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The Army in Scotland

Scottish soldiers are currently deployed around the world, working with NATO partners in Europe, helping the UN mission in South Sudan and supporting our partners in Iraq.

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

The 4,000-plus soldiers in Scotland deliver UK operations around the world, providing emergency support to Scottish and local governments, engaging with and building the capacities of UK allies and partners across the Middle East. They can do this due to the diverse range of capabilities of the British Army units based in Scotland.

The Royal Regiment of Scotland is headquartered in Edinburgh and consists of seven infantry 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 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 a 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.

Units from the Army in Scotland have contributed to international security and peace activities over the last year. 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 in support of NATO’s Enhanced Forward Presence and 39 ENGR went to South Sudan to help the UN work there.

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’s Regular and Reserve soldiers only form part of the larger Armed Forces Community with thousands of Veterans, family members and Cadets living and working across Scotland. The Army supports education by providing STEM and soft skills training to pupils and is currently working with Community Justice Scotland on a pilot scheme helping recovering addicts and those convicted of crime to stabilise their lives. The Army also contributes to sporting life in Scotland with Army personnel involved in a range of sporting and adventurous activities and has made inroads into the cultural scene with the Army@thefringe venue during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

The Army has a long heritage and tradition in Scotland and this is reflected by the significant contribution the Army in Scotland makes to major ceremonial events such as Holyrood Week or the world famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Army units also regularly parade and celebrate their local links with towns and cities across Scotland, whether marking a historic occasion, celebrate a return from Operations or to honour the fallen during Remembrance.

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