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The Royal Scots Borderers (1 SCOTS)

The Royal Scots Borderers, 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (1 SCOTS) is based in Palace Barracks near Belfast. 1 SCOTS soldiers are currently training for their new role as one of the Army’s first Specialised Infantry Battalions.

In their new role, 1 SCOTS will deliver operational capacity building tasks to provide an increased contribution to Defence Engagement, countering terrorism and building stability overseas.

The Battalion will move to Aldershot by 2019 in order to be co-located with the Specialised Infantry Group HQ.

This year, 1 SCOTS will be starting a continued cycle of training and preparation for operations focusing on its new composition of small, highly trained teams. Their training includes a planned exercise in Kenya in the summer.

Recent operational commitments for 1 SCOTS have included:

  • a company of soldiers deploying to Kabul on Op TORAL, part of whose duties was to provide force protection to NATO advisers mentoring security institutions critical to Afghanistan’s future success
  • deploying 250 soldiers as part of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus
  • a deployment to Sierra Leone, joining the fight against the Ebola virus
  • a company of soldiers held at readiness to support Operation ALTHEA in Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • sending small teams to train to local forces in Gabon, Malawi, Zambia and Uganda.

Sport and adventure training play an important part of life at 1 SCOTS. Fitness, leadership, teamwork, courage and self-reliance are deployed through a rigorous programme including everything from football to skiing, sailing and parachuting.

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