It is now confirmed that Royal assent has been given to re-name our TA battalion and affiliated ACF/CCF detachments. On the 1st of September 2007 the Royal Irish Rangers (RANGERS) will become the 2nd Battalion The Royal Irish Regiment (2 R IRISH). In addition, on the 1st November 2007, with the disbandment of the Regimental Band, the North Irish Territorial Army Band will rebadged to become The Band of the Royal Irish Regiment (TA). Finally our affiliated ACF and CCF units will rebadge Royal Irish Regiment in due course. On the amalgamation of the Royal Irish Rangers and the Ulster Defence Regiment in 1992 it was decided that the TA battalions and affiliated CCF and ACF units of the new Royal Irish Regiment would retain the 'Rangers' title in order to maintain a distinction from those operational battalions engaged in counter-terrorist operations in Northern Ireland. The end of the terrorist campaign in Northern Ireland means that this distinction is no longer necessary. Like the rest of the Infantry, we must change if we are to remain competitive in terms of recruiting. Six months ago we were the largest infantry regiment in the Army - at midnight on 31 July 2007 we became the smallest. The presentation of a strong, single regimental image is therefore considered vital to recruiting the Regiment and to developing and sustaining the operational efficiency that will be needed as we move forward together in to our new future. On the 1st of September we will become a unique entity with a single regular battalion directly supported by a single TA battalion. This move will cause us all great sadness but we have much to be proud of. The TA battalions carried forward the Rangers title with distinction for 15 years beyond the amalgamation and in that time our Territorial Rangers have served on operations in Kosovo, the Falklands, Iraq and Afghanistan. Some things will stay the same - our Rangers will continue to be called Rangers and the Caubeen will continue to be worn by both battalions.