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 the 38th (Irish) Brigade, in the adaptable force of the British Army.
We are a light role infantry battalion. This means 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.
Currently, the Battalion leads a 250-strong Battle Group on peacekeeping duties as the British contingent of the United Nations Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP). Over the six month tour of duty wearing the UN blue beret, our soldiers are responsible for maintaining the integrity of the Buffer Zone that runs between the Greek and Turkish Cypriots and the Command includes the capital, Nicosia.
1 SCOTS also have a Company of soldiers at readiness on Op ELGIN, the name given to the UK’s support to Op ALTHEA a European Force (EUFOR) part of the EU’s comprehensive approach towards Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) and its eventual integration into the EU.
In addition to these standing UK defence commitments, 1 SCOTS soldiers have deployed recently to Africa in a number of roles from helping to combat the spread of Ebola in Sierra Leone, to teaching rangers in Gabon how to conduct anti-poaching patrols, to preparing elements of MONUSCO’s Force Intervention Brigade in Malawi and Uganda.
Sport and adventure training play an important part in life at 1 SCOTS. Fitness, leadership, teamwork, courage and self reliance are developed through a rigorous programme including everything from football and steeplechase to skiing, scuba diving, and sky-diving.