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HQ Company

Headquarter Company is situated in Walcheren Barracks, Glasgow, which takes its name after the location of one of the Battalion's predecessors' most decisive victories of the Second World War.

Company Profile

Headquarter Company is responsible for supporting Battalion Headquarters (BHQ), which is the heart of the Battalion and where the Commanding Officer and his HQ staff control the Battalion, by providing logistical and administrative support. The Company is based in Glasgow but some of its members train with the other Companies, providing the benefit of their specialist training and expertise.


"If you join HQ Company then once you have completed your basic infantry training you might serve in the Communications Information Systems (CIS) Platoon or Motor Transport Platoon and Machine Gun Platoon.

The CIS Platoon is responsible for all communications equipment and planning in the battalion. As a private soldier, your responsibilities would be managing communications equipment and helping to provide a robust communication system. There is also the opportunity to obtain some very good civilian qualifications in IT and Digital Communications along the way.


The Motor Transport Platoon is responsible for providing the unit with the vehicles it needs to move both its men and equipment. It has a variety of vehicles at its disposal including WOLF Land rovers, MAN 6 tonne Support Vehicles and Battlefield Ambulances, which as a private soldier you would be required to both drive and maintain.


The Machine Gun Platoon is armed with heavy weapons and ammunition. As a private soldier you learn how to master the awesome range of firepower at your disposal and weaken the enemy by directing sustained fire onto their positions. This allows your other platoons to launch attacks and defeat them.


If you join HQ Coy as a specialist, you will join a vital small team of specialists; the catering platoon manned by the Royal Logistic Corps (RLC) Chefs feed us; The Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC) manned medical section comprising of a Doctor, Nurse and Combat Medical Technician who provide immediate first aid and casualty/trauma care; and the Adjutant Generals Corps (AGC) support personnel service (SPS) detachment that provide our HR support.

See the links below to find out more about joining in one of these specialist roles, all of which still require basic military training.

  • Chef
    Chefs gain a thorough grounding in food preparation and presentation, you also learn how to construct field kitchens and produce tasty, nutritious meals on the move and in challenging environments.
  • Combat Medical Technician
    Combat Medical Technicians have advanced life-saving skills and use them to help trauma patients both in peacetime and during conflict. You will tend to the wounded and work in challenging situations close to the front line.
  • HR Specialist
    Combat HR Specialists undertake the same basic military training as everyone else in the Army. You also learn specialist skills like IT, finance and management. They are key enablers in the company command post supporting the communication and medicals output.


"We are always recruiting Officers as every platoon needs a commander. Many of our officers have come from the Officers Training Corp or joined us straight off the street where on top of their training they will be taught a number of Leadership and management skills. Providing you meet the criteria (the selection standards for reserve officers are the same as for regular army officers) you will then go to Royal Military Academy Sandhurst to gain a commission. Upon completion of this course will receive a higher rate of pay!"

Company Training

All locations meet and train on a Tuesday evening between 7.30pm and 9.30pm. In addition we train on one or two weekends each month or a training day instead of a full weekend. Every drill night you train, you are paid a quarter days’ pay; you will receive 2.5 days’ pay for every weekend or 1 days’ pay for a training day. In addition, if you meet the required standards, and attend more than 27 days per year (including a 16 day residential camp) then you will receive a tax-free lump sum training bounty.

Contact Details

If you are interested in joining as either a soldier or an officer, or just want to know more about us, contact us during the day on:

  • Glasgow - 0141 224 5437 or
  • Battalion recruiting mobile number 24/7 - 07795 060737

HQ Company and Battalion HQ location

Walcheren Barracks

Walcheren Barracks, 122 Hotspur Street, Glasgow G20 8LQ

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