Welcome to the website of the Royal Bermuda Regiment! Since 1965 our Regiment has stood ready to protect the people, property, livelihood and interests of Bermuda.
We have been mobilized on average once every two years to assist in returning Bermuda to normality after disasters both manmade but mostly natural.
In essence we have been Bermuda’s insurance policy in times of need, providing the ability to surge manpower and capability to reinforce other services, and in doing so have ensured our self-reliance and secured our independence.
The 420 men and women of our Regiment are mostly reserves drawn from every corner and every profession of our island and who take a month out of every year to serve their country. In serving we proudly continue an unbroken 400-year tradition of military service in Bermuda.
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In both World Wars members of the Bermuda Volunteer Rifle Corps served in battle alongside the Lincolnshire Regiment. Through this service an affiliation grew which has extended through the Lincolns’ successor regiment, the Royal Anglians. Loan service officers have served with distinction in the Regiment as Staff Officer, Adjutant, RSM, Training Warrant Officer and Full Time Instructors (FTIs). In addition Royal Anglian and Royal Bermuda Regiment personnel join their sister regiments on local and overseas camps. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Anglian_Regiment
The Lincoln and Welland Regiment (Canada)
Another part of the Lincolnshire Regiment connection extends to St Catherine’s, Ontario, Canada—home of the “Links and Winks”. Through joint training on overseas camps & loan service personnel during Recruit Camp we continue this historic affiliation. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Lincoln_and_Welland_Regiment
The Jamaica Defence Force
The newly formed Bermuda Regiment first went to Jamaica in the late 1960s and has been going back for training and annual overseas camps ever since. A close bond between the JDF and the Royal Bermuda Regiment has been fostered over these many years and today the Regiment benefits not only while in Jamaica, but through secondment of personnel. Senior ranks from the JDF have served as RSM and FTIs and contribute instructors for our annual Recruit Camp. Regiment personnel regularly benefit from diverse training courses conducted by the JDF. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Jamaica_Regiment
The Royal Gibraltar Regiment
The Royal Gibraltar Regiment (RGR) is the home defence unit for the British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar. The RGR has enjoyed a close association with the Royal Bermuda Regiment and personnel from both units have participated in exchanges and attachments over many years, including the Regiment’s Annual Overseas exercise in Jamaica and the United States and the RGR’s annual battalion level exercise in Morocco, Jebel Sahara. There are many similarities and parallels between our Regiments: both are amalgamations of two predecessor units, one artillery and one infantry. As such, both Regiments enjoy a very uncommon distinction: they possess two sets of Colours. One set are the flags that are carried ceremonially on parade. The second are the artillery guns used for ceremonial salutes. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Gibraltar_Regiment
Warwick camp has been the home of the Royal Bermuda Regiment since its founding in 1965. Currently nine and a half acres, the camp was built in 1869 by the War Office and included the lands of the South Shore Park, Turtle Hill and included an 800m rifle range. Today Warwick Camp can sleep 298 people across eight barrack blocks the Officers’ Mess and Warrant Officers’ and Sergeants’ Mess. There are four class rooms, an Operations Room, Regimental Headquarters, Guard Room, Company Offices and stores for equipment and clothing. There is a 25m Barrack Range and an obstacle course. The Dining Hall can seat 250 people.
Weapons The Royal Bermuda Regiment is a military unit and as such we use various weapons for various tasks. All soldiers that handle any weapons no matter their rank are required to pass annual safety and capability tests: Weapons Handling Tests (WHT) & Annual Personal Weapons Test (APWT). They are also required to pass a Rules of Engagement (ROE) assessment. These tests ensure that soldiers are current in their abilities and that safe practices are being followed.
HK SA80 A2 In 2015 the Royal Bermuda Regiment was gifted 400 SA80 rifles by the British Army and it has replaced the Ruger Mini 14 as the Regiments standard issue riffle. The SA80 A2 L85 is a 5.56mm gas-operated assault rifle manufactured by Heckler & Koch. The selective fire gas-operated design of SA80 A2 incorporates a bull-pup layout with magazine and firing mechanism behind the trigger group. The rifle's automation is provided by combusted powder gases which are fed into a short-stroke gas piston system on the barrel through a three-position adjustable gas regulator. The SA80 A2 has an overall length of 785mm and barrel length of 518mm. The weight of the rifle with loaded magazine and optical sight is 4.98kg. The muzzle velocity of the rifle is 940m/s. It has a cyclic rate of fire of 610 to 775 rounds per minute. The SA80 A2 can effectively engage targets within the range of 400m. The fire-control lever allows the operator to select semi-automatic fire or fully automatic fire.
