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Armed Forces - a1a1 - British Army - Army Major Units - The Guards Division, 1st Bn Grenadier Guards, 1st Bn Coldstream Guards, 1st Bn Scots Guards, 1st Bn Irish Guards, 1st Bn Welsh Guards, The Household Cavalry, The Household Cavalry Regiment , The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment, The Royal Armoured Corps, 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards, The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards , The Royal Dragoon Guards , The Queen's Royal Hussars , 9th/12th Royal Lancers , The King's Royal Hussars , The Light Dragoons , The Queen's Royal Lancers, 1st Royal Tank Regiment, 2nd Royal Tank Regiment, The Royal Scots Borderers, 1st Bn The Royal Regiment of Scotland, The Royal Highland Fusiliers, 2nd Bn The Royal Regiment of Scotland, The Black Watch, 3rd Bn The Royal Regiment of Scotland, The Highlanders, 4th Bn The Royal Regiment of Scotland, The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, 5th Bn The Royal Regiment of Scotland, 52nd Lowland, 6th Bn The Royal Regiment of Scotland, 51st Highland, 7th Bn The Royal Regiment of Scotland

STATISTICS

BRITISH ARMY MAJOR UNITS

LIST OF UNITS OF THE REGULAR ARMY (during 2015)

THE CAVALRY

The Cavalry consists of 9 Armoured Regiments and one Mounted Ceremonial Regiment.

The Household Cavalry
The Household Cavalry Regiment HCR
The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment HCMRD
The Royal Armoured Corps
1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards QDG
The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards SCOTS DG
The Royal Dragoon Guards RDG
The Queen's Royal Hussars QRH
The Royal Lancers RL
The King's Royal Hussars KRH
The Light Dragoons LD
1st Royal Tank Regiment 1 RTR
UK INFANTRY BATTALIONS 2015  - 31 Battalions
THE GUARDS DIVISION
1st Bn Grenadier Guards 1 GREN GDS
1st Bn Coldstream Guards 1 COLDM GDS
1st Bn Scots Guards 1 SG
1st Bn Irish Guards 1 IG
1st Bn Welsh Guards 1 WG

There are generally two battalions from the Guards Division on public duties in London at any one time. When a Regiment is stationed in London on public duties it is given an extra company to ensure the additional manpower required for ceremonial events is available.

THE SCOTTISH DIVISION
The Royal Scots Borderers, 1st Bn The Royal Regiment of Scotland 1 SCOTS
The Royal Highland Fusiliers, 2nd Bn The Royal Regiment of Scotland 2 SCOTS
The Black Watch, 3rd Bn The Royal Regiment of Scotland 3 SCOTS
The Highlanders, 4th Bn The Royal Regiment of Scotland 4 SCOTS
The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, 5th Bn The Royal Regiment of Scotland
5 SCOTS
Note: The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, 5th Bn The Royal Regiment of Scotland is a company-sized unit that undertakes ceremonial duties in Scotland.

THE QUEEN'S DIVISION
1st Bn The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment (Queen’s and Royal Hampshires) 1 PWRR
2nd Bn The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment (Queen’s and Royal Hampshires) 2 PWRR
1st Bn The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers 1 RRF
1st Bn The Royal Anglian Regiment 1 R ANGLIAN
2nd Bn The Royal Anglian Regiment 2 R ANGLIAN
The KING'S DIVISION
1st Bn The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment (King’s, Lancashire and Border) 1 LANCS
2nd Bn The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment (King’s, Lancashire and Border) 2 LANCS
1st Bn The Yorkshire Regiment (14th/15th, 19th and 33rd/76th Foot) 1 YORKS
2nd Bn The Yorkshire Regiment (14th/15th, 19th and 33rd/76th Foot) 2 YORKS
 
THE PRINCE OF WALES'S DIVISION
1st Bn The Mercian Regiment (Cheshire) 1 MERCIAN
2nd Bn The Mercian Regiment (Worcesters and Foresters) 2 MERCIAN
1st Bn The Royal Welsh 1 R WELSH
1st Bn The Royal Irish Regiment 1 R IRISH
THE RIFLES
1st Bn The Rifles 1 RIFLES
2nd Bn The Rifles 2 RIFLES
3rd Bn The Rifles 3 RIFLES
4th Bn The Rifles 4 RIFLES
5th Bn The Rifles 5 RIFLES
 
THE BRIGADE OF GURKHAS
1st Bn The Royal Gurkha Rifles 1 RGR
2nd Bn The Royal Gurkha Rifles 2 RGR
 
THE PARACHUTE REGIMENT
1st Bn The Parachute Regiment 1 PARA
2nd Bn The Parachute Regiment 2 PARA
3rd Bn The Parachute Regiment 3 PARA

Note: 1st Bn The Parachute Regiment forms the core element of the Special Forces Support Group and is not generally included in the infantry order of battle.

Since 2002 there have been four infantry training battalions at the Infantry Training Centre located at Catterick in North Yorkshire.

Under Director Special Forces
The 22nd Special Air Service Regiment 22 SAS
Special Reconnaissance Regiment SRR

Although the SAS cannot be classed as a traditional infantry unit, for brevity, the SAS are listed here. Members of the regiment are found from all arms and services in the Army after exhaustive selection tests.

