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1st Battalion The Rifles (1 RIFLES)

1 RIFLES is a Regular Infantry Battalion based in Beachley Barracks, near Chepstow in Gloucestershire. The Battalion consists of around 550 Riflemen who deploy from their base location on training and operations worldwide. Originally part of 3 Commando Brigade, 1 RIFLES is now part of 1st (UK) Division - which heads up the British Army Light Role Adaptable Force, optimised for the challenges of today, both within the UK and abroad.

1 RIFLES is a Light Infantry Roled Battalion and is paired with 6th Battalion The Rifles from the Reserve Force. Light Infantry Roled Battalions are trained to deploy worldwide at short notice with light scales of equipment, into terrain ranging from mountains to jungle, demanding fit and agile Riflemen.

Since The Rifles formed in 2007, 1 RIFLES has deployed on 3 tours to Iraq and Afghanistan, together with numerous other operations and training missions worldwide.

1 RIFLES is due to move from Chepstow to St Athan in southern Wales in 2027, with both locations retaining good transport connections to the South West and Midlands, making it a particularly popular battalion for Riflemen from these areas because they can get home quickly most weekends.

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