HK G36C The shortest member of the 5.56 mm G36 family, the G36C is a Compact Carbine with a 9 inch (228 mm) barrel. With the butt stock folded it measures 19.67 inches (500 mm) and is shorter that a 9mm MP5. The G36C is the shortest standard production 5.56 mm carbine made. Its short size makes it especially handy for vehicle operations or any application where a powerful and compact 5.56 mm weapon is required. The G36C is the standard issue rifle for the Boat Troop and Motor Transport Unit.
Beretta 92F The Beretta 92F is an Italian designed short recoil, semi-automatic, single-action/double-action 9mm pistol which uses a 15-round staggered box magazine with a reversible magazine release button that can be positioned for either right- or left-handed shooters. The Beretta is the standard issue weapon for senior officers. The Glock 17 has been selected to replace the Beretta.
ARWEN 37 Riot Gun The Arwen 37 is a 37mm rifled barrel, single shot weapon with a 5 round revolving drum magazine. It is designed to fire less than lethal ammunition, including plastic, CS, Capsin (pepper), smoke and blank rounds. The weapon is fitted with a holographic sight, making it extremely accurate and is the primary weapon for crowd control operations and training. It is also used by the Bermuda Police Service and has replaced the Federal Riot Gun (FRG) in Regiment service.
FN MAG-58 General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG) The GPMG is a gas operated, disintegrating belt fed 7.62mm weapon with a quick change barrel system to allow for overheating. It can fire regular ball and tracer ammunition and can be fitted with a blank firing barrel to fire blank rounds. While it can be fitted to a tripod for sustained fire, the Regiment only utilizes them in the light role
Vehicles The Royal Bermuda Regiment holds a variety of vehicles to serve its needs. The vehicles are managed and serviced by the Motor Transport Section of Quartermasters Company.
Toyota Land Cruisers The Regiment holds both enclosed and open back variants, both are used for general purpose tasks.
Heavy Trucks The Regiment holds a UD 2300DH Crane / Dump Truck, a Hino 300 Box Truck and an Izuzu Box Truck. All are used for the movement of stores and equipment.
Intermediate Vans The Regiment holds a selection of cargo and passenger vans, primarily the Toyota HiAce. These are used for the movement of people and equipment.
Ambulance The Regiment Ambulance (a Ford E-Series) is used to support training and operations and is collocated at the Regiment Aid Post.
Boats The Regiment holds a selection of boats operated by the Boat Troop in Support Company. The Boat Troop supports training and operations, including range safety, oil booming, EMO operations, and joint patrolling with the Bermuda Police Service during peak periods.
Rigid Raider In the early 1990's the Regiment took delivery of two Rigid Raider assault boats. These boats are 18 feet long and are powered by twin 70 horsepower outboard engines. Normally having a crew of three, these boats are designed to transport 10 fully equipped soldiers. A stainless steel keel allows these boats to ride up onto beaches without damaging the hull.
RHIB The Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats or RHIBs were donated to the Bermuda Regiment by the Bermuda Police Service in 2004. These boats are 24 feet long and are powered by twin 90 horsepower engines. Unlike the Rigid Raiders these vessels are primarily used for patrol duties.
Radios Communications Unit in Support Company operates and maintains the Regiments radio system.
Sepura STP8200 The Sepura personal radio represents a quantum leap on the previous Bendix King radios of the 1990's. Built to the TETRA standard, these provide secure digital voice communications between users and talk groups. All major features are software defined and not tied to the physical hardware. Each handset has a built in GPS for tracking purposes and the transmissions are encrypted.
General Soldiers are issued various uniforms. The Dress Regulations are contained in Standing Order 52 and summarized here.
The uniform of the Royal Bermuda Regiment is an extension of the Regiment and is to be worn with pride. It should be clean and serviceable and should be comfortable without being too tight or baggy. Cap badges should be highly polished; boots should be clean, properly laced and maintained, belts and webbing should be sized appropriately and fit correctly.
Moustaches must be trimmed in line with the upper lip. No other facial hair is permitted and soldiers are to be clean and neatly shaven for every Regimental activity. A medical officer will issue shaving certificates to personnel who are unable to shave for valid medical reasons.
Hair is to be closely cropped at all times. Sideburns are to be at the middle of your ear and hair should be cut above the collar. Lines and other designs are not permitted; this including eyebrows. Females are to have their hair in a neat bun. Longer hair should be secured in a fair net off the shoulder. Hair should be of a natural colour.
Jewellery is not to be worn, with the exception of wedding bands. Servicewomen may wear a single pair of small gold stud earrings when attending formal functions.
Quick Reference Guide to the different Orders of Dress:
Jocular / Slang
Short General Description
Number 1 Dress
Dark Jacket; black trousers with red stripe
Only by permission from the CO.
