Distribution of forces

The following are some military sites which may impact and be a source of the Armed Forces community for Kent & Medway.


  • 11 Brigade (South East) – provides administration for the area
  • Royal Regiment of Artillery
  • 3rd Prince of Wales’s Royal Regiment (Infantry) Battalion - Area HQ. C Company
  • Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical - 103 REME Battalion
  • Army Medical Services - Army Medical Reserves - 254 Medical Regiment - 220 Medical Squadron
  • Royal School of Military Engineering Regiment - 1 RSME Regiment, Professional Engineer Wing
  • 259 Field Squadron - 101 Engineering Regiment
  • 36 Engineer Regiment (Hybrid)

Royal Navy

  • Hawke Division (Medway) Reserve
  • The Royal Marines Reserve unit in London (joint training with Hawke Division)

Royal Air Force

  • Defence Fire Training and Development Centre Manston (previously RAF Manston)

In the county of Kent and Medway there are approximately:

  • 360 Reserves
  • 5500 Cadets
  • 860 Cadet Adult Volunteers
  • 29 Combined Cadet Force Units

Chatham, Brompton Barracks
1 Royal School of Military Engineering (RSME) Regiment trains our Royal Engineer soldiers in construction, engineering and watermanship. The school normally provides the third and final phase of a Sappers training package before they are posted to their first Regiment.

Maidstone, Invicta Park Barracks
36 Engineer Regiment has soldiers from 21 different nationalities serving within it, including two Gurkha Field Squadrons (69 and 70 Gurkha Field Squadrons), with their own cap badge for Queen’s Gurkha Engineers. A Force Support Engineer Regiment that provides specialist engineer solutions. It is always ready to deliver theatre entry, indirect support to combat operations, military-civil transition and recovery to the Land, Logistic and Maritime components on current and future operations.

Folkestone, Brigade of Gurkhas - Royal Gurkha Riffles Regiment
The Gurkhas are a unique unit in the Army with a reputation of being amongst the finest and most feared soldiers in the world. All Gurkha soldiers are recruited in Nepal with British Officers recruited from across the UK and Commonwealth. There are now 2 battalions of the Royal Gurkha Rifles:

  • 1 Royal Gurkha Rifles located at Shorncliffe, Kent.
  • 2 Royal Gurkha Rifles located in Brunei.

A third battalion will be formed from January 2020 and will be located at Shorncliffe. The Royal Gurkha Rifles (RGR) currently have a jungle role Battalion permanently based in Brunei. The current rotation is every two years.

Other Regulars
There will also be a number of individuals who will have settled their families in the county, but will still be serving in units outside of Kent and Medway, who when returning home on leave may require access to NHS services.

The families of these individuals will come under the NHS for their medical needs, although the individuals' unit should look after both the individual and their family's welfare needs. However, those families living away from the unit home base tend to turn to the local authority for assistance, and the unit will link them in appropriately. Not all will be living in private housing, so there will be a mix of social housing and some living with family.

British Army Reserves
There are various units within the British Army Reserves including Infantry, Special Forces, Army Air Corps, Royal Engineers, Royal Signals, Royal Artillery, Royal Logistics Corps, Army Medical Services, Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, Intelligence Corps. Visit the British Army website for up to-date details of placement of units and more details of what the different units do.

Ashford - Army Reserve Centre, Sir Henry, Brackenbury Road, Ashford TN23 3HX

  • A Company, 3rd Battalion, The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment>/li>
  • 133 Recovery Company, 103 Battalion Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME)

Canterbury – Leros Army Reserve Centre, Sturry Road, Canterbury, CT1 1HR

  • Battalion Headquarters and Headquarters Company 3rd Battalion, The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment
  • The Kohima Band of the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment
  • Detachment of London University Officer Training Corps

Maidstone – Army Reserve Centre, Boxley Road, Maidstone ME14 2AR

  • B Troop, 124 Transport Squadron, 151 Regiment Royal Logistics Corps

Maidstone – Army Reserve Centre, 461 London Road, Ditton, Maidstone ME20 6DB

  • 220 Medical Squadron, 254 (East of England) Medical Regiment

Ramsgate – MOD Manston, Ramsgate, Kent CT12 5BS

  • A Company 3rd Battalion, The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment

