British Army UK Order Of Battle

Corps; Divisions and Brigades; Divisions; Brigades; Regiments and Battalions

Structure of the British Army - UK Order Of Battle
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The structure of the British Army is complex, due to the different origins of its various constituent parts. In terms of nature of its servicemen, it is divided into the Regular Army (full-time professional soldiers) and the Territorial Army (part-time paid soldiers). In terms of its military structure it is divided into corps (administrative groupings by common function), and divisions and brigades (large units somewhat fluid in nature).
The regiment is in some respects the most important unit of the British Army. It is the largest "permanent" tactical unit. Typically, it will consist of around 700 soldiers, and be commanded by a Lieutenant Colonel.

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A typical regiment will follow a structure similar to the following:

Company (or Squadron) of about 100 soldiers, commanded by a Captain
Platoon (or Troop) of about 30 soldiers, commanded by a Lieutenant
Section of about 8 soldiers

Sections can be subdivided into two fire teams for tactical purposes.

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Table of contents
1 Corps
2 Divisions and Brigades
2.1 Divisions
2.2 Brigades
3 Regiments and Battalions
(UK Order Of Battle

The Army has a number of Corps; groupings by purpose, of varying size.

Royal Armoured Corps
Royal Regiment of Artillery
Corps of Royal Engineers
Royal Logistics Corps
Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
Army Physical Training Corps
Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps
Army Air Corps
Adjutant Generals Corps
Royal Corps of Signals
Intelligence Corps
Army Medical Services
Royal Army Chaplains' Department
Corps of Army Music
Small Arms School Corps

Divisions and Brigades
Divisions and Brigades are the next smallest groupings after a Corps. The British Army comprises two active divisions, seven active manoeuvre brigades. The three remaining divisional headquarters act as regional commands in the UK itself, and would only become field formations in the event of a general war. Beyond the manoeuvre brigades, there are also a number of active brigades which have air defence, logistics and engineering functions. Finally, there are also a number of reserve manoeuvre brigades which command smaller regions than the reserve divisions. The numbering of the various brigades is not sequential, reflecting the rise and fall of various brigades over the years. The reserve brigades have often been divisions in times past, such as 51 (Scottish) Brigade being the direct descendant of the famous 51st (Highland) Division of WWII.

1st (UK) Armoured Division
2nd Division — The Army in the North
3rd (UK) Mechanised Division
4th Division
5th Division

1 (Mechanised) Brigade
4 (Armoured) Brigade
7 (Armoured) Brigade
12 (Mechanised) Brigade
15 (North East) Brigade
16 (Air Assault) Brigade
19 (Mechanised) Brigade
20 (Armoured) Brigade
39 (Infantry) Brigade
42 (North West) Brigade
43 (Wessex) Brigade
49 (East) Brigade
51 (Scottish) Brigade
52 (Lowland) Brigade
101 Logistics Brigade
102 Logistics Brigade
160 Brigade

Regiments and Battalions

The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
The Black Watch
The Cheshire Regiment
Coldstream Guards
The Devonshire and Dorset Regiment
The Duke of Wellington's Regiment
The Green Howards
Grenadier Guards
The Highlanders
Irish Guards
The King's Own Royal Border Regiment
The King's Own Scottish Borderers
The King's Regiment
The Light Infantry
The Parachute Regiment
The Prince of Wales's Own Regiment of Yorkshire
The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment
The Queen's Lancashire Regiment
The Royal Anglian Regiment
The Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Regiment
The Royal Gurkha Rifles
The Royal Green Jackets
The Royal Highland Fusiliers
The Royal Irish Regiment
The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers
The Royal Regiment of Wales
The Royal Scots
The Royal Welch Fusiliers
Scots Guards
The Staffordshire Regiment
Welsh Guards
The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment

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British Army UK Order Of Battle