Not part of general issue
Green Jacket and Trousers
At formal, but non-ceremonial events
Only issued to FTS
Ceremonial Dress SNCO Officers
White Jacket, navy blue trousers with red stripe
All ceremonies and parades
Red Jacket, #3 trousers
Formal Mess functions
JNCOs wear #9 Dress
Combats with Peaked Cap, Drill Boots, and belt
Drill / Parade Practice
Drill Instructors wear #6 Dress
As #2 Dress without Jacket
Only issued to FTS. Summer and winter variants.
Combat Dress Winter/Summer
Normal Working Dress
MTP with beret
Jacket and tie
As directed to social events
Winter and summer variants
There are three orders of dress that a soldier will typically wear during their time in the Regiment: Training Dress, Drill Order and Ceremonial Dress. These are outlined below. NCO’s and Officers or Full time Staff will have the opportunity to wear other orders of dress.
Training Dress (No. 8 Dress—Combat) The basic uniform for all of your Regimental training activities.
Head Dress: Blue beret with cap badge over left eye.
Shirt: Combat shirt. Sleeves of shirt folded in a 3 inch fold ending 3 inches above the elbow.
T-Shirt: Tan. Wearing is optional.
Trousers: Combat Trousers worn with belt. Trouser bottoms tucked into elastics around the boot.
Footwear: High top rubber-soled boots and issued beige socks.
Jacket: Combat jacket to be worn when ordered.
Norwegian: Norwegian (Olive Green/Tan). When ordered.
Webbing: As ordered. When in doubt, bring it!
Drill Order (No. 5 Dress) Worn for drill lessons and parade practices. It is as above for Training Dress, except:
Head Dress: No1. Forage Cap with Cap Badge.
Footwear: Leather-soled boots with toes and heels highly polished.
Belt: Black Plastic worn on outside of shirt.
Ceremonial (No. 3 Dress) The ceremonial uniform used for all standard parades.
Head Dress: No1. Forage Cap with Cap Badge.
Jacket: White jacket / Tunic.
Trousers: Dark blue with red stripe.
Footwear: Leather-soled boots with toes and heels highly polished and issued olive green socks.
Belt: Black plastic.
Bayonet Frog: Black plastic.
Undershirt White or Black with no design.
Badge of Rank
Private (1) Bandsman Drummer
Pte Bdsm Dmr
Private Bandsman Drummer
Lance Corporal or “Corporal”
Colour Sergeant (2)
Colour Sergeant or “Colour”
Warrant Officer Class Two (Sergeant Major)
Sir or Sergeant Major
Warrant Officer Class Two (Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant / Chief Clerk)
Sir or Sergeant Major
Warrant Officer Class One (Bandmaster) (3)
Sir (Officers may use “Bandmaster” or “Mr Last-name”)
Warrant Officer Class One (Regimental Sergeant Major)
Sir (Officers may use Mr Last-name”)
Officer Cadet (4)
Mr Last name
Sir (senior officer/Warrant Officers may use “Mr Lastname”)
Sir (senior officer/Warrant Officers may use “Mr Lastname”)
Sir or Captain
Sir or Major
Lieutenant Colonel (5)
Sir or Colonel
Sir or Colonel
All of these ranks are equivalent to Private.
Other Battalions may use Staff Sergeant (SSgt), addressed as “Staff”.
At the date of publication, these appointments were not made.
Not a substantive rank.
Lieutenant Colonel is the senior commissioned rank within the Royal Bermuda Regiment and is held by the Commanding Officer. The rank of Colonel is held by the Regiment’s Honourary Colonel. The ranks of Brigadier, Major General, Lieutenant General and General are not depicted here.
The Royal Bermuda Regiment parades on four occasions each year led by the Band and Corps of Drums: The Peppercorn Parade, The Queen’s Birthday Parade, The Remembrance Day Parade and The Convening of the Legislature Parade. The Regiment also parades for the arrival and departure of our Commander in Chief, His Excellency the Governor, and on the rare occasion of the Trooping of the Colours. The band performs the Beating the Retreat Ceremony during June, July and August.
Peppercorn Ceremony The Peppercorn Ceremony (A State Visit to the Town of St George by His Excellency the Governor) is typically held on the Wednesday in April closest to St George's Day at King's Square St George. At the ceremony His Excellency receives the Annual Rent for the State House from Freemasons Lodge 200 and holds a meeting of Governor’s Council, attended by the Premier and Cabinet Ministers.
His Excellency arrives by Landau at King’s Square at 1058hrs where he will be met by The Mayor of St George. His Excellency inspects a Guard of Honour furnished by The Royal Bermuda Regiment. The Mayor offers a welcome and His Excellency offers a reply. His Excellency then receives the Annual Rent of one Peppercorn for the use of the State House from the Master of Lodge 200. After the Bishop has offered a prayer and pronounced a blessing on the meeting’s deliberations, His Excellency, preceded by the Officers of Lodge 200, will lead the Premier and Members of the Cabinet to the State House, which the Master of Lodge 200 will makes available for the meeting. After the meeting, His Excellency will attend an official reception given by the Mayor.
