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Light Cavalry

Light Cavalry (Lt Cav) regiments

Lt Cav regiments provide a highly mobile reconnaissance capability that is able to manoeuvre well ahead of the rest of the Army to find battle winning information. Routinely organised within the Adaptable Force (AF), Lt Cav regiments provide the force commander with the intuition and 24 hour, all weather capability that can only be achieved with a man on the ground. This is achieved through a combination of the mounted and dismounted reconnaissance skills of the Lt Cav soldier. Independent, cunning, mentally agile, and physically robust, the Lt Cav solider has the ability to understand the enemy and environment, giving him the ability to shape the enemy as well as seize and exploit fleeting opportunities. Culturally aware and inquisitive, Lt Cav soldiers use guile and stealth to operate independently in small teams, often behind enemy lines and over prolonged periods. They are trained to work in conjunction with foreign military personnel around the world to conduct overseas engagement and provide training to our partner nations.

Regular Lt Cav regiments are equipped with the battle proven Jackal and Coyote fighting vehicles. These platforms combine high speed, excellent cross country mobility, good range and endurance to enable the Lt Cav soldier to manoeuvre in depth to inform the commander’s decision and influence the course of battle. Light and air portable, Jackal and Coyote can be rapidly flown into a country ahead of the heavy armoured units to prepare the way for the main body.

Reserve Lt Cav regiments are equipped with the RWMIK Land Rover. This mounts the same Heavy Machine Gun and Grenade Machine Gun as the Jackal and Coyote. Reserve Cavalry regiments train with their paired Regular Lt Cav regiment and will deploy with them on operations and training exercises.

The Queen’s Dragoon Guards (QDG)

The QDG are currently based in Sennelager, Germany and will move to Swanton Morley, Norfolk in 2015. They are part of the Adaptable Force and support 7 Infantry Brigade. The QDG traditionally recruit from across Wales and can trace their history back to 1685.

The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards (SCOTS DG)

The SCOTS DG are currently based in Fallenbostal, Germany and will move to Leuchars, Scotland in 2015. They are part of the Adaptable Force and support 51 Infantry Brigade. The SCOTS DG traditionally recruit from across Scotland and can trace their history back to 1681.

The Light Dragoons (LD)

The LD are currently based at Swanton Morley, Norfolk but will move to Catterick, North Yorkshire in 2015. They are part of the Adaptable Force and support 4 Infantry Brigade. The LD traditionally recruit from Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, Durham, Cleveland, East Riding and South Yorkshire. The LD can trace their history back to 1715.

Reserves - The Royal Yeomanry (RY)

The RY are paired with the QDG. Personnel complete the same training on the vehicle as their Regular counterparts and join them for training and operations around the world. The RY has squadrons located at Croydon, Nottingham/Leicester and Dudley/Telford. The Regimental Headquarters is located in London.

Reserves - The Scottish and North Irish Yeomanry (SNIY)

The SNIY are paired with the SCOTS DG. Personnel complete the same training on the vehicle as their Regular counterparts and join them for training and operations around the world. The SNIY has squadrons located at Belfast, Ayr and Cupar. The Regimental Headquarters is located in Edinburgh.

Reserves - The Queen’s Own Yeomanry (QOY)

The QOY are paired with the LD. Personnel complete the same training on the vehicle as their Regular counterparts and join them for training and operations around the world. The QOY has squadrons located in York, Wigan and Chester. The Regimental Headquarters is located in Newcastle.

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