Organisation of the Regiment
Commanding Officer (CO). The CO is in overall command of the Royal Bermuda Regiment. He is responsible directly to the Governor and Government of Bermuda for the training and operational capability of the Regiment. The CO is selected approximately every three years from the available Majors who are interested in being considered for the position. It generally takes about 15 years of service in order to be considered for CO.
Second-in-Command (2IC) & Paymaster. The 2IC assumes command of the Regiment in the absence of the CO. He is the senior Major in the Battalion, and pays general attention to the administration of all branches of the Regiment. The Paymaster is the senior financier for the Regiment and reports directly to the CO. He also has a variety of administrative responsibilities related to the budget, salaries, the Military Register, the Annual Draft, and the Exemption Tribunal.
Staff Officer (SO). The SO advises the CO and has special responsibilities for operational plans, security and overseas liaison.
Adjutant (Adjt). The Adjt is the CO’s personal staff officer and is responsible to the CO for the discipline and administration of the Regiment.
Regimental Sergeant Major (RSM). The RSM is the senior enlisted man of the Royal Bermuda Regiment and is responsible to the CO for the standard of drill and discipline of the Regiment.
Organisation of the Companies
Company Commanders (also known as Officers Commanding , hence “OC”) are responsible to the CO for the training, discipline, organisation and administrative efficiency of their companies. The Companies in the Regiment are A Company (A Coy), C Company (C Coy), Support Company (Sp Coy), Quartermaster’s Company (QM Coy), Training Wing (Trg Wg)and Band Company (Bnd Coy).
Training Officer (TO). The TO is responsible for coordinating all training that is carried out across the Regiment. He is also Officer Commanding Training Wing.
Quartermaster (QM). In addition to his role as an OC, the QM is responsible to the CO for all matters dealing with the logistical administration of the Regiment, such as: facilities, clothing and equipment, rations, weapons, instruments, vehicles, fuel, lighting, etc.
Director of Music (DOM). In addition to his role as an OC, the DOM is responsible for the good order, musical training and general wellbeing of the Band and Corps of Drums.
The below diagram outlines the typical company structure (A Coy, C Coy and Sp Coy):
Company Commander (OC). The OC has overall command of his Company.
Company Second-in-Command (Coy 2IC). The Coy 2IC assists the OC in the administration of the Company and take the place of the OC in his absence.
Platoon Commander (Pl Comd). A Platoon is a tactical and administrative unit of the Company and the Pl Comd is responsible to his OC for its tactics, discipline, organization, administration and recreational training.
Company Sergeant Major (CSM). The CSM is to a company what the RSM is to the Regiment. He is the OC’s right-hand man and assists him in all matters concerning the management of the Company and its discipline.
Company Quartermaster Sergeant (CQMS). The CQMS is directly responsible to his OC and the QM for the Stores and Equipment on charge to his Company.
Full-Time Instructor (FTI). FTIs are employed full-time by the Regiment. They are responsible for the day-to-day running of the Company with particular emphasis on administration and training.
Platoon Sergeant (Pl Sgt). The Pl Sgt is responsible to the Pl Comd for his platoon and in all matters concerning discipline and administration whether in the field, on exercise or in the barracks.
Section Commander (Sect Comd) The Sect Comds task is to train his section for and command them in operation. This also includes responsibility to his Pl Sgt for the men’s administration, welfare and discipline.