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Specialised Infantry Group
SIG
Specialised Infantry Group.jpg
SIG insignia
Active 2017–Present
Country  United Kingdom
Branch  British Army
Role Specialised Infantry Training
Size Group
Part of 6th (United Kingdom) Division
Headquarters Aldershot Garrison

The Specialised Infantry Group (Spec Inf Gp) is a formation of the British Army, created as a result of the Army 2020 Refine reorganisation, intended to train foreign forces.[1][2]

History

The Specialised Infantry Group is the second newest larger formation of the British Army. The group was formed for counter-terrorism training, operations, and specialised training. The group was formed in October 2017 when the two first battalions joined, being, 4th Battalion, The Rifles (4 RIFLES) and 1st Royal Scots Borderers Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland (1 SCOTS).[3][4][5][6][7]

In February 2018 the group deployed their companies for the first time on operations. Just a few months later in July the group added the 2nd Battalion, The Princess of Wales' Royal Regiment (2PWRR) and also the addition of the Joint Counter Terrorist Training and Advisory Team.[4][5][6][7]

In January 2019 the group added their fifth unit, 2nd (King's) Battalion, The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment to the group. In April, the 3rd Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles joined the group, making a total of 6 units.[4][6][6][7][8][9]

Unlike the other battalions of the British Army the specialised infantry battalions will be a smaller, reduced, stregnth of 267 men compared to the normal 559.[4][10] In 2019, the group joined the 6th (United Kingdom) Division after Force Troops Command was renamed in the beginning of August. In October, all units are expected to have at minimum a company deployed to Spec Inf Operations.

Deployments

In February 2018, the 4th Battalion, The Rifles deployed for the first time to Kuwait to work with the Kuwait Army and Kuwait National Guard.[11] R Company, 4 Rifles also trained the Afghan Army and forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.[12] In July 2018, C Company from the 2nd Battalion, The Princess of Wales' Royal Regiment was dispatched to Nigeria, where 1 SCOTS have also been engaged in training the Nigerian Army for their fight against Boko Haram .[13]

Composition

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The composition of the Spec Inf Gp in December 2020 is listed below.

Specialised infantry battalions have a strength of 267 soldiers compared to the other infantry battalions which have 559 or more.[27][28]

Commanders

Commanders of the group have included:

  • 2017—2019 Brigadier James Roddis[5]
  • 2019—Present Brigadier Angus Fair

See also

References

  1. "Defence review to see dozens of sites close". BBC News. 7 November 2016. https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-37902141. 
  2. "Specialised Infantry Group". British Army. https://www.army.mod.uk/who-we-are/formations-divisions-brigades/6th-united-kingdom-division/specialised-infantry-group/. 
  3. Defence review to see dozens of sites close - BBC News
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Specialised Infantry Group | The British Army
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Specialised Infantry Group Information
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 Army Structure after Army 2020 refines
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Strategic Defence and Secuity Review Paper
  8. Formation of the 3rd Battalion
  9. New Gurkhas Battalion
  10. Army:Written question - 194616
  11. Grzeszczyk, Sian (21 February 2018). "EXCLUSIVE: Specialist British Soldiers' First Operational Deployment In Kuwait". Forces News. https://www.forces.net/news/army/exclusive-specialist-british-soldiers-first-operational-deployment-kuwait. 
  12. Wiltshire, Amy (2 May 2019). "Duchess Of Cornwall Presents 4 RIFLES With Medals". Forces News. https://www.forces.net/news/duchess-cornwall-presents-4-rifles-medals. 
  13. Cotterill, Tom (23 July 2018). "Portsmouth soldiers teach Nigerian Army how to defeat brutal terror group Boko Haram". Portsmouth News. Portsmouth. https://www.portsmouth.co.uk/news/defence/portsmouth-soldiers-teach-nigerian-army-how-to-defeat-brutal-terror-group-boko-haram-1-8577231. 
  14. "6th (United Kingdom) Division" (in en-GB). https://www.army.mod.uk/who-we-are/formations-divisions-brigades/6th-united-kingdom-division/. 
  15. "Specialised Infantry Group" (in en-GB). https://www.army.mod.uk/who-we-are/formations-divisions-brigades/6th-united-kingdom-division/specialised-infantry-group/. 
  16. at 6:20pm, Fiona Weir 2nd October 2014. "Warm Welcome for 1 SCOTS in Holywood" (in en). https://www.forces.net/services/army/warm-welcome-1-scots-holywood. 
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  19. 19.0 19.1 "Regiments to change bases, in major Army restructure". http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/regiments-to-change-bases-in-major-army-restructure-35298093.html. Retrieved 22 December 2016. 
  20. "Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment" (in en-GB). https://www.army.mod.uk/who-we-are/corps-regiments-and-units/infantry/princess-of-waless-royal-regiment/. 
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  23. "4 RIFLES" (in en-GB). https://www.army.mod.uk/who-we-are/corps-regiments-and-units/infantry/rifles/4-rifles/. 
  24. "New specialist Gurkha battalion established". British Army. https://www.army.mod.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/03/new-specialist-gurkha-battalion-established/. Retrieved 8 August 2019. 
  25. "Royal Gurkha Rifles" (in en-GB). https://www.army.mod.uk/who-we-are/corps-regiments-and-units/infantry/royal-gurkha-rifles/. 
  26. Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach, Defence and Intelligence Geospatial World Forum (7–9 April 2020). Amsterdam, Kingdom of the Netherlands. Retrieved 4 December 2020.
  27. "Specialised Infantry Group". British Army. https://www.army.mod.uk/who-we-are/formations-divisions-brigades/6th-united-kingdom-division/specialised-infantry-group/. 
  28. "Army:Written question – 194616". Hansard. 22 November 2018. http://qna.files.parliament.uk/qna-attachments/1012385/original/194616_Answer_Table_Order_Of_Battle.pdf. 

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