Timelines: The Green Howards
Announcement Date: April 21, 2012

On 5 July 2012, the Secretary of state for Defence announced a reduction in five regular infantry battalions by 2016, requiring the 2nd battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment (Green Howards) to be removed from the Order of Battle. The Colonel of the Yorkshire Regiment and the regiment’s Executive Committee subsequently decided to merge the regiment to form two regular battalions in autumn 2013.  The 3rd Battalion became the 1st, and the 1st Battalion became the 2nd, with the 4th remaining unchanged (although the designation ‘Territorial Army’ changed to ‘Army Reserve’ at the end of 2013).