THE ROYAL REGIMENT OF ARTILLERY (RA)
1st Regiment Royal Horse Artillery 1 RHA
3rd Regiment Royal Horse Artillery 3 RHA
4th Regiment Royal Horse Artillery 4 RHA

5th Regiment

5 REGT
7th (Parachute) Regiment Royal Horse Artillery 7 RHA
12th Regiment 12 REGT
14th Regiment 14 REGT
16th Regiment 16 REGT
19th Regiment 19 REGT
26th Regiment 26 REGT
29th Commando Regiment 29 REGT
32nd Regiment 32 REGT
47th Regiment 47 REGT
   
Note: The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery is a ceremonial Unit  
THE CORPS OF ROYAL ENGINEERS (RE)

21st Engineer Regiment

21 ENGR REGT
22nd Engineer Regiment 22 ENGR REGT
23rd Engineer Regiment 23 ENGR REGT
24th Commando Regiment 24 CDO REGT
25th Engineer Regiment 25 ENGR REGT
26th Engineer Regiment 26 ENGR REGT
32nd Engineer Regiment 32 ENGR REGT
33rd Engineer Regiment (EOD) 33 ENGR REGT
35th Engineer Regiment 35 ENGR REGT
36th Engineer Regiment 36 ENGR REGT

38th Engineer Regiment

38 ENGR REGT
39th Engineer Regiment 39 ENGR REGT
42nd Engineer Regiment 42 ENGR REGT

THE ROYAL CORPS OF SIGNALS (R SIGNALS)

1st (UK) Armd Div HQ and Signal Regiment 1 SIG REGT
2nd Signal Regiment 2 SIG REGT
3rd (UK) Div HQ & Signal Regiment 3 SIG REGT
10th Signal Regiment 10 SIG REGT
14th Signal Regiment (Electronic Warfare) 14 SIG REGT
15th Signal Regiment (Information Systems) 15 SIG REGT
16th Signal Regiment 16 SIG REGT
18th (UKSF) Signal Regiment 18 SIG REGT
21st Signal Regiment (Air Support) 21 SIG REGT
22nd Signal Regiment 22 SIG REGT

30th Signal Regiment

30 SIG REGT

THE ARMY AIR CORPS (AAC)

1st Regiment 1 REGT AAC
3rd Regiment 3 REGT AAC

4th Regiment

4 REGT AAC
5th Regiment 5 REGT AAC
THE SERVICES

THE ROYAL LOGISTIC CORPS (RLC)

1st Close Support Regiment 1 REGT RLC

3rd Close Support Regiment

3 REGT RLC
4th Close Support Regiment 4 LOG REGT
6th Force Logistic Regiment 6 REGT RLC
7th Force Logistic Regiment 7 REGT RLC

9th Theatre Logistic Regiment

9 REGT RLC

10th Queen's Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment

10 REGT RLC
11th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Regiment 11 REGT RLC
13th Air Assault Regiment 13 REGT RLC
17th Port and Maritime Regiment 17 REGT RLC
27th Theatre Logistic Regiment 27 REGT RLC
29th Postal, Courier & Movements Regiment 29 REGT RLC
 
ROYAL ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL ENGINEERS (REME)
1st Close Support Battalion REME 1 BN REME
2nd Close Support Battalion REME 2 BN REME
3rd Armoured Close Support Battalion REME 3 BN REME
4th Armoured Close Support Battalion REME 4 BN REME
5th Force Support Battalion REME 5 BN REME
7th (Air Assault) Battalion REME 7 BN REME
ROYAL ARMY MEDICAL CORPS (RAMC)
1st Armoured Medical Regiment 1 MED Regt
2nd Medical Regiment 2 MED Regt
3rd Medical Regiment 3 MED Regt
4th Armoured Medical Regiment 4 MED Regt
5th Armoured Medical Regiment 5 MED Regt
16th Close Support Medical Regiment 16 MED Regt
22nd Field Hospital 22 FD HOSP
33rd Field Hospital 33 FD HOSP
34th Field Hospital 34 FD HOSP
   
INTELLIGENCE CORPS (I CORPS)  
1st Military Intelligence Battalion 1 MI BN
2nd Military Intelligence Battalion 2 MI BN
4th Military Intelligence Battalion 4 MI BN
   
ROYAL MILITARY POLICE (RMP)  
1st Regiment Royal Military Police 1 RMP
3rd Regiment Royal Military Police 3 RMP
4th Regiment Royal Military Police 4 RMP
Special Investigation Branch Regiment SIB
Special Operations Unit SOU
Military Provost Staff Unit MPSC
MILITARY BANDS
Following the latest re organisation of military bands in late 2007 the Regular Army has 24 bands as follows:
Household Cavalry 70 musicians 2 bands
Grenadier Guards 49 musicians 1 band
Coldstream Guards 49 musicians 1 band
Scots Guards 49 musicians 1 band
Welsh Guards 49 musicians 1 band
Irish Guards 49 musicians 1 band
Royal Artillery 49 musicians 1 band
Royal Engineers 35 musicians 1 band
Royal Signals 35 musicians 1 band
Royal Logistic Corps 35 musicians 1 band
REME 35 musicians 1 band
Adjutant General's Corps 35 musicians 1 band
Army Air Corps 35 musicians 1 band
Royal Armoured Corps 70 musicians 2 bands
Royal Regiment of Scotland 35 musicians 1 bands
Queens Division 35 musicians 1 bands
Kings Division 35 musicians 1 bands
Prince of Wales's Division 35 musicians 1 bands
The Rifles 35 musicians 1 band
Parachute Regiment 35 musicians 1 band
Royal Irish Regiment 35 musicians 1 band
Royal Gurkha Rifles 35 musicians 1 band
During 2015 the Corps of Army Music had 799 personnel and required an annual intake of 66 recruits.