Our Fighting Role

Since its formation more than 375 years ago, the Scots Guards has forged a reputation as one of the toughest fighting units in the British Army. As Light Mechanised Infantry Regiment, it uses Foxhound vehicles to rapidly move troops across the battlefield and engage enemy troops.

Scots Guardsmen are fiercely proud of their history. As fighting soldiers, we have a hard-won reputation, deploying on operations all over the world, most recently in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Scots Guardsmen are primarily infantry soldiers. During the path to becoming a first-class soldier, Guardsmen acquire a large host of specialised skills; including team-medics, armoured vehicle drivers, translators, search specialists, weapons system specialists and a vast array of other disciplines focused on operations today.

A Life Less Ordinary Since 1642

The Scots Guards are an infantry regiment steeped in history, with soldiers renowned for their discipline and courage in battle. We are Light Mechanised Infantry as part of 7 Light Mechanised Brigade Combat Team and train to use our speed to cross the battlefield quickly and launch onto difficult objectives.

In addition to our combat role, the regiment’s ceremonial company has the special honour of acting as guards at the royal residencies such as Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace. Our traditional uniform – a red tunic, with buttons in threes, and bearskin cap, without plume, – is famous the world over.

The Rifle Companies

Right Flank, C Company, and Left Flank are the three rifle companies, each containing between 100 and 150 soldiers. Our rifle companies consist of three platoons and a headquarters. These companies are the 3 main manoeuvre assets of the battalion.


Guardsman: When you join the Scots Guards, you will not just have a career, but a life. Scots Guardsmen are trained to the highest standards.

Officer: There are only a few commissions available in the Scots Guards each year and competition is fierce.

If you are interested in serving across the globe with one the most famous infantry Regiments then follow the link above for details on entry requirements and procedures.

Headquarter Company

Headquarter Company (HQ Coy) is responsible for supporting the Battalion by providing direction, logistics and administrative support. There are various elements within HQ Coy including the Signals Platoon, Mechanical Motor Transport Platoon, Quartermasters Department (logistics) and a number of attachments (chefs, weapons systems engineers, medical technicians and mechanics).

Support Company

B Company (B Coy) is the Support Company. It is split down into four platoons, each taking on a specialist function; Reconnaissance, Mortars, Anti-Tanks and Machine Guns. Each platoon employs an array of specialist weapons, including 81mm mortars, the Javelin anti-tank missile, 40mm Grenade Machine Gun, 12.7mm Heavy Machine Gun, 7.62mm General Purpose Machine Gun in the sustained fire role and the .338 sniper rifle. The Mortar platoon is mounted in new Husky vehicles while the remaining three platoons operate from the Jackal.

Life in the Battalion

The Battalion offers a varied and challenging working environment. One day you could be on an adventure training exercise in Nepal, the next packing your kit to go to deploy to the most interesting and often troubled counties in the world, at a moments notice.


The Battalion competes to a high standard in football and rugby, while many Guardsmen represent the Regiment in cross-country, skiing and squash. There are more than 45 different sports on offer and if you’re good enough, you can play your sport right up to Army and national level.