Since its formation more than 375 years ago, the Scots Guards has forged a reputation as one of the toughest fighting units in the British Army. As a mechanised regiment, it uses Mastiff and Jackal 2 armoured vehicles to engage enemy troops
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As well as general infantry skills such as reconnaissance, tactical communications and engaging enemy troops, soldiers in the Scots Guards are experts in mechanised vehicles. They also have the honour of guarding the royal family at Buckingham Palace.
The Scots Guards is currently training while maintaining a high state of readiness – it could be deployed across the world at a moment’s notice.
The Scots Guards are a close family, recruited from Scotland, the North of England and across the UK. We pride ourselves on our people and their families, providing personal and professional development and an exciting, varied and balanced lifestyle.
The Scots Guards are based at Mons Barracks in Aldershot, Hampshire – the British Army’s centre of excellence for mechanised infantry The 1st Battalion is due to return to Catterick, North Yorkshire by 2020.
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The Scots Guards are an infantry regiment steeped in history, with soldiers renowned for their discipline and courage in battle. We are Mechanised Infantry and train to use speed to cross the battlefield quickly and launch onto difficult objectives. Recognised as innovators, we are due to be one of the first STRIKE Mechanised Infantry units with a new fleet of impressive vehicles at the forefront of British Army capability.
In addition to our combat role, the regiment’s ceremonial company has the special honour of acting as guards at royal residences such as Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace. Our traditional uniform – a red tunic and bearskin hat – is famous the world over.
Over the course of its long and illustrious history, the Scots Guards has fought in every major conflict with distinction. During that time, the regiment has won an outstanding 93 battle honours and 11 Victoria Crosses.
The regiment is created as a personal ‘Lyfe Guard’ for Charles I.
1815 - The regiment plays a key role at the Battle of Waterloo.
The regiment faces some of the heaviest fighting in both World Wars.
The 2nd Battalion plays a key role in the Falklands War.
The 1st Battalion deploys to Iraq as part of Operation Telic.
The 1st Battalion deploys to Afghanistan on Operation Herrick. In 2007 the Scots Guards were the first battlegroup to use the Warrior Vehicle in Helmand.