceremonial events as well as supporting operational deployments overseas.

Headquarters London District

Home Command

Regional Command

The Army’s 2* HQ enabling the delivery of a secure home front that sustains the Army, enables training for and deployment on operations, its personnel, their dependants in the UK, Nepal and Brunei and ensures the support of the public.

Regional Command

Home Command

Standing Joint Command

The purpose of HQ SJC(UK), based in Aldershot, is to coordinate defence’s contribution to UK resilience operations in support of other government departments.

HQ Standing Joint Command

Home Command

The Directorate of Children and Young People

The Directorate of Children and Young People (DCYP) was established in 2010 to provide a single Ministry of Defence (MOD) focus for all issues related to service children and young people.

Service children are the children of serving service personnel but they also have a responsibility for the children of Ministry of Defence UK based civilians and sponsored organisations serving outside of the UK.

Directorate of Children and Young People

Home Command

Defence Fire Risk

We provide fire safety and fire fighting capability during peace and conflict to protect MOD personnel and assets.

The Defence Fire Risk Management Organisation (DFRMO) was formed in 2006, to make a single, integrated, regionally based fire risk management organisation.

Defence Fire and Rescue HQ

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