HM the Queen's Birthday Parade The Queen’s Birthday Parade is held annually in June on Front Street Hamilton at the Flag Pole. The Parade celebrates the official birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The origins of the parade dates back to the reign of King George III when members of the British Household Division mounted a ceremonial parade in London; ever since a day has been set aside as the Sovereign's Official Birthday. We observe the tradition in Bermuda by holding a ceremonial military parade to mark the occasion.
The Parade is organised by the Royal Bermuda Regiment and, in addition to the Regiment Guards and Colour Party, units are provided by the Bermuda Police Service, Bermuda Reserve Police, Bermuda Junior Leaders and Sea Cadets.
His Excellency the Governor arrives as her Majesty’s representative. His Excellency inspects the Guards after which the Guards march past in line. Thereafter, the arrival of the Queen is symbolically recognized with the playing of the National Anthem and the unfurling of Her Majesty’s standard. A salute to Her Majesty—the feu-du-joie (“fire of joy”)—is given by the Regiment soldiers in three ripple-volleys, each being preceded by a seven round gun salute (21 total), and is followed by three hearty cheers in Her Majesty’s Honour. After the symbolic departure of Her Majesty, the dignitaries depart and the Guards march off past the Cenotaph, saluting the fallen.
Convening of the Legislature Parade The Convening of the Legislature Parade is typically held on the last Friday of October or the first Friday of November although dependent upon parliamentary cycle on Front Street facing the Cenotaph and Cabinet Building in Hamilton.
Parliament is convened by His Excellency the Governor on Cabinet Grounds at 1100 hrs. The Bermuda Regiment provides a Guard of Honour on Front Street for the arrival and departure of His Excellency. The Governor inspects the Guard of Honour and then dispatches Black Rod to summon the Members of Parliament. His Excellency then reads the Throne Speech on behalf of the Government, outlining the planned programmes and legislation for the ensuing parliamentary year.
After His Excellency’s departure from the grounds of the Cabinet Building, the Members of Parliament will proceed to the House of Assembly. The Guard, preceded by the Band and Corps of Drums, will march via Front Street, Queen Street, Church Street and King Street to the Fire Station.
Remembrance Day The Remembrance Day Parade takes place every year on 11 November on the grounds of the Cabinet Building and on Front Street, Hamilton. It is a solemn parade and service at which Bermuda’s Fallen Heroes are remembered.
Guards of Honour form the Bermuda Regiment, Bermuda Police Service, Bermuda Reserve Police, Bermuda Fire Service, Bermuda Cadet Corps and Sea Cadets assemble on the lawn of the Cabinet Building, having marched on behind the Band and Corps of Drums of the Bermuda Regiment and the Division Band of the Salvation Army. Once the Guards are in position, the War Veterans are marched on parade by the Combined Somerset Brigade and North Village Bands. His Excellency the Governor arrives and inspect the War Veterans.
With hymns and prayers, local clergy conduct a service of remembrance. At 1100 hours the bugler sounds the Last Post. Wreaths are then laid in memory of the fallen by dignitaries, Service Chiefs and the Veterans themselves. The Reveille is played at the end of the service. The Veterans and Guards then march off parade.
Beating of the Retreat Ceremonies The Beating of the Retreat Ceremonies take place once a month in June, July and August at 2100 hrs in Hamilton, coinciding with Harbour Nights organized by the Chamber of Commerce.
Funded by the Department of Community and Cultural Affairs and the Bermuda Tourism Authority, the Royal Bermuda Regiment Band and Corps of Drums and Bermuda Islands Pipe Band Perform a Beating of the Retreat Ceremony. On occasion visiting band will also participate.
The Beating of the Retreat Ceremony, in its earliest form, was simply a drummers’ call. The Drum Major and his men would march around the camp or city streets playing drum taps to warn soldiers that it was time to return to their billets, put out their fires and go to bed. This performance was known as the retreat and many regretted that they did not heed the drummers’ call. Eventually, a pipe time was added to the drummers’ calls and a more elaborate ceremony emerged. Later on, bugle calls were added and the parade evolved into the present day Beating of the Retreat Ceremony.
The massed bands march on, perform separately and then re-mass for the evening hymn and the playing of Sunset, at which the flags are lowered signaling the end of the day. The bands then march past the guest of honour - His Excellency the Governor, the Honourable Premier, Worshipful Mayors, et al.
Introduction Much is expected from soldiers of the Royal Bermuda Regiment. They are required to participate in demanding but rewarding training, exercises and operations and are required to obey orders and to live and work under challenging conditions. They must rely on each other to maintain the highest standards of professionalism and self-discipline at all times. Mutual trust is paramount.
