The 5 Pillars form the Regimental family. Each has a vital part to play in evolving and sustaining a successful regiment.
The Rifles is a modern Regiment and it is the largest Infantry regiment within the British Army, providing unrivalled opportunities within 3-hours travelling time from practically anywhere within the United Kingdom. 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th Battalions of the Regiment are based in Northern Ireland, Edinburgh, Gloucester, Aldershot and Paderborn, Germany (relocating to Bulford in 2016).
6th and 7th Battalions The Rifles have their Battalion Headquarters in Reading and Exeter. They are comprised of part-time soldiers from a wide variety of backgrounds. Their principle mission is to train and prepare Riflemen to support the Regular Army on front line operations. To do this they are twinned with Regular Rifles battalions.
The Army Cadet Force seeks to promote a sense of understanding about roles and responsibilities of the Armed Forces. Cadets are aged 12-18 years of age and follow a military and non-military based training programme including skill-at-arms, maps and compass skills, fieldcraft, community projects, first aid, adventurous training and shooting. With over one third of the Army Cadet Force capbadged RIFLES they form a vital link with our communities.
The Rifles and forming Regiments’ Associations exist to maintain contact and support for their members. To ensure this continues events, reunions, dinners and various activities are organized every year by Association members. Associations provide a great deal of social and practical support to members and their families in a spirit of comradeship and belonging.
Our communities include serving and ex serving Riflemen, members and non-members of the Rifles’ antecedent Regimental Associations, their spouses, partners, and wider families including our bereaved. They also include the general public in regards to reaching out to future recruits. Events and activities carried out by the Regiment including our Regimental museums all seek to involve the wider public.
To learn more about the 5 pillars of The Regiment hover over the base of each column.