Sri Lanka Rifle Corps

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Sri Lanka Rifle Corps
Active 1984 - Present
Country Sri Lanka
Branch Sri Lanka Army
Type Infantry
Size 2 Battalions
Part of Sri Lanka Army Volunteer Force
Regimental Centre 1st Battalion Headquarters, Pallekele.
Nickname(s) SLRC
Engagements Insurrection 1987-89
Sri Lankan Civil War
Commanders
Notable
commanders
General Ranjan Wijeratne

The Sri Lanka Rifle Corps (SLRC) is a (reserve) regiment of the Sri Lanka Army. It is made up of two volunteer (reserve) battalions. It has been formed with personnel from the central highlands and the many plantations in the Central Province of Sri Lanka. It is the only regiment of the Sri Lanka Army that recruits its personnel from a particular geographical area.

History[edit]

The origins of the Rifle Corps can be traced back to the colonial era when the British planters in the central highlands of Ceylon formed a volunteer regiment called the Ceylon Planters Rifle Corps in 1887 which was attached to the Ceylon Defence Force. This regiment was disbanded when the Ceylon Army was formed in 1949.

In the 1980s the management of the many plantations called for the recreation of a volunteer Rifle Corps in the highlands. Due these requests two battalions were raised in Pallekele and Neuchatel Estate Neboda on 15 February 1985 by Brigadier G. R. Jayasinghe, assisted by Lt-Colonel Wettasinghe and Captain P. Abeyratne. The first commanding Officers were Lieutenant Colonel (later General) Ranjan Wijeratne (2nd Battalion) who was the Chairman of the State Plantations Corporation and Lieutenant Colonel P.R Seneviratne (1st Battalion) who was the Chairman of the Janatha Estate Development Board.

These two battalions have deployed in the Northern and Eastern Provinces due to the Civil War. Currently the regiment is deployed in the Central Province provides security to the vital sectors of dams and hydroelectric projects. A detachment is maintained by the regiment in Kandy for the protection of the Temple of the Tooth.

Volunteers[edit]

  • 1st Battalion, Sri Lanka Rifle Corps
  • 2nd Battalion, Sri Lanka Rifle Corps

The 1st Battalion commanding officer - Lt Col J D U T Kumara RSP SLA

The 2nd Battalion commanding officer - Maj W M K Weerawardene SLAC

Notable members[edit]

Order of precedence[edit]

Preceded by
Sri Lanka Army Women's Corps
Order of Precedence Succeeded by
Sri Lanka Army Pioneer Corps

See also[edit]

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