This two-way obligation forms a covenant between the Regiment and its soldiers. Both share a common bond of identity, loyalty and responsibility for each other which is unwritten but unbreakable, and which has sustained us throughout our history.
The values and standards that are set out below are those that experience has shown are instrumental in allowing us to fulfil our operational roles. The key is to build and maintain that trust which is so essential to the establishment of absolute confidence between members of a team, at whatever level. These values and standards will enable the Regiment to continue to serve our Country in the future, as we have done in the past.
The Royal Bermuda Regiment exists to serve our Country and its interests. We have an excellent reputation based on our high standards of professionalism, behaviour, and self-discipline.
The challenges faced are physically and mentally demanding, extremely unpredictable, and potentially dangerous. In the end soldiers depend on teamwork for success, which comes from demanding training, strong leadership, comradeship and trust. Such trust can only exist on the basis of shared values, the maintenance of high standards, and the personal commitment of every soldier to the task, the team, your Regiment and our Country.
The values and standards for soldiers of the Royal Bermuda Regiment are laid out below. They are also found in Standing Order 62.
Values The six values of the Royal Bermuda Regiment are:
Selfless Commitment Personal commitment is the foundation of military service. You must be prepared to serve whenever and wherever you are required, and to do your best at all times. This means you must put the needs of the mission, and of your team, ahead of your own interests.
Courage Courage creates the strength on which fighting spirit depends. You must have the physical courage to carry on with your task regardless of potential danger and discomfort, and the moral courage always to do what you know is right.
Discipline The Regiment must be a disciplined force if it is to be effective. You must therefore obey all lawful orders given to you. The best form of discipline, which the Regiment expects from you, is self-discipline. Only self-discipline will earn you the respect and trust of your comrades, and equip you to cope with the difficult, individual decisions you will have to make during your service. Good discipline means that soldiers obey their orders under the worst conditions and do so with imagination and resourcefulness.
Integrity Soldiers must have complete trust in the integrity of each of their comrades. Integrity involves utmost honesty, reliability and unselfishness. It is an essential requirement of both leadership and comradeship. Unless you maintain your integrity, others will not trust you and teamwork will suffer. Integrity sometimes requires you to show moral courage, because your decisions may not always be popular, but it will always earn you respect.
Loyalty Our Country and your Regiment rely on your commitment and support. You must therefore, be loyal to your commanders, your comrades and your duty. If you are not, you will weaken the unit and its ability to perform its roles.
Respect for Others You will sometimes have to live and work under extremely difficult conditions. In such circumstances, it is particularly important that you show the greatest respect, tolerance and compassion for others because comradeship and leadership depend on it. Respect for others is based on self-respect and operational need, and depends on selfless commitment and integrity.
As a soldier in The Royal Bermuda Regiment you must:
Abide by the civil law, wherever you are serving;
Abide by military law, which includes some additional offences such as insubordination and absence without leave, which are needed to maintain discipline;
Avoid any activity which undermines your professional ability, or puts others at risk. In particular, the misuse of drugs and abuse of alcohol; and,
Avoid any behaviour that damages trust and respect between you and others in your team and unit, such as deceit or social misconduct. In particular, you must not commit any form of harassment, bullying or discrimination, whether on grounds of race, age, marital status, gender, religion, sexual orientation or any other behaviour that could undermine good order and military discipline.
Soldiers who have been convicted of a civil offence may be prohibited from serving in specialist units.
Ultimately, you must always measure your conduct against the following test:
“Have your actions or behaviour adversely impacted or are they likely to impact on the efficiency or operational effectiveness of the Regiment?”
Those in positions of authority, at whatever level, have a duty of care towards their subordinates, looking after their interests, and ensuring that they fully understand what is expected of them. This duty of care extends to ensuring that individuals who raise concerns have their complaints dealt with in a thorough and timely manner.
The challenges you will face on operations and in training will test you and your team. That is why your commitment to the Values and Standards of the Regiment is essential.
Men in all ages have made for themselves signs and emblems of their allegiance to their rulers, clans and brotherhoods. With these emblems at the fore they were duty bound to uphold those laws, principles and traditions of the institutions with which they were affiliated. Prior to modern communication, Colours served as the rallying point for Regiments on the battlefield and were fiercely guarded in battle. Following in this ancient and honoured custom, the Regiment has our Colours as a symbol of our duty towards our Country and Regiment. The Colours represent our resolve to guard, preserve and sustain the great traditions of bravery, service and self-sacrifice of which we are the proud inheritors.
The Queen’s Colour is the senior colour and carried on the right. It is a Union flag with the monarch’s crown and the words Bermuda Regiment, representing our allegiance to the crown. The Regimental Colour is carried on the left. It has a motif similar to the Regimental Badge, although crossed gun barrels appear under the Maltese Cross rather than the single barrel and wheel seen on the badge. These symbols are surrounded by a garland of roses and thistles.
