structure of the british army

The cur­rent plan for the struc­ture of the British army out to 2025 is based upon "Army 2025 Refine". Personnel are attached to a parent unit, one of five field regiments or the defence medical services. The British Government gave an indication of its proposals for the future structure of the Army in early 2008, in a press report stating that it was considering restructuring the Army into a force of three deployable divisional headquarters and eight 'homogenous or identical' brigades, each with a spread of heavy, medium and light capabilities. Command Structure Chief of the General Staff The Chief of the General Staff is the head of the British Army. 7 Company, Coldstream Guards (ex 2nd Bn, Coldstream Guards), F Company, Scots Guards (ex 2nd Bn, Scots Guards), Balaklava Company, Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, The Royal Regiment of Scotland (ex 5th Bn, The Royal Regiment of Scotland), 250 Gurkha Signal Squadron under 30 Signal Regiment supporting HQ and SLE, 2nd Regiment, Army Air Corps – Training Regiment, 3 Royal School of Military Engineering Regiment, 63 Training Support Squadron Royal Engineers, 1 Royal School of Military Engineering Regiment, United Kingdom Mine Information and Training Centre, Defence Explosive Munitions and Search School, 28 Training Squadron, Army Training Regiment, 33rd Explosive Ordnance Disposal Engineer Regiment, 3rd Divisional Signal Regiment - Supporting HQ, 30th Signal Regiment (JHQ Support), part of, 299 Special Communications Signal Squadron (Supporting ARRC and Government), under, 628 (NATO) Signal Troop (Supporting 1 NATO Signal Battalion), 660 (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) Signal Troop, Headquarters, Joint Service Signals Organisation, Joint Service Signal Unit, supporting SSU (D) and JSSU (D), Saudi Arabian National Guard Communications Support Unit, Defence School of Communications Information Systems, London District Signals Unit (Supporting London District), Joint Communications Unit, Falklands Island, 1 Military Intelligence Battalion (Supporting 16 Air Assault, and 3 Commando Brigades, and JFHQ), 2 Exploitation Military Intelligence Battalion, 4 Military Intelligence Battalion (Supporting, Weapons Material and Personnel Exploitation Capicity, 10 (The Queen's Own Gurkha) Logistic Regiment, The Allied Rapid Reaction Corps Gurkha Support Battalion, British Army Training Support Unit, Belize, 1st Battalion, REME – 4 Mechanised Brigade, 3rd Battalion, REME – 20 Armoured Brigade, 4th Battalion, REME – 12 Mechanised Brigade, 6th Battalion, REME – 1 Mechanised Brigade, 7 Air Assault (Air Asslt) Battalion, REME – 16 Air Assault Brigade, 3 Medical Regiment – 3rd Infantry Division, 4 Medical Regiment – 101 Logistic Brigade, 5 Medical Regiment – 102 Logistic Brigade, 16 Medical Regiment – 16 Air Assault Brigade, Infantry soldiers undergo a 26-week course at the, 81 Signal Squadron (under regular 10th Signal Regiment), 899 (Royal Buckinghamshire Yeomanry) Signal Troop (under regular 299 (Special Communications) Signal Squadron, 4th (Volunteer) Battalion, The Mercian Regiment (Armoured Infantry), 3rd (Volunteer) Battalion, The Royal Welsh (Armoured Infantry), 2nd (Volunteer) Battalion, The Royal Irish Regiment (Light Infantry), 6th (Volunteer) Battalion, The Rifles (Light Infantry), 7th (Volunteer) Battalion, The Rifles (Armoured Infantry), 65 (Volunteer) Works Group (Specialist infrastructure for the MOD), 508 (Works) Specialist Team (under regular 62 Works Group), 510 (Air Infrastructure) Specialist Team (under regular, 525 (Works) Specialist Team (under regular 63 Works Group), 530 (Material) Specialist Team (under regular 66 (Air Support) Works Group), 534 (Airfields) Specialist Team (under regular, Jersey Militia Field Engineer Squadron (Group engineering support), 299 (Parachute) Field Squadron (Parachute engineers, under regular 23rd (Parachute) Engineer Regiment), Balaklava Company, 5th Battalion, the Royal Regiment of Scotland (, Royal Wessex Yeomanry, Bovington (Army Reserve) (MBT Crew Replacement for any of the three Type 56 Regiments below), 1 Regiment Army Air Corps, Yeovilton (works with Reaction Force, part of the aviation reconnaissance force, commanded by the Joint Helicopter Force, 1st Battalion The Mercian Regiment, Bulford, 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, Tidworth, 1st Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment, Warminster, The