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The Army in Scotland

Almost 10,000 regular and reserve troops and MOD civil servants work for the Army in Scotland.  They deliver UK operations and support to our allies around the world and provide emergency support to the Scottish Government local authorities and public bodies.

The British Army in Scotland

Scotland is home to a wide range of British Army units with diverse capabilities.

51st Infantry Brigade and HQ Scotland is one of the Army’s Adaptive Force Brigades and is based in Stirling.

The Royal Regiment of Scotland is headquartered in Edinburgh and consists of six infantry battalions and a public duties company (four regular battalions, one regular incremental company and two reserve 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 in Fort George; 4 SCOTS, The Highlanders in Catterick; 5 SCOTS, Balaklava Company in Edinburgh; 6 SCOTS, 52 Lowland in Glasgow and across Southern Scotland; 7 SCOTS, 51 Highland, are in Perth and across the Highlands and Islands.

Other British Army regiments in Scotland include the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards (SCOTS DG) and 2 Close Support Battalion Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers 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. The Army Personnel Centre is in Kentigern House in Glasgow, and The Personnel Recovery Centre is in Edinburgh.

In addition to the above there are a number of Army Reserve units resident across Scotland. The Scottish & North Irish Yeomanry, 5 Military Intelligence Battalion and 105 Regiment Royal Artillery are headquartered in Edinburgh, 32 Signal Regiment and 205 Field Hospital in Glasgow, 225 Medical Regiment in Dundee, 71 Engineer Regiment in Leuchars, and 154 Regiment Royal Logistics Corps in Dunfermline.  All of these have sub-units across various locations in Scotland, leading to a an almost universal footprint of Army units.

Units from the Army in Scotland have contributed to international security and peace activities. 3 RIFLES deployed 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 SCOTS DG have been in Poland, from 2019 to 2020, in support of NATO’s Enhanced Forward Presence and 39 ENGR went to South Sudan to help the UN work there.  More recently, 2 SCOTS come back from the NATO Training and Mentoring mission in Kabul (OP TORAL) in April 2021, to be replaced by 3 SCOTS from April to October 2021.

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