The Royal Australian Infantry Corps

An Australian Army patrol leaves the confines of their base as they set out down the streets of Dili, East Timor.

The role of Royal Australian Infantry Corps (RA Inf) is to seek out and close with the enemy, to kill or capture him, to seize and hold ground and to repel attack, by day or night, regardless of season, weather or terrain.

The Royal Australian Infantry Corps is the parent corps for all infantry regiments in the Australian Army.

The role of Infantry is to seek out and close with the enemy, to kill or capture him, to seize and hold ground and to repel attack, by day or night, regardless of season, weather or terrain.

As its role implies, Infantry is the major combat element of the Army. This role demands high standards of mental and physical toughness, esprit de corps, battle craft and determination from soldiers, and doubly so from officers who are expected to lead from the front.

Major components of the Royal Australian Infantry Corps include the battalions of the Royal Australian Regiment, and the six state based Reserve Infantry Regiments. The corps also includes the Regional Surveillance and Special Forces units.

The corps was established on 14 December 1948, with its Royal Corps status conferred by His Majesty King George VI. At her coronation in 1953, Queen Elizabeth II became the Colonel-in-Chief of the corps.

The Infantry Head of Corps is usually a Brigadier and they also hold the appointment as Regimental Colonel for the Royal Australian Regiment.

Within the Royal Australian Infantry Corps the following is the accepted order of precedence of regiments:
•    1st Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment
•    2nd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment
•    3rd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment
•    5th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment
•    6th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment
•    7th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment
•    8th/9th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment
•    51st Battalion, The Far North Queensland Regiment
•    9th Battalion, The Royal Queensland Regiment
•    25th/49th Battalion, The Royal Queensland Regiment
•    31st/42nd Battalion, The Royal Queensland Regiment
•    1st/19th Battalion, The Royal New South Wales Regiment
•    2nd/17th Battalion, The Royal New South Wales Regiment
•    4th/3rd Battalion, The Royal New South Wales Regiment
•    41st Battalion, The Royal New South Wales Regiment
•    5th/6th Battalion, The Royal Victoria Regiment
•    8th/7th Battalion, The Royal Victorian Regiment
•    10th/27th Battalion, The Royal South Australia Regiment
•    11th/28th Battalion, The Royal Western Australia Regiment
•    16th Battalion, The Royal Western Australia Regiment
•    12th/40th Battalion, The Royal Tasmania Regiment
•    Special Air Service Regiment
•    The North West Mobile Force
•    The Pilbara Regiment
•    The 1st Commando Regiment
•    The 2nd Commando Regiment

The accepted order of precedence of University Regiments is:

•    Sydney University Regiment
•    Melbourne University Regiment
•    Adelaide University Regiment
•    Queensland University Regiment
•    Western Australia University Regiment
•    University of New South Wales Regiment
•    Monash University Regiment

The Corps motto is ‘Duty and Honour’, while the motto of the infantry units varies individually.

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