Queen's Royal Hussars (Queen's Own and Royal Irish), Tidworth, 1st Battalion The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment, Bulford, 4th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, Catterick, 3 Close Support Logistic Regiment The Royal Logistic Corps, Aldershot (supports 1st Armoured Infantry Brigade), 4 Close Support Logistic Regiment The Royal Logistic Corps, Abingdon (supports 12th Armoured Infantry Brigade), 1 Close Support Logistic Regiment The Royal Logistic Corps, Bicester (supports 20th Armoured Infantry Brigade), 10 The Queen's Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment, Aldershot (supports 1st Armoured Infantry Brigade), 151 Transport Regiment The Royal Logistic Corps, Croydon(Army Reserve)(paired with 10 The Queen's Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment), 27 Theatre Logistic Regiment The Royal Logistic Corps, Abingdon (supports 12th Armoured Infantry Brigade), 154 (Scottish) Transport Regiment The Royal Logistic Corps, Dunfermline(Army Reserve) (paired with 27 Theatre Logistic Regiment), 9 Theatre Logistic Regiment The Royal Logistic Corps, Hullavington (supports 20th Armoured Infantry Brigade), 157 (Welsh) Transport Regiment The Royal Logistic Corps, Lancaster(Army Reserve) (paired with 29 Theatre Logistic Regiment), 156 Supply Regiment The Royal Logistic Corps, Liverpool(Army Reserve), 1 Armoured Medical Regiment, Tidworth (supports 1st Armoured Infantry Brigade), 4 Armoured Medical Regiment, Aldershot (supports 12th Armoured Infantry Brigade), 5 Armoured Medical Regiment, Tidworth (supports 20th Armoured Infantry Brigade), 225 (Scottish) Medical Regiment, Dundee (Army Reserve) (under 102 Logistic Brigade, paired with 101 Armoured Medical Regiment), 253 (North Irish) Medical Regiment, Sunderland (Army Reserve) (under 102 Logistic Brigade, paired with 101 Armoured Medical Regiment), 254 (East of England) Medical Regiment, Cambridge (Army Reserve) (under 10 Logistics Brigade, paired with 101 Armoured Medical Regiment), 6 Armoured Close Support Battalion Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, Tidworth(supports 1st Armoured Infantry Brigade), 101 Battalion Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, Wrexham (Army Reserve) (under 102 Logistics Brigade, but paired the 6 REME in 101 Logistic Brigade), 4 Armoured Close Support Battalion Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, Tidworth (supports 12th Armoured Infantry Brigade), 103 Battalion Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, Crawley (Army Reserve)(paired with 4 REME), 3 Armoured Close Support Battalion Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, Tidworth (supports 20th Armoured Infantry Brigade), 105 Battalion Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, Bristol (Army Reserve) (paired with 3 REME), 5 Force Support Battalion Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, Cottesmore, 104 Battalion Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, Northampton (Army Reserve)(under 102 Logistics Brigade, but paired with 5 Force Support REME), 216 (Air Assault) Signal Squadron, Colchester, 2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment,Colchester, 3rd Battalion The Parachute Regiment, Colchester, 4th Battalion The Parachute Regiment, Pudsey (Army Reserve), 7th Parachute Regiment Royal Horse Artillery, Colchester, 23 Engineer Regiment (Air Assault), Woodbridge, 7 Air Assault Battalion Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, Wattisham, 13 Air Assault Support Regiment The Royal Logistic Corps, Colchester, 16 Medical Regiment, Colchester (includes 144 Parachute Medical Squadron (Volunteers), Hornsey, Glasgow, Cardiff and Nottingham (Army Reserve), 156 Provost Company Royal Military Police, Colchester, The Queen's Own Yeomanry, Newcastle (Army Reserve) (paired with the Light Dragoons), 2nd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment (rotates to British Forces Cyprus), 4th Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment, York (Army Reserve) (paired with 2 YORKS), 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards, Swanton Morley, The Royal Yeomanry, London/Fulham and Croydon (Army Reserve)(paired with 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards), 2nd Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment, Cottesmore, 3rd Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment, Bury St Edmunds (Army Reserve)(paired with 