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 Scots Guards will give you skills and qualifications to set you up for life. They’ll be second nature to you after training and they’ll be more than just certificates on paper. The training will teach you the values and standards of the British Army. You’ll have confidence and motivation. You’ll be physically and mentally tough. You will live by a professional code of excellence and self-discipline. And you’ll have a steady and safe wage coming in every month.
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 that was created when 2nd Battalion Scots Guards was placed into suspended animation in 1994.
It represents the 2nd Battalion and carries its colours and continues its traditions to this day. F Company is permanently based in London and is largely focused on public duties and state ceremonial events.
A Guardsman fresh from basic training can expect to serve a short tour in F Company. 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. Recent deployments include the Falkland Islands, Kenya, Belize and Spain. There is also plenty of scope for adventurous training, including skiing and sky diving.