In writing this post Iâm not trying to be deliberately controversial and most definitely not having a dig at the Brigade of Guards, their professionalism in all aspects of soldiering needs no further justification. This is about facts, the future of the army and the deployment of available resources. Currently there are 40 Regular Infantry Battalions however 3.5 Btns are almost always assigned to ceremonial duties in London. These consist of 3 Guards Btns and three companies (Nijmegen Company The Grenadier Guards, 7 Company The Coldstream Guards, F Company The Scots Guards). Thus 8.5% of Infantry capability is tie up on ceremonial duties From 2007 there be only 36 Btns but no plans (that Iâm aware of) to reduce ceremonial commitments so nearly 10% of Inf Btns will be on ceremonial duties. However the number of deployable Btns is further reduced as 5 are resident in NI and one designated to Land Warfare Training Centre; this effectively leaves only 30 Btns that can be used for all other ops. This means that 11.5% of available Infantry capability is on ceremonial duties. So my point is, given that the size of the army including the infantry is shrinking, and that overseas operational deployments keep on coming, is it reasonable for a relatively large amount of infantry capability to be tied up on ceremonial duties. I think the answer is no, and that harsh decisions need to be made regarding this continued drain on shrinking resources amid additional operational commitments e.g. Iraq, Afghanistan etc.