FACTS & FIGURES
16 March 1642
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.
- Combat Soldiers – At readiness to deploy anywhere
- Guardians - The protectors of the Monarchy for 375 years
- Family - Loyal and committed to our soldiers
- Specialists – Using the latest weapons and vehicles
- Innovators – Leading military thought with new ideas
- Agility – Versatile in operations and training
- Fitness - Progressive training to prepare for combat
- Tradition – A war-fighting pedigree since 1642
High-readiness armoured infantry brigade
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.
- Operation Granby (Kuwait/Iraq 1991)
- Operation Telic (Iraq 2004, 2008)
- Operation Herrick (Afghanistan 2007, 2010)
- Operation Tosca (Cyprus 2018-2019)
- Operation Elgin (Kosovo 2021)
- Operation Shader (Iraq 2021)
- Operation Orbital (Ukraine 2021)
- Operation Cabrit (Estonia 2022)
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 Somme Barracks in Catterick Garrison, North Yorkshire.
The Scots Guards
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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 cap – is famous the world over.
Past to Present
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.
As part of Options for Change the 2nd Battalion was placed in permanent suspended animation.
F Company, formerly of the 2nd Battalion acted as the custodians of the colours and traditions of the 2nd Battalion, based in Wellington Barracks, London on public duties.
F Company Scots Guards Troop their Colour in front of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, for what would be the final time and during an adapted COVID 19 compliant parade.
1st Battalion Scots Guards
Somme Barracks, Catterick Garrison DL9 4LD
F Company Scots Guards
Wellington Barracks, London, SW1E 6HQ Contact: 020 7414 5120
List of Equipment used
Grenade Machine Gun
Heavy Machine Gun
L129A1 Sharpshooter Rifle
General Purpose Machine Gun
SA80 Individual Weapon
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1st Battalion Scots Guards