|A ceremony has been held as five British Army regiments merge together to form a new "super-regiment" called The Rifles.....
Parades mark end of regiments
By ONLINE REPORTER
February 01, 2007
A SPECIAL parade was held in the Scottish capital today to mark the formation of a new Army regiment - and the end of five existing ones.
The Edinburgh-based 2nd Battalion The Light Infantry has merged with four other battalions to create The Rifles - the largest infantry unit in the Army.
Soldiers from the battalion took part in a cap badge changing ceremony at their Redford Barracks base this morning, when the unit became the 3rd Battalion The Rifles.
Troops from four other regular units also held similar parades in England, Germany, Afghanistan and Iraq as they merged to become part of the new regiment.
The Devonshire and Dorset Light Infantry, The Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Light Infantry, The Light Infantry and The Royal Green Jackets are all reforming as new Rifles battalions.
The Rifles is now the largest regiment of infantry in the Army, comprising five regular battalions, two TA battalions, three TA companies in two TA battalions, many Regimental Associations and 12,000 cadets - a quarter of the Army Cadet Force.