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Armed Forces - a5a02 - British Army - The Infantry - Regimental Listings - 2020 Role establishment and location of Regiments - The Guards Division - The Scottish Division - The Queen's Division - The Prince of Wales's Division - The Brigade of Gurkhas - The Parachute Regiment - The Royal Irish Regiment -

THE INFANTRY

REGIMENTAL LISTINGS - 2020 ROLE - ESTABLISHMENT AND LOCATION

UK INFANTRY BATTALIONS (From 2015)

Regiment Army 2020 Role Army 2020 Est (1) Army 2020 Location
1st Bn Grenadier Guards Light Role Infantry 501 Aldershot
1st Bn Coldstream Guards Public Duties 501 Windsor
1st Bn Scots Guards Heavy Protected Mobility 605 Aldershot
1st Bn Irish Guards Public Duties 501 Hounslow
1st Bn Welsh Guards Light Protected Mobility 505 Pirbright
1st Bn Royal Regiment of Scotland Light Role Infantry 501 Belfast
2nd Bn Royal Regiment of Scotland Light Role Infantry 501 Edinburgh
3rd Bn Royal Regiment of Scotland Light Protected Mobility 505 Fort George
4th Bn Royal Regiment of Scotland Heavy Protected Mobility 605 Catterick
5th Bn Royal Regiment of Scotland Public Duties 110 Edinburgh
1st Bn The Princess of Walesís Royal Regiment Armoured Infantry 612 Bulford
2nd Bn The Princess of Walesís Royal Regiment Light Role Infantry 612 Cyprus
1st Bn The Duke of Lancasterís Regiment Light Role Infantry 505 Cyprus
2nd Bn The Duke of Lancasterís Regiment Light Role Infantry 501 Weeton
1st Bn The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers Armoured Infantry 612 Tidworth
1st Bn The Yorkshire Regiment Armoured Infantry 612 Tidworth
2nd Bn The Yorkshire Regiment Light Protected Mobility 501 Catterick
1st Bn The Royal Welsh Armoured Infantry 612 Tidworth
1st Bn The Mercian Regiment Armoured Infantry 612 Bulford
2nd Bn The Mercian Regiment Light Role Infantry 501 Chester
1st Bn The Royal Irish Regiment Light Protected Mobility 505 Tern Hill
1st Bn The Royal Anglian Regiment Light Role Infantry 501 Woolwich
2nd Bn The Royal Anglian Regiment Light Protected Mobility 505 Cottesmore
2nd Bn The Parachute Regiment Parachute 593 Colchester
3rd Bn The Parachute Regiment (2) Parachute 593 Colchester
1st Bn The Royal Gurkha Rifles Light Role Infantry 563 Shorncliffe
2nd Bn The Royal Gurkha Rifles Light Role Infantry 499 Brunei
1st Bn The Rifles Light Role Infantry 501 Chepstow
2nd Bn The Rifles Light Role Infantry 501 Ballykinler
3rd Bn The Rifles Light Protected Mobility 505 Edinburgh
4th Bn The Rifles Heavy Protected Mobility 605 Aldershot
5th Bn The Rifles Armoured Infantry 612 Tidworth

(1) The Army 2020 establishment figure reflects only those officers and soldiers from that unit's specific battalion. This figure does not include attached personnel from other arms.

(2) As a part of the Parachute Regiment, 1st Battalion, Parachute Regiment does not appear in the above listing because the battalion provides the core element of the Special Forces Support Regiment (see Joint Forces Chapter).

PROVISIONAL INFANTRY BATTALION STRENGTHS (Army 2020)

Battalion Role Unit Strength
Armoured Infantry 729
Heavy Protected Mobility Infantry 709
Light Protected Mobility Infantry 581
Light Role Infantry 561
Royal Gurkha Rifles 567
Parachute Regiment 660

The above table shows battalion strengths that include attached personnel from other arms such as the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, Royal Army Medical Corps, Adjutant Generalís Corps (Staff and Personnel Support) etc. The REME LAD for an armoured infantry battalion could number 80 personnel.

INFANTRY BATTALIONS (LISTED BY ROLE)
Armoured Infantry (6) Army 2020 Role Army 2020 Personnel Army 2020 Location
1st Bn The Princess of Walesís Royal Regiment Armoured Infantry 729 Bulford
1st Bn The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers Armoured Infantry 729 Tidworth
1st Bn The Yorkshire Regiment Armoured Infantry 729 Tidworth
1st Bn The Royal Welsh Armoured Infantry 729 Tidworth
1st Bn The Mercian Regiment Armoured Infantry 729 Bulford
5th Bn The Rifles Armoured Infantry 729 Tidworth
NB: This table includes personnel attached from other arms.

Heavy Protected Mobility (3) Army 2020 Role Army 2020 Personnel Army 2020 Location
1st Bn Scots Guards Heavy Protected Mobility 709 Aldershot
4th Bn Royal Regiment of Scotland Heavy Protected Mobility 709 Catterick
4th Bn The Rifles Heavy Protected Mobility 709 Aldershot
NB: This table includes personnel attached from other arms.

Light Protected Mobility (6) Army 2020 Role Army 2020 Personnel Army 2020 Location
1st Bn Welsh Guards Light Protected Mobility 581 Pirbright
3rd Bn Royal Regiment of Scotland Light Protected Mobility 581 Fort George
2nd Bn The Yorkshire Regiment Light Protected Mobility 581 Catterick
1st Bn The Royal Irish Regiment Light Protected Mobility 581 Tern Hill
2nd Bn The Royal Anglian Regiment Light Protected Mobility 581 Cottesmore
3rd Bn The Rifles Light Protected Mobility 581 Edinburgh
NB: This table includes personnel attached from other arms.

