The order of precedence for the British Army

Posted by Susannah 16/10/2018 0 Comment(s)
The divisions of the regular army of the British Army have an order of precedence which dictates the order in which these divisions parade, from right to left. The unit on the extreme right, usually the Household Cavalry, is generally the highest ranking unit. 
 
Army Reserve units and Militia take precedence over regular units but this does not include the Honourable Artillery Company and The Royal Monmouthshire Royal Engineers. 
 
Household Cavalry
Royal Horse Artillery
Royal Armoured Corps
Corps of Royal Engineers
Royal Regiment of Artillery
Royal Corps of Signals
Infantry
Foot Guards
Line Infantry
The Rifles
Special Air Service
Army Air Corps
Special Reconnaissance Regiment
Royal Army Chaplains Department
Royal Logistic Corps
Royal Army Medical Corps
Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
Adjutant General's Corps
Royal Army Veterinary Corps
Small Arms School Corps
Royal Army Dental Corps
Intelligence Corps
Royal Army Physical Training Corps
General Service Corps
Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps
Corps of Army Music
Royal Monmouthshire Royal Engineers (Militia) (Army Reserve)
Honourable Artillery Company (Although Army Reserve Regiments, they are included in the order of arms Regular Army)
Remainder of the Army Reserve
Royal Gibraltar Regiment
The Royal Bermuda Regiment
 
The order of precedence for the Household Cavalry and Royal Armoured Corps dates back to when the regiments had numbers rather than names. The Household Division regiments are always listed first, as they are the most senior. Today, as many regiments have been formed through amalgamations of other regiments, the order of precedence is given to those with the more senior amalgamated units. An example of this is that the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment, which is one of the youngest in the army, is ranked second in the line infantry order as it is a direct descendant of the 2nd Regiment of Foot.
 
 

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