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The Rifles regiment was formed in 2007 with the merger of 4 other Regiments of the British army.The Rifles came into being as a result of new Army Structures. It was thought the Light Division would have remained unchanged apart from the light infantry gaining a new battalion with the joining of 2 other regiments, with both gaining a reserve battalion. But on 24 November 2005, the Defense ministry said that the 4 regiments would become one. 5 battalion regiments. The battalions of The Rifles was born on 1 February 2007 by joining forces with the 4 Light Infantry and Rifle Regiments.1st Battalion from the 1st Battalion, Devonshire and Dorset , 1st Battalion Royal Gloucester shire, Berkshire and Wilshire Regiments.
- 2nd Battalion 1st Battalion, Royal Green Jackets.
- 3rd Battalion 2nd Battalion, Light Infantry.
- 4th Battalion 2nd Battalion, Royal Green Jackets.
- 5th Battalion 1st Battalion, Light Infantry.
- 6th Battalion TA battalion.
The 7th Battalion TA or reservists formed from the Rifle Volunteers but excluding the minus the Princess of Wales's Regiment and other sections of the London and Green jackets.