Infantry- Light Role (12) Army 2020 Role Army 2020 Personnel Army 2020 Location
1st Bn Grenadier Guards Light Role Infantry 561 Aldershot
1st Bn Royal Regiment of Scotland Light Role Infantry 561 Belfast
2nd Bn Royal Regiment of Scotland Light Role Infantry 561 Edinburgh
1st Bn The Duke of Lancasterís Regiment Light Role Infantry 561 Cyprus
2nd Bn The Duke of Lancasterís Regiment Light Role Infantry 561 Weeton
2nd Bn The Mercian Regiment Light Role Infantry 561 Chester
1st Bn The Royal Anglian Regiment Light Role Infantry 561 Woolwich
1st Bn The Royal Gurkha Rifles Light Role Infantry 567 Shorncliffe
2nd Bn The Royal Gurkha Rifles Light Role Infantry 567 Brunei
1st Bn The Rifles Light Role Infantry 561 Chepstow
2nd Bn The Rifles Light Role Infantry 561 Ballykinler
NB: This table includes personnel attached from other arms.

Infantry - Other Roles (5) Army 2020 Role Army 2020 Personnel Army 2020 Location
1st Bn Coldstream Guards Public Duties 594 Windsor
1st Bn Irish Guards Public Duties 594 Hounslow
5th Bn Royal Regiment of Scotland Public Duties 110 Edinburgh
2nd Bn The Parachute Regiment Parachute 660 Colchester
3rd Bn The Parachute Regiment (2) Parachute 660 Colchester
NB: This table includes personnel attached from other arms.

In addition to the above there are 3 x Guards Division Public Duties Companies who supplement the Guards Battalions on public duties in London:

Company Establishment
Nijmegen Coy Grenadier Guards 106
7 Coy Coldstream Guards 106
F Coy Scots Guards 106

INFANTRY BATTALION ROTATION

Brunei: 1 RGR and 2 RGR will continue to rotate through Brunei with battalion changes happening at roughly 30-36 month intervals.
Cyprus: Battalions will be drawn from across the Adaptable Force to fulfil the standing commitments in Cyprus.
State Ceremonial and Public Duties: Continues to be provided by two of the five Foot Guards battalions and the incremental companies in London and Scotland.

INFANTRY ARMY RESERVES BATTALIONS
There are 14 x Army Reserve Battalions and all of them are affiliated to Regular Battalions. We believe that the eventual aim is for all of these battalions to have a personnel strength of around 500 by 2020 and there are longer term plans for whole sub-unit deployments on some low intensity missions. In the short term it would appear that the emphasis is on deploying platoons that are properly trained and equipped alongside their regular counterparts.

Battalion HQ Location Administrative Division
6th Battalion Royal Regiment of Scotland (R) Glasgow Scottish
7th Battalion Royal Regiment of Scotland (R) Perth Scottish
3rd Battalion Princess of Wales Royal Regiment (R) Canterbury Queens
5th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers (R) Newcastle Queens
3rd Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment (R) Bury St Edmunds Queens
4th Battalion The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment (R) Preston Kings
4th Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment (R)† York Kings
4th Battalion the Mercian Regiment (R)† Wolverhampton Prince of Wales
3rd Battalion the Royal Welsh (R) Cardiff Prince of Wales
2nd Battalion the Royal Irish Regiment (R)† Lisbon Prince of Wales
4th Battalion the Parachute Regiment (R)† Pudsey Parachute Regiment
The London Regiment (R)† Westminster Guards
6th Bn The Rifles (R)† Exeter Rifles
7th Bn The Rifles (R) Reading Rifles

INFANTRY STRENGTH

During early 2016 the total infantry personnel figure will probably be in the region of 24,000 (our estimate). In general, about 90 per cent of infantry personnel are classified as deployable or ĎFit for Taskí at any one time.

During an average year we would expect to see about 2,400 recruits joining the infantry. About 400 recruits would join the Guards Division, 1,800 joining the Line Regiments and about 200 joining the Parachute Regiment. In addition we would expect to see about 200 infantry officers leaving Sandhurst following commissioning.

Operational units

It would be unusual for the Infantry to fight as battalion units especially in armoured or mechanised formations. If the task is appropriate, the HQ of an infantry battalion will become the HQ of a 'battle group', and be provided with armour, artillery, engineers and possibly aviation to enable it to become a balanced Battle Group. Similarly Infantry Companies can be detached to HQs of Armoured Regiments to make up Armoured Battle Groups.

In the pages that follow, the groupings are based on Unit Establishment figures for peace support operations. For Warfighting (High Intensity) a pairing mechanism operates which provides augmentation which allows a unit to meet its role. For example, an Armoured Infantry Regiment will receive additional Manoeuvre Support assets and another Rifle Company to reach its Warfighting Establishment (WFE) of 4 x Companies, 9 x Mortars and 18 x Medium Range Anti-Tank Guided Weapons (ATGW).

It should be noted that the organisations listed next are under a state of change as the demand of the Army 2020 structure become more apparent. This is especially true of the organisations for the manoeuvre support companies.

Types of Infantry Battalions
Armoured Infantry Battalion - Equipped with Warrior AFV.
Heavy Protected Mobility Battalion - Equipped with Mastiff APC.
Light Protected Mobility Battalion - Equipped for General Service with Foxhound PPV.
Light Role Battalion - Equipped for General Service.
Infantry Battalion Air Assault - Equipped for Air Assault Operations.