Royal Australian Infantry Corps

The role of Royal Australian Infantry Corps 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.

Royal Australian Infantry Corps
Royal Australian Infantry Corps
Royal Australian Infantry Corps

The Royal Australian Infantry Corps (RA Inf) 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 Army 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 Head of Corps for the Royal Australian Infantry Corps is usually a brigadier, who also holds 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, Royal Australian Regiment
  • 2nd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment
  • 3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment
  • 5th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment
  • 6th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment
  • 7th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment
  • 8th/9th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment
  • 51st Battalion, Far North Queensland Regiment
  • 9th Battalion, Royal Queensland Regiment
  • 25th/49th Battalion, Royal Queensland Regiment
  • 31st/42nd Battalion, Royal Queensland Regiment
  • 1st/19th Battalion, Royal New South Wales Regiment
  • 2nd/17th Battalion, Royal New South Wales Regiment
  • 4th/3rd Battalion, Royal New South Wales Regiment
  • 41st Battalion, Royal New South Wales Regiment
  • 5th/6th Battalion, Royal Victoria Regiment
  • 8th/7th Battalion, Royal Victoria Regiment
  • 10th/27th Battalion, Royal South Australia Regiment
  • 11th/28th Battalion, Royal Western Australia Regiment
  • 16th Battalion, Royal Western Australia Regiment
  • 12th/40th Battalion, Royal Tasmania Regiment
  • Special Air Service Regiment
  • North-West Mobile Force
  • Pilbara Regiment
  • 1st Commando Regiment
  • 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

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

Royal Australian Infantry Corps badge
Royal Australian Infantry Corps badge
Royal Australian Infantry Corps colour patch
Royal Australian Infantry Corps colour patch