2 R ANGLIAN), 1st Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles, Brunei/Shorncliffe (rotates with 2RGR to Brunei), 3rd Battalion The Royal Welsh, Cardiff (Army Reserve)(paired with 1 R WELSH), 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards, Aldershot, The London Regiment, Westminster (Army Reserve) (paired with 1st Battalion, The Grenadier Guards), 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, Belfast, 7th Battalion The Rifles, Reading (Army Reserve) (paired with 2nd Rifles), 2nd Battalion The Mercian Regiment, Chester, 4th Battalion The Mercian Regiment, Wolverhampton (Army Reserve)(paired with 2nd MERCIA), 2nd Battalion The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment, Weeton (rotates to British Forces Cyprus), 4th Battalion The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment, Preston (Army Reserve) (paired with 2 LANCS), The Scottish and North Irish Yeomanry, formerly The Royal Mercian and Lancastrian Yeomanry, Edinburgh (Army Reserve) (paired with the Royal Scot Dragoon Guards), 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, Edinburgh, 6th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, Glasgow (Army Reserve)(paired with 2 SCOTS), 3rd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, Fort George, 7th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, Perth (Army Reserve) (paired with 3 SCOTS), 5th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, Newcastle (Army Reserve)(paired with 3rd Rifles), 6th Battalion The Rifles, Exeter (Army Reserve)(paired with 1 RIFLES), 6 Logistic Regiment The Royal Logistic Corps, Dishforth, 150 Transport Regiment The Royal Logistic Corps, Hull (Army Reserve) (paired with 6 Logistic Regiment), 7 Logistic Regiment The Royal Logistic Corps, Cottesmore, 158 Transport Regiment The Royal Logistic Corps, Peterborough (Army Reserve) (paired with 7 Logistic Regiment), 159 Supply Regiment The Royal Logistic Corps, Coventry/Canley (Army Reserve), 1 Close Support Battalion Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, Catterick, 102 Battalion Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, Newton Aycliffe (Army Reserve)(paired with 1 Close Support REME), 2 Close Support Battalion Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, Leuchars, 106 Battalion Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, East Kilbride (Army Reserve)(paired with 2 Close Support REME). The Adjutant General's Corps provides administrative, police and disciplinary and educational support to the army. Division referred to as the "Reaction Force", Commander Home Command,[156] is also the Standing Joint Commander (UK) for responsible for the planning and execution of civil contingency operations within the UK landmass and territorial waters. The former being the deployable command, and the later being the home defence and support command. In 1914 a British infantry division consisted of about 18100 (18073) men. With IFVs, MIVs and MRVPs, the British Army will have a range of vehicles that can each carry a full section or 9 soldiers. The three senior regiments of foot guards, plus the Royal Regiment of Scotland, each maintain an additional reinforced company that retains custody of the colours of battalions that are in suspended animation: The Royal Gurkha Rifles is the largest element of the Brigade of Gurkhas which includes its own support arms. Note: units in bold are higher commands, and the units in italics are those units which are part of the Army Reserve. Army Policy & Secretariat (27 November 2020). Personnel will be "trickle posted" between battalions of the same regiment as required, and to further their careers. British army, military force charged with the defense of the United Kingdom and the fulfillment of its international defense commitments. In December 1812 3rd Hussars increased to 12 Troops of 80. [7] This was subsequently superseded by the Army 2020 concept announced in 2012. Most units will have either a Light Aid Detachment (LAD) or Workshop (Wksp) attached. London District is responsible for the maintenance of capability for the defence of the capital and the provision of ceremonial units and garrisons for the Crown Estate in London, such as the Tower of London. Yet it proved easier to combine effectively in the Anglo-German army under Ferdinand of Brunswick than in the Allied armies in the Low Countries in the 1740s. 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