Scotland’s cavalry: a formidable fighting force
The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards is a light cavalry regiment famous for its iconic victory at the Battle of Waterloo. The regiment combines an illustrious history spanning more than 300 years with expertise in the latest battlefield reconnaissance technology.
2 July 1971
Soldiers in the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards are masters of reconnaissance. They include personnel with diverse skills, from snipers and machine gunners to guided missile operators, all of whom navigate across any terrain in the Jackal 2 armoured vehicle.
- Driving a Jackal 2 armoured vehicle
- Firing heavy and grenade machine guns
- Communication with radios
- Gathering and passing on intelligence
- Commanding from the front
- Making judgement calls in tough situations
The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards is currently peacekeeping along the UN buffer zone in Cyprus.
- Operation Telic (Iraq)
- Operation Herrick (Afghanistan)
Royal Scots Dragoons need to be smart, fit and motivated – and despite its name, the regiment recruits from across the UK. As well as excellent soldiers, the SCOTS DG counts professional rugby players and an award-winning pipe band among its ranks.
The serving regiment is currently based in Leuchars in Fife, Scotland. The regiment’s home headquarters are in an historic Edinburgh Castle, which also contains a museum dedicated to its history.
The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards
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The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards is a light cavalry regiment that specialises in reconnaissance. It uses light vehicles such as the Jackal 2 and the Coyote tactical support vehicle to operate in front of their comrades, monitoring enemy forces and sending information back to commanders.
Soldiers in the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards also use a formidable arsenal of weapons, including machine guns, mortars, sniper rifles and anti-tank missiles, to immobilise and destroy enemy forces.
Off the battlefield, the regiment takes part in ceremonial duties, including a prominent role in the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
Past to Present
The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards is made up of several historical regiments who, between them, have earned a total of 88 battle honours, 50 of which are borne on the regimental standard. The eagle on the regiment’s cap badge dates from the Battle of Waterloo, when the Royal Scots Greys captured the French Imperial Eagle.
The Royal Scots Greys (so-called for their grey horses) are formed in Scotland
The Carabiniers are raised to supress the Duke of Monmouth’s rebellion
The Royal Scots Greys capture the Eagle of the 45th Regiment at the battle of Waterloo
The Royal Scots Guards take part in the charge of the Heavy Brigade at Balaclava
All of the officers in 3rd Carabiniers’ B Squadron are killed at Nunshigum
The Royal Scots Greys and the 3rd Carabiniers merge to form the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards
Royal Scots Dragoon Guards
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Where we are
We are located in Scotland