The Army in Scotland

Scottish soldiers are currently deployed around the world, including working with the Iraqi Security Forces and UN missions in South Sudan and Cyprus.

Scotland is home to Stirling-based 51st Infantry Brigade and HQ Scotland, one of the Army’s operational, engagement and resilience infantry brigades.

Its 4,000-plus soldiers deliver UK operations around the world, provide emergency support to Scottish and local government, and engage and build the capacity of UK allies and partners across the Middle East.

The Royal Regiment of Scotland consists of seven battalions located across Scotland and the UK: 1 SCOTS, the Royal Scots Borderers, are in Belfast; 2 SCOTS, The Royal Highland Fusiliers, in Penicuik; 3 SCOTS, The Black Watch, Fort George; 4 SCOTS, The Highlanders, Yorkshire; 5 SCOTS, Balaklava Company, Edinburgh; 6 Scots, 52 Lowland, are in Glasgow and across Southern Scotland; 7 Scots, 51 Highland, are in Perth and across the Highlands.

Other British Army regiments based in Scotland include the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards in Leuchars, 39 Engineer Regiment in Kinloss and 3 RIFLES in Edinburgh, with Scots regiments the Scots Guards and 19 Regiment Royal Artillery based in Aldershot and Tidworth.

Three major units from 51st Brigade, The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards (SCOTS DG), 3 SCOTS and 2 SCOTS, spent much of 2017-18 training for, and deploying on, United Nations’ operations in South Sudan and Cyprus, and to Iraq, where they mentored the Iraqi Security Forces and Kurdish Peshmerga, as part of the UK’s contribution to the international effort against Daesh.

The Army is fully integrated with the Scottish blue light services to help respond to emergency situations from natural disasters to terrorist incidents. Scotland based units supported counter terrorism efforts in Manchester and London in 2017 by freeing up civilian police to protect the affected cities. Personnel and equipment from all three Armed Services, coordinated by the Army, supported the transportation of essential NHS staff to and from their places off work during severe snowstorms in March 2018, conducting 353 tasks in three days across Lothian, Fife and Tayside as part of UK-wide efforts.

The Army Personnel Centre is based in Kentigern House in Glasgow, and a Personnel Recovery Centre is in Edinburgh.

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Ministry of Defence website - external link

Find out more about armed forces and security in Scotland.

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