British Army Structure

The British Army consists of the General Staff, the Field Army and the Regional Forces, as well as joint elements that work with the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force.

The Army carries out tasks given to it by the elected Government of the United Kingdom (UK).

Its main task is to help defend the interests of the UK, which consists of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. This may involve service overseas as part of a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation force. Soldiers may also be deployed on United Nations (UN) operations and used to help in other emergencies.

The regimental system

The increasing demands of imperial expansion together with inefficiencies highlighted during the Napoleonic Wars led to the Cardwell and Childers Reforms of the late 19th century. These gave the British Army its modern shape, and defined its regimental system. The Haldane Reforms of 1907, formally created the Territorial Force which still exists as the Army’s volunteer component.

Command structure

The command structure is hierarchical with divisions and brigades responsible for organising groupings of smaller units. Major Units are regiment or battalion-sized with minor units being smaller, either company sized sub-units or platoons. All units within the service are either Regular (full-time) or Territorial Army (part-time), or a combination with sub-units of each type.

Naming conventions

Unit names are different for historical reasons. An infantry regiment is an administrative and ceremonial organisation only and may include several battalions. An infantry battalion is equivalent to a cavalry regiment.  For operational tasks a battle group will be formed around a combat unit, supported by units or sub-units from other areas. Such an example would be a squadron of tanks attached to an armoured infantry battle group, together with a reconnaissance troop, artillery battery and engineering support.

Were you in the army, which regiment?

Remembrance Poppy

The red remembrance poppy has become a familiar emblem of Remembrance Day due to the poem “In Flanders Fields”.

The remembrance poppy has been used since the 1920’s to honour the memory of soldiers who have died in the war. They were first used in the US for the soldiers who died in World War 1. Today, they are mainly used in current and former commonwealth states to honour the memory of their servicemen and women who have been killed since 1914. In those states, small artificial poppies are often worn on clothing on Remembrance/Armistice Day and in the weeks before it. Poppy wreaths are also often laid at War Memorials.

This is why every year we have a minute silence in remembrance and out of respect for the servicemen and women we lost in the war.

Help 4 Heroes and I will be doing a Charity Challenge in June 2012. I will be attempting with others to travel 200km on horseback in Ten Days

Good Afternoon

My name is Stewart Stirling, Regional Director of Forces Recruitment Services North Birmingham. I served in the British Military for 25 years, and my company specialise in placing ex military personnel into civilian employment.

The reason for this email is we support Help 4 Heroes and I will be doing a Charity Challenge in June 2012. I will be attempting with others to travel 200km on horseback in Ten Days. (Firstly I need to learn how to ride a horse before I get there) We will be riding across vast open landscapes where little has changed for hundreds of years. This 200km trek will take us through the remote valleys of the Khangai Mountains on sturdy Mongolian Horses. Accompanied by Mongolian horsemen this trip will give us the once in a lifetime opportunity to witness the traditional nomadic lifestyle of the Khalkh Mongols.

We are raising sponsorship for a challenge and If I may be so bold and ask if your company could see fit to sponsor us. Help 4 Heroes have an approved secure web site at:

Mongolia Horse Trek

In the Footsteps of Genghis Kahn


: 11 days / 10 nights  


8th June 2012 (London – Ulan Bataar) :  


18th June 2012 (Ulan Bataar – London) :

Kind Regards


Where donations can be placed. You can also send donations straight to me at my address below. 

We have just started doing alot of Networking events at different Business events to get this information out. Our aim is to raise as much money as possible for Help 4 Heroes. Could you also pass this down to work employee’s and any Business’s that would be able to help in this cause.

I personally thank you in advance for your kind donation.