The Rifles is the largest Infantry Regiment in the British Army

At its heart the Regiment offers its Riflemen at every rank unparalleled opportunities to realise their inherent potential through postings, tasks, education and training. We are committed to identifying, applying and developing the intellect in our people.

Field Marshall His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh KG KT OM GBE AC QSO PC

Field Marshal His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh KG KT OM GBE AC QSO PC

On 1 Feb 2007, as a result of the Future Army Structure programme, The Rifles were formed.

The 5 Pillars of the Regiment is the basic structure on which the Regimental family is based and includes:

  • Regulars – 5 Battalions
  • Reserves – 2 Battalions, an independent Company and 2 Bands
  • Cadets – in excess pf 240 RIFLES capbadged Detachments and 49 Combined Cadet Forces
  • Associations (forming and antecedent Regiments) – Veterans, Sports Club and Officers’ Clubs
  • Communities/families – 65 Freedoms, 47 Afiliations

Click on the side bars to learn more about the how each of the 5 Pillars support each another.


Featured Rifleman


We will regularly focus on a different Rifleman on this feature page.

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Exercise Rattlesnake


200 soldiers from 3 RIFLES headed to the United States to join American troops on a major training exercise in Louisiana.

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1 RIFLES Nordic Skiing


1 RIFLES Is Recognised As One of the Best Infantry Battalions for Nordic Skiing

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Riflemen Undertake Public Order Training


Around 150 Riflemen from A and B Company 4 Rifles carried out a week long training exercise focusing on public order in the area of Longmoor.

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3 RIFLES US Army Expeditionary Warrior Experiment (AEWE)

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2 Rifles Welfare ‘Freaky Thursday’


 The wives of 2 RIFLES pondered on what their partners got up to during a routine day in Lisburn, hence ‘Freaky Thursday’ was born.

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