The Scots Guards has one of the finest, longstanding reputations as a tough fighting force. A regiment which has a long and proud history of service to the sovereign in times of war and peace – be it on operations in Iraq and Afghanistan or guarding the royal palaces. This is a regiment in which you will make friends for life because no matter who you are, or where you are from, we are one Scots Guards family.
The Battalion is currently stationed at Mons Barracks in Aldershot, Hampshire, the Army centre of excellence for Mechanized Infantry. The Battalion is made up of three rifle companies, a support weapons company, which includes a reconnaissance, mortar, anti-tank and machine gun platoons, and a Headquarter company.
As an operationally-ready Battalion, life in the Scots Guards is varied and challenging. One day you could be driving across the plains of Alberta, Canada in a Mastiff, and the next you are packing your kit to go on an adventure training exercise in Nepal. The Battalion competes to a high standard in football and rugby, while many Guardsmen represent the Battalion in Nordic and Alpine skiing, boxing, cross-country and squash. There are more than 45 different sports on offer, and if you are good enough you can play them right up to Army or even national level.
F Company is an independent company, where a Guardsman fresh from basic training can expect to serve a short tour. In this time the Guardsman’s training is built upon so he is well prepared for life in the 1st Battalion.
F Company also undertakes regular training exercises in the UK and overseas.