The Colours are carried on parade by junior officers as part of the Colour Party. When carrying the Colours the officers are referred to as ensigns, the more senior of the two carrying the Queen’s Colour. The Colours are protected on parade by escorts, being two Colour Sergeants and a Warrant Officer. Uncased Colours are saluted by all ranks.
Our first Colours were presented to the Bermuda Regiment on 24 November 1965 by our then Colonel-in-Chief, HRH Princess Margaret She returned to present a second set of Colours in 1990 on the occasion of the Regiment’s 25th Anniversary. The current set of Colours were presented in November of 2010 by our current Colonel-in-Chief HRH Duchess of Gloucester at the National Stadium.
Annually, the Warrant Officers and Sergeants’ Mess hosts The Colours Ball. The first Colours Ball was held on Saturday 27th November 1965 at Admiralty House Ball Room, two days following the presentation of the original Colours.
The Bermuda Regiment also has the distinction of having two ceremonial 25 pounder guns that date from the Second World War, which are now used solely for saluting purposes. As artillery regiments do not have Colours per say, the guns are afforded the same distinction and respect as the Colours.
The Regimental Badge
The Regimental Badge is instantly recognizable by all within the Regiment and former members and overseas personnel. It is as much a source of identification to others as it is a symbol of pride. This insignia is worn on headdress, appears on the unit flash and is incorporated into signage and all printed materials.
The badge combines a field gun of the Artillery with a Maltese Cross set inside the over-large wheel, with a half wreath under and a half-banner above carrying the word 'Bermuda', surmounted by a crown. The Maltese Cross was the central component of the BVRC badge and the artillery piece is a component of the BMA. In addition, the ceremonial and other uniforms you wear have many blended elements of the former units.
The Bermuda Regiment March
The Bermuda Regiment March is a stirring quick march heard when The Colours are marched on and off parade and when troops are marching past. The march was written in 1965 by then Director of Music Major LN Dunn, MBE, ED, ARCM. Lyrics were added by Maj B StV Dill, ED, EM, AVCM as follows:
Here’s To Us The Soldiers Of The Land, Our Land, Honour Bound, Brave And Sure, We’re Proud From Man To Man, Bermuda Is The Home Of Regimental Pride, And To Our Flag We’ll Ever Be True. Oh, Here’s To Us The Soldiers Of The Land, Our Land, Following The Sounds Of Our Own Band Throughout The Land, Oh, Here’s To Us The Leaders Of The Fight And Light, And For Our Own, We’ll Struggle To The End. For We Will Not Be Moved Away, From Our Task, From Our Goals, To Conquer All Our Foes, For We Will All Unite, To Preserve And Lead The Glorious Fight. For We Will Not Be Swayed Away, From Our Task, From Our Goals, To Conquer All Our Foes, For We Will All Unite, To Preserve And Win The Glorious Fight.
Paying Military Compliments Military Compliments are paid to senior ranks by a junior rank. The person receiving the courtesy (the senior) is equally responsible for returning it as the junior is for rendering it.
Standing to Attention is the basic act of military courtesy that occurs when a soldier meets a soldier senior to them or an officer. A hand salute is the basic act of military courtesy that occurs when a soldier meets an officer or a junior officer meets a senior officer. The exchange of a hand salute has been handed down through the ages and is an integral part of military life.
When in uniform WITH HEADDRESS a soldier must stand to attention and or salute, in the case of officers, whether the senior rank is in uniform or not. When in Uniform, WITHOUT HEADDRESS a soldier must stand to attention.
A soldier in Civilian Dress (or both in uniform without headdress) is to acknowledge the senior rank by standing to attention.
When in a group, all soldiers stand to attention and the senior soldier offers a salute in the case of paying compliments to an officer.
Whenever a soldier of officer sees the Colours uncased he or she is to stand to attention and salute; and,
Whenever the playing of the National Anthem, Last Post, Reveille, Sunset, and the Regimental March, soldiers are to stand to attention and Warrant Officers and Officers are to salute
50 Years Strong! Continuing a 400-year tradition
Bermuda’s Military History The Royal Bermuda Regiment has a proud history of service at home and overseas, building on the distinguished service of its predecessor units. Bermuda’s military history is a glorious story that is not often told.
The Early Years While local militias were raised from time to time since colonization, an Act of Parliament in 1895 formally raised organised units to supplement the regular British Army garrisons on the island. Given segregationist policy of the day, two units were formed: the black-recruited Bermuda Militia Artillery (BMA) and the Bermuda Volunteer Rifles Corps (BVRC), later the Bermuda Rifles, which was white. Other units were raised at various times, including the Bermuda Militia Infantry (BMI), Bermuda Home Guard and Bermuda Volunteer Engineers (BVE).
