Who Are The Soldiers Of 5 Military Intelligence Battalion?

Their work often goes unnoticed but is vital to any Army mission.

The soldiers of 5 Military Intelligence Battalion are marking the 10th anniversary since the creation of their unit.

Part of the 1st Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Brigade, these reservists have carried out vital work while attached to other units on deployment.

So who are they?

Critical thinking and analytical skills are crucial to the operations.

The battalion is made up of reservists who have deployed with regular units across the globe.

The recruiting process is very rigorous and focuses on critical thinking and analytical skills. Many of the reservists bring something from the day job into their Army role.

These soldiers serve with units all over the world, providing vital information to commanders before and during missions to ensure success.

A wide range of skills is valued for the varied work carried out by 5 Military Intelligence Battalion.


Rather than deploy as a battalion, they often join up with other units in small groups, but with a vital role in the mission.

It is up to them to provide the intelligence that enables commanders to make decisions on potential threats and developing situations.


Units are based from Edinburgh all the way down to Nottingham, and their reservists have deployed all over the world.


The battalion uses advanced systems at their bases to conduct real-time work that is fed back to the wider defence intelligence community, and it is this vital information that is the starting point for every mission the Army undertakes. 


While their role is often overlooked and misunderstood, this intelligence is often the difference between success and failure.

Lieutenant Colonel Angel Sedgwick, Commanding Officer 5 Military Intelligence Battalion, said:

"It's lifesaving stuff, it's operation and mission-winning stuff.

"I was on a team in Iraq that got described as a battle-winning asset by the brigade commander.

"We're a small part of the Army but undeniably the work we do is absolutely critical to the delivery of the mission and its success, and saving lives as well."

Lance Corporal Neil Christie said: "We work in cells to maybe the level of a few people.

"Personal skills, and the ability to move in and out of groups effectively, the ability to get on with people, communicate clearly, is very important.

"Both the skills that are brought from civvy street, and the skills that are developed back for civvy street, the two-way process just benefits everybody involved."

Many of the reservists bring something from their day job into their military role.

Private Charlie Peters added: 

"I think everyone brings a hardworking attitude first and foremost, and a dedication to the service."

"The Army wouldn't work without intelligence at the core of everything," noted Lance Corporal Emily Schonhut.

"If you look at officers - they have their question one to seven, and question one is our bread and butter.

"What every operation starts on is intelligence, and then it goes through to the rest of the Army."