The Light Dragoons are a Formation Reconnaissance Regiment with a history in the reconnaissance role which dates back to the early 18th Century.

Currently based in Swanton Morley, Norfolk the Regiment has deployed twice to Iraq on Operation TELIC in 2003 and 2005. C Squadron deployed to Helmand Province in Afghanistan on Operation HERRICK 5 in October 2006 with 3 Commando Brigade Royal Marines. The remainder of the Regiment deployed on Operation HERRICK 6 with 12 Mechanized Brigade. All have now safely returned and are training in the UK for any subsequent Operations.

Light Dragoons recruit principally in the North East of England (Northumberland, Tyne and Wear and County Durham) and in South Yorkshire and have strong connections with these areas. For this important reason, the Regiment is known as 'England’s Northern Cavalry'.

The Regiment is proud to have His Majesty King Abdullah II of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan as the Colonel-in-Chief. His Majesty served as a young officer in the Regiment in the 1980's.

The Light Dragoons want young men with initiative and a sense of adventure, who seek a challenge beyond the ordinary, to train for a new life and operate professionally in challenging and rewarding circumstances.

Our standards are high, but the rewards are worth the effort. Could you drive an armoured vehicle, fire a 30mm cannon or guide a missile to its target? Could you navigate by both day and night, across a battlefield, gathering intelligence without being seen? Could you communicate with the pilot of a fast jet or attack helicopter to guide him to his target?

If you have the ambition, we will give you the skills.

If you are interested in being the best and would like to know more about The Light Dragoons, contact us now.


England's Northern Cavalry

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