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Specialist infantry and defence engagement
  1. Jonathan Blair Thomas Herron1,
  2. K M Heil2 and
  3. D Reid3
  1. 1 Faculty of Health Sciences and Wellbeing, University of Sunderland, Holywood, UK
  2. 2 Institute of Naval Medicine, Gosport, UK
  3. 3 Specialised Infantry, Army Medical Services, Camberley, Surrey, UK
  1. Correspondence to Capt Jonathan Blair Thomas Herron, University of Sunderland, Holywood, SR1 3SD, UK; herronjonny{at}


In 2015, the UK government published the National Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) 2015, which laid out their vision for the future roles and structure of the UK Armed Forces. SDSR 2015 envisaged making broader use of the Armed Forces to support missions other than warfighting. One element of this would be to increase the scale and scope of defence engagement (DE) activities that the UK conducts overseas. DE activities traditionally involve the use of personnel and assets to help prevent conflict, build stability and gain influence with partner nations as part of a short-term training teams. This paper aimed to give an overview of the Specialist Infantry Group and its role in UK DE. It will explore the reasons why the SDSR 2015 recommended their formation as well as an insight into future tasks.

  • education & training (see medical education & training)
  • health policy
  • protocols & guidelines
  • primary care

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  • Contributors JBTH designed the review with KMH. JBTH wrote the paper with KMH and input from DR and all authors reviewed for final submission and revisions.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.