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Kinloss Barracks to welcome additional sub-unit

By Chris Saunderson

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THE Future Soldier defence review will see £355 million invested in the Army estate in Scotland.

Major General Bill Wright, Scotland’s Senior General Officer said: "This provides an opportunity for more Scottish soldiers to be based nearer home, whilst delivering a broader range of exciting roles.”

An additional sub-unit will be based at Kinloss Barracks, which is home to 39 Engineer Regiment and currently has around 800 personnel.

Kinloss Barracks is home to 39 Engineer Regiment.Picture: Daniel Forsyth
Kinloss Barracks is home to 39 Engineer Regiment.Picture: Daniel Forsyth

The 2nd and 3rd Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Scotland will continue to be based in Scotland with 2 Scots staying in Edinburgh and 3 Scots staying in Inverness until 2029 before moving to Leuchars - forming an integral part of a new Security Force Assistance Brigade.

The Scots Dragoon Guards will remain as a Light Cavalry Regiment based out of Leuchars.

Glencorse Barracks has been saved from closure and the closure of Redford Barracks has been delayed by four years to 2029, with plans to close Fort George, Inverness continuing as planned.

The closure of Fort George will go ahead.Picture: Gary Anthony.
The closure of Fort George will go ahead.Picture: Gary Anthony.

Reserve Forces across the UK will be given increased responsibility. This includes the 6th and 7th Battalions of the Royal Regiment of Scotland and the Scottish and North Irish Yeomanry who, in 2023, will form part of the new 19th Brigade, responsible for generating forces for home-based resilience tasks, especially in times of crises.

The Scottish Gunners, (19 Regiment, Royal Artillery) will form a critical part of a new Deep Recce Strike Brigade Combat Team. Based on Salisbury Plain, the Brigade Combat Team will provide the British Army with an extremely long-range surveillance capability and precision fires.

Commander of the Field Army, Lieutenant General Ralph Wooddisse said: “Future Soldier is the next step in the evolution of the British Army; it is the most radical change for the British Army in 20 years.

"It will change the way we fight and operate, and make us more lethal, agile and lean. It will be underpinned by changes to structure, technology, and workforce.

"Future Soldier is fundamentally about ensuring the British Army is a competitive and resilient organisation able to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow, wherever they may be.”

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