Rochester – Army Reserve Centre, Fort Clarence, St Margaret’s Street, Rochester ME1 3BG

  • C Company 3rd Battalion, The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment
  • Troop 579 Field Squadron, 101 (City of London) Engineer Regiment (EOD)

Tunbridge Wells – Army Reserve Centre, St Johns Road, Tunbridge Wells TN4 9HH

  • 579 Field Squadron, 101 (City of London) Engineer Regiment (EOD)

Royal Navy – Maritime Reserves
The Maritime Reserves is made up of two vital, valued forces: the Royal Naval Reserve, and the Royal Marines Reserve. Together, they support the regular personnel, in its peacetime, military and humanitarian operations.

Rochester – Fort Clarence, St Margaret’s Street, Rochester ME1 3BG

  • HMS President - Medway Division Royal Navy Reserve

Royal Marine Reserve – No units in Kent and Medway

Royal Air Force Reserves
Royal Air Force Reserves work alongside the Regulars. There aren’t any units in Kent and Medway but there are Reservists whose unit is external to the county.

South East Reserve Forces' and Cadets' Association (SERFCA) is one of 13 Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Associations UK-wide, SE-RFCA is a Ministry of Defence (MOD) Crown body, responsible to the Defence Council, but separate from military chains-of-command. SERFCA gives support to the Reserve Forces and Cadets from the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force in the counties of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Kent, Oxfordshire, Surrey, East and West Sussex. The majority of the Association comprises volunteers, presided over by the Lord-Lieutenant of each County, ranging from high-ranking serving and retired military Officers, through local Councillors to enthusiastic locals, with no military experience, but with a will to support the Armed Forces and Cadets; so it can be seen that the Association has close links with the Community because it is part of that Community. In short, the main roles of SERFCA are:

  • Managing the volunteer estate (Reserve, Cadet and Training Centres). through building new Centres, maintaining current Centres to the required legal standard and ensuring that all sites are kept in good condition, fit for purpose and secure.
  • Encouraging support for the Reserves and Cadets This includes giving support to, in particular, Reservists by engaging with Employers and supporting Employers of Reservists who seek more information or who have Reservist Employees deployed on operations.
  • Supporting Cadets both cadets and adult volunteers in the Combined Cadet Force, Sea Cadet Corps, Army Cadet Force and Air Training Corps.

Combined Cadet Force (CFF)
There are CCF contingents in 29 secondary schools and colleges within Kent and Medway, offering young people a broad range of challenging, exciting adventurous and educational activities. Our aim is to enable the development of personal responsibility, leadership and self-discipline, Each CCF is an educational partnership between the school and the Ministry of Defence. CCF’s may include Royal Navy, Royal Marine, Army and Royal Air Force sections.

Sea Cadets and Royal Marine Cadets
Whether at sea or on land, the Sea Cadets offers young people across the UK amazing opportunities for personal development - by learning new skills and working in teams - they offer an environment where young people find new confidence and inspiration. Established in 1856 the Sea Cadets was created by communities wanting to give young people instruction on a naval theme. Traditionally old seafarers provided training while local businessmen funded the unit building. There are 21 units in Kent and Medway.

Kent and Medway Army Cadets
The Army Cadet Force is open to all young people between the ages of 12 and 18 who are in school year 8 or above. Kent Army Cadet Force has 38 detachments covering the whole of Kent and Medway. Divided into 3 Companies (East, South and West) and a RE Squadron (North Kent & Medway)

Royal Air Force Cadets
The Kent Wing of the Air Training Corps is open to all young people between the ages of 12 and 18 who are in school year 8 or above; offering young people a broad range of challenging, exciting adventurous and educational activities. Their aim is to enable the development of personal responsibility, leadership and self-discipline. Every year Air Cadets and Volunteer staff take part in exciting and challenging events all over the country. It is made up of 33 Squadrons across the County.

It is hard to quantify the number of ex-service personnel in Kent and Medway as there is no official monitoring of their placement once they have left the Armed Forces. This makes them a hard to reach community and is why organisations have to ask the question "Have you ever served in the British Armed Forces?" This will enable that organisation to ensure the individual and their family receive the appropriate support.

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