The Great War, 1914-1918 The BMA and BVRC served in France during the First World War and suffered terrible casualties. The BMA served in the Royal Garrison Artillery and the BVRC served in the 1st Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment. The European campaign saw over 100 Bermudians lose their lives. Many were conspicuous in their service, with Bermuda’s soldiers earning, amongst other commendations, the Military Medal for Gallantry. In the First World War two contingents from the BMA totaling 250 all ranks served in France and Belgium.
The BVRC sent two volunteer contingents to serve with the Lincolnshire Regiment. The first arrived in France in June 1915 and was the first Colonial Volunteer Contingent to serve in the trenches. Of the 122 men who served with the Lincolns, 40 died in active service, 16 gained commissions, one received an OBE and six the Military Medal. In 1929 His Majesty, King George V formally approved the affiliation of the BVRC with the Lincolnshire Regiment, this being the origin of the current link to the Royal Anglian Regiment.
The Second World War, 1939-1945 During the Second World War the BMA were the Bermuda Contingent of the 1st Caribbean Regiment which served in North Africa and Europe. The BMA was embodied and manned the Batteries at St. David’s and later Warwick Camp until they were demobilized in 1946. In 1944, 5 officers and 100 other ranks joined the 1st Caribbean Regiment and served in Italy and Egypt.
The Bermuda Rifles served as a company in the Royal Lincolnshire Regiment. Two contingents totaling 100 all ranks served with the Lincolnshires, including in North West Europe and Burma. The BVRC was substantially demobilized in 1946.
Other Bermudians joined the Royal Air Force and Royal Canadian Air Force or saw service with the Royal Navy. Of the 184 Bermudians serving overseas, 35 paid the ultimate sacrifice. Many were highly decorated for their valour, including a George Cross.
At home, the BMI and BVE, along with those who remained of the BVRC and BMA, guarded our shores. Bermuda’s brave men and women served with courage, pride and distinction during these wars. It is fitting that we remember them every 11th November during the National Service of Remembrance.
Post War Years Post World War II Bermuda was full of military activity with the continuing garrisons, the active HM Dockyard under the Royal Navy and the well-established bases of the Americans and later the Canadians. Within a dozen or so years, the advent of the so-called Cold War had changed the face of the world, including Bermuda. In 1951, under the Defence Local Forces Act 1949, both units were re-formed under the central command of Headquarters Local Forces. The BMA retained its original name but the BVRC was succeeded by the Bermuda Rifles. Both units retained their separate identities and their own Bands. The gun defences of Bermuda were becoming as outdated as the role itself and in 1953 the BMA were re-equipped and trained as infantry although they proudly retained their Royal Artillery allegiance, uniform and badge. Conscription was introduced for the Bermuda Rifles in 1957 and for the Bermuda Militia Artillery in 1960. Along with the social changes of the ‘50’s and ‘60’s the two units were poised for change.
Amalgamation The BMA and Bermuda Rifles, while officially separate and still racially segregated, steadily became jointly active through training exercises and ceremonial parades. On the 1st September 1965 the BMA and the Bermuda Rifles were combined to form the Bermuda Regiment. The amalgamated infantry battalion adopted the histories and characteristics of the predecessor units, although disappointingly the units’ well-earned battle honours were not carried forward to the Colours and Drums of the Regiment. Her Late Royal Highness, The Princess Margaret, GCVO, Countess of Snowdon, was the Regiment’s first Colonel-in-Chief and presented our first Colours.
1960s and 1970s Since 1965 the Royal Bermuda Regiment has been embodied on average every other year, including in 1966 when it had to deal with the BELCO riots that left several policemen seriously injured. Civil disturbances in 1968, and again in 1977, also led to the Governor ordering the embodiment of the Regiment to support the Police. The disturbances in 1977 followed the execution of the 1973 assassins of His Excellency the Governor and his Aide-de-Camp. The Gilbert Report of 1978 led to the expansion of the Regiment to 711 all ranks.
1966 Strike and BELCO Riots
1968 Riots and State of Emergency
1970 Riots and State of Emergency
1972 Assassination of Police Commissioner
1973 Assassination of The Governor and his ADC
1977 Riots and State of Emergency
1980s The strength and role of the Regiment was reviewed following the disturbances of 1977 and the Gilbert Report led to significant expansion of the Regiment in terms of structure and training. The 1980’s presented further social change as the Regiment slowly defined its role within society. From the General Strike of 1981 through to the devastating Hurricane Emily in 1987, the Regiment showed itself to be responsive in time of national crisis. Regional deployments followed to Montserrat in 1986, Jamaica in 1988 and the British Virgin Islands in 1989.
