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The Royal Scots Borderers (1 SCOTS)

The Royal Scots Borderers, 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (1 SCOTS), based in Palace Barracks near Belfast, forms part of 38 (Irish) Brigade, in the adaptable force of the British Army.

We are a light role infantry battalion, meaning that we have little reliance on vehicles.  Instead, in the finest traditions of the infantry, we carry all of the kit that we require in order to live and fight.  We pride ourselves on our fitness, resilience and robustness.

We currently have a company of soldiers deployed to Kabul, Afghanistan as part of Operation TORAL.  During their four month tour of duty, they are responsible for providing force protection to NATO advisers striving to mentor several Afghan Security institutions which are critical to Afghanistan’s future success.

Other recent operational commitments for 1 SCOTS have included:

  • deploying 250 soldiers as part of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus
  • a deployment to Sierra Leone, joining the fight against the Ebola virus
  • a company of soldiers held at readiness to support Operation ALTHEA in Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • sending small teams to train to local forces in Gabon, Malawi, Zambia and Uganda.

The next major challenge for 1 SCOTS will be forming part of the ‘Vanguard Light Forces Group’ at the beginning of 2018, being ready to deploy to anywhere in the world at short notice.  To prepare for this commitment, we have a busy 12-month period packed with progressive, demanding training culminating in a Battle Group exercise in Kenya.

Sport and adventure training play an important part of life at 1 SCOTS.  Fitness, leadership, teamwork, courage and self reliance are deployed through a rigorous programme including everything from football to skiing, sailing and parachuting.

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