51st Highland, 7th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (7 SCOTS) is the Army Reserve (formerly the Territorial Army) Infantry Battalion for the North of Scotland. The Infantry Mission is 'To defeat the enemy through close combat.' The Battalion Headquarters (BHQ) is in Perth and there are Company (Coy) and Platoon (Pl) locations at Army Reserve Centres in Dundee, Aberdeen, Kirkcaldy, Inverness, Elgin, Stornoway, Dumbarton and Stirling. Our paired Regular Battalion is The Black Watch, 3rd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (3 SCOTS) based at Fort George near Inverness and we form part of 51 Infantry Brigade.
For most of us, the Army Reserve is a second job, but as Reservists we have a real job to carry out, and there are Officers and Soldiers serving on operations wherever the Regular Army is deployed. We are resourced and equipped to the same levels as the rest of the Army and are trained to the very highest standards. In recent years a large number of our Officers and Soldiers have deployed to Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq, Afghanistan and Cyprus alongside our Regular SCOTS counterparts.
We are a light role Infantry Battalion. This means that we have little reliance on vehicles. Instead, and in the finest traditions of the Infantry, we carry all of the kit and equipment that we require in order to live and fight. We pride ourselves on our physical fitness and our mental and physical resilience and robustness.
Sport and adventure training also play an important part in life at 7 SCOTS. Fitness, leadership, teamwork, courage and self reliance are developed through a rigorous programme of sport and adventurous training. We regularly play sport and conduct a number of adventure training activities both in the UK and when conducting overseas training exercises.
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