1980 First Black CO (Col C Eugene Raynor, now Honorary Colonel)
1981 Embodiment for General Strike
1987 Embodiment for Hurricane Emily
1990s The Regiment entered the decade celebrating its 25th Anniversary. During a Royal Visit, The Late Princess Margaret presented a new set of Colours to the Regiment. The Regiment was twice embodied for security and ceremonial services for the Anglo-American Summits of the early ‘90’s between President GHW Bush and Prime Ministers Thatcher and Major. In 1993, the Defence Act 1965 was supplemented by Governor’s Orders which further defined the structure and purpose of the Regiment. In 1996, Bermuda became the focus of the world when a Chinese fishing vessel Xing Da with 100 illegal immigrants entered Bermuda waters. The Regiment was embodied to provide cordon and search capabilities and humanitarian support.
1990 Presentation of the Colours
1993 Governors Orders
1996 Xing Da Embodiment
2000s The new millennium saw the Regiment branch out further into the international arena, expanding its training with its sister regiments and supporting countries in need. 2001 saw the Regiment embodied in response to the September 11 terrorist attack on the United States. In addition to continuing training opportunities throughout the Americas and Europe, Regiment personnel served in Africa as part of the International Military Advisory Team to Sierra Leone’s armed services. Between 2001 and 2005, six soldiers participated in 6-month tours in Sierra Leone joining IMATT. In 2003 the Regiment was embodied for Hurricane FABIAN in September 2003 which was the most severe hurricane in living memory. In October 2004 and March 2005 the Regiment deployed a highly successful contingent to the Cayman Islands and Grenada, following the devastation caused by Hurricane IVAN. In 2005 the Bermuda Regiment was subject to another Review, which set an establishment of 612 all ranks. In 2007 the Regiment again deployed a contingent of soldiers, this time to Barbados as part of a CARICOM force to provide security for the Cricket World Cup. In 2008, a further contingent of soldiers was deployed to the Turks and Caicos Islands following Hurricane IKE. In 2009 to commemorate Bermuda’s 400th Anniversary Her Majesty the Queen visited the island and the Regiment provided guards and sentries during her visit. The Regiment also hosted a Military Tattoo which featured our Band and various bands from other militaries all over the world.
2000 Joint Patrolling with Bermuda Police Service (Tall Ships 2000)
2001 Embodiment for US Terror Attacks
2003 Embodiment for Hurricane Fabian
2004 Hurricane Relief Mission to Cayman Islands
2005 Hurricane Relief Mission to Grenada
2007 Internal Security Deployment for Cricket World Cup in Barbados
2008 Hurricane Relief Mission to Turks and Caicos Islands
2009 Embodiment for visit by HM The Queen
2010’s On 13 November 2010 our Colonel-in-Chief, Princess Birgitte (now HRH The Duchess of Gloucester) presented our current set of Colours at a parade at the National Stadium.
In 2014 the Regiment emerged from the latest security review with a strong endorsement, and was embodied for 10 days for the back-to-back hurricanes of FAY and GONZALO, providing over 2,140 man-days of hurricane and disaster relief, including coordinating the deployment of HMS ARGYLL for which the Regiment drew widespread acclaim and reconfirmed its valuable service in restoring the island to normalcy.
During its 50th Anniversary Year in 2015, the Regiment received the honour of its new Royal title, and was awarded the Freedoms of St George and Hamilton. It also Trooped the Colours and in October 2015 hosted HRH the Duchess of Gloucester at Warwick Camp and at the BR50 Tattoo. The latter attracting over 6,000 guests over 3 nights to see 400 performers from 11 local and international Bands. That same year the Royal Bermuda Regiment received new modern weapons, was embodied for Hurricane JOAQUIN, supported the Americas Cup World Series Sailing event in Hamilton, and began Special Constable Training for selected soldiers.
Today the Royal Bermuda Regiment is 420 strong and predominantly made up of volunteers. All serve for a minimum of 3 years 2 months, but many extend their service and in 2016 the Regiment had its first ever all-volunteer recruit camp. This continued in 2017. A small cadre of full-time staff work daily providing essential administrative and training support for regimental personnel who train in the evenings and over weekends. The current full-time staff consists of 30 personnel, including several former British Military personnel. The Royal Bermuda Regiment is organized as follows: A Company, C Company, Support Company, Training Wing, Band Company, Quartermaster’s Company, and Junior Leaders. Annually the Regiment trains overseas in the United States, Canada or Jamaica. Personnel also attend courses and attachments overseas.
2010 Partial embodiment for Hurricane Igor
2010 Presentation of New Colours
2010 Assistance to Fire & Rescue Service for Marsh folly Dump fire
2011 Maritime Patrol Assistance to the Bermuda Police Service
2012 Assistance to Fire & Rescue Service for Marsh folly Dump fire
2014 Embodiment for Hurricanes Fay & Gonzalo
2015 Freedom of City of St George’s & City of Hamilton
2015 Regiment awarded royal title by HM The Queen on 1 Sep 2015