Wednesday, 12th December 2018


Leading Divisions in the Armed Forces

Here, JobZoo have created a list of the leading organisations within the Armed Forces industry.


1 (UK) Armoured Division

  • The Duke of Wellington formed the 1 (UK) Armoured Division in 1908 from two British brigades and one Hanoverian brigade of the King's German Legion. It therefore has strong links with Germany and is the only British division to be stationed there since 1960. It is a support command based in Rheindahlen with around 3,600 personnel.

2nd Division

  • The division has two core functions; firstly to provide the land forces with properly manned equipped and motivated forces for military operations around the world. Secondly to provide regional and administrative support to all Army units based within the Divisional area enabling them to carry out any missions.
  • The division commands and supports the Regular, Territorial Army and Cadet Forces in Scotland, Northern Ireland and the North of England.

3rd (UK) Division

  • It is the only division at continual operational readiness in the United Kingdom.
  • First formed in 1809 in Spain when the future Duke of Wellington decided to adopt a permanent divisional structure to help him combat the French.
  • The Division's first General Officer was Major General Thomas Picton, a Welshman, who created a tough division with a fighting spirit. They therefore became known as 'The Fighting Division'.

5th Division

  • The 5th Division is responsible for the training, deployment and administration of Army units in Wales, the Midlands and East Anglia.
  • It is one of the Army's key formations, helping to deliver military services to the British people.
  • The Division has helped to train, equip and deploy units on active service in all current operations including Iraq, Afghanistan and the Falklands.

16 Air Assault Brigade

  • Formed in 1999, the Brigade has around 8,000 personnel and has recently been deployed to Sierra Leone, Macedonia, Iraq and Afghanistan.
  • It was formed from an amalgamation of 5 Airborne Brigade and 24 Airmobile Brigade. This brought together the agility and reach of airborne forces plus the potency of the attack helicopter.
  • It is a very high-readiness force that is ready to deploy anywhere in the world at short notice.

HQ London District

  • It is the main headquarters for all British Army units within the M25 corridor of London.
  • It is responsible for all Regular units, Territorial units and cadet attachment and provides for London's ceremonial events.

HQ Theatre Troops

  • Formed in 2001, the HQ Theatre Troops provides Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR), deep strike, specialist engineers, communications, medical support, air defence and logistic re-supply.
  • Theatre Troops consist of 35,000 troops in twelve subordinate formations dispersed through the United Kingdom
  • Missions have included disaster relief operations such as the 2004 tsunami, and major war fighting.
  • There are currently 2,000 personnel from Theatre Troops deployed on operations

UK Support Command Germany

  • Provides infrastructure support to all deployable formations stationed in Germany.
  • It is responsible for German liaison and for relations with the German authorities.
  • They also provide support to the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Airforce who are service across Western Europe.
  • Support includes schooling, medical care, housing construction planning and social services.

Royal Marines

3 Commando Brigade

  • The UK's amphibious infantry are ready to move at all times acting in trouble spots around the world.
  • Troops must deal with harsh demanding conditions when overseas

Fleet Protection Group

  • Based on the West Coast of Scotland, the Fleet Protection Group Royal Marines (FPGRM), is over 500-strong and is made up of three rifle squadrons plus an HQ squadron.
  • The core task is to provide military support to the Royal Navy worldwide.
  • Tasks include Force Protection in the Middle East, the Far East and in Africa and conducting operations to enforce UN resolutions in the Gulf

1 Assault Group

  • The 1 Assault Group Royal Marines is the lead in Amphibious Warfare and Royal Navy Board & Search Training .
  • They must train and develop core amphibious and surface assault skills and equipment.
  • As the lead for Amphibious Warfare, they ensure that Operational Capability can be maximized through the availability of troops
  • The squadron also carries out trials and testing of future crafts

Special Boat Service

  • Created during the Second World War it carries out daring undercover raids using the element of surprise with small, high-trained teams.
  • The members of the SBS have served all over the world including Afghanistan and Iraq and are known as elite military personnel who show physical and mental aptitude.

Royal Marines Band Service

  • Known for their immaculate appearance, drill and musicianship, the bandsmen and women combine military precision with artistic interpretation.

Royal Air force Squadrons

The squadrons are considered to be the basic fighting unit of the Royal Air Force. Although each squadrons role varies slightly, they are all organised in a similar way. Most squadrons will be composed of two or three flights; the first two will be formed of fully operational crews who are trained to carry out the role of the squadron whilst the third will be responsible for the training of newly arrived crews.

Navy Command HQ

Fleet Battle Staff

The Fleet Battle Staff is one of the most advanced planning departments in the military capable of commanding large marine and naval task around the world. Based in two head quarters in Plymouth and Portsmouth, they are required to operate tasks such as deep sea warfare, amphibious warfare, humanitarian aid and non combatant evacuation operations. The staff provide the UK with core tactical maritime expertise.

Maritime Warfare Centre

The Maritime Warfare Centre is a group of servicemen, scientists and analysts whose purpose is to create battle-winning tactics for the Royal Navy. The analysis is based upon previous wins and by running scenarios through thousands of models using different enemy reactions.

Flag Officer Sea Training

Flag Officer Sea Training provides Operational Sea Training for all surface ships, submarines and Royal Fleet Auxiliaries of the Royal Navy.