The Royal Scottish Navy is a senior service of the Armed Forces. The Navy's main responsibility is protecting Scottish fish stocks and oil rigs in the North Sea; it is made up of a small number of patrol vessels and a small number of frigates and destroyers - in total numbering 20 ships.
Royal Scottish Air ForceThere are currently two RSAF military airfields, in addition to an RSAF Air Traffic Control Centre and two rescue helicopter stations. The Air Force consists of 60 military aircraft, mainly being fighter jets for defence, though no fast jets
Scottish ArmyThe Scottish Army makes up the bulk of the Scottish armed forces, closely followed by the Navy. The flag is used in both the general flag of the army, but also the "camp flag" of the headquarters corps.
===Scottish Military Police===
The Scottish Military Police is a force in charge of policing Scottish Military Forces in Scotland and Overseas. While they only have jurisdiction over military personnel, they can arrest members of the public with the police and Criminal Evidence Act, which allows any person to arrest any individual if they have reasonable grounds to - and that an official civilian constable is not available to do so.
Medical CorpsThe Scottish Medical Corps is a division of the Scottish armed forces in charge of medically treating individuals. While Scotland does not use its armed forces in an offensive fashion, it is expecting to be sending medical personnel to help in disaster relief or treating in conflicts.
While Scotland's forces are pledged to defensive measures, the government is currently discussing sending personnel to serve with the UN as peacekeepers, to help medically in conflicts, and to help in disaster relief around the world.
First Minister Alex Salmond has also pledged that, should he become Prime Minister, Medical and Humanitarian workers will serve in Kurdistan in an absolutely non-combatant role.
Full Ceremonial UniformThe ceremonial Uniform of the Scottish Armed Force is, for ceremonial parades and public duties, such as the guard at Edinburgh Castle. The Royal Guards Regiment uniform is the traditional uniform of the Scots Guards, with a bearskin cap and scarlet tunic (with the buttons grouped in threes). The uniform of the 1st Infantry Battalion features a traditional Glengarry cap, Blue Tunic with green and red facings and Government Tartan Trews. This Battalion is the successor to the Royal Scots Borders (1st Battalion Royal Regiment of Scotland), who themselves are descended from the Royal Scots (The Royal Regiment) and the King's Own Scottish Borderers who as Lowland regiments did not, with the exception of pipers,wear the Kilt, hence the tartan trews. The Uniform of the other infantry battalions are very similar except they wear a Kilt rather than trews as they are descended from the Highlander regiments, the Highlands being the region of Scotland where the kilt was traditionally worn. These are based on No 1 Dress Uniform of the Royal Regiment of Scotland. There are two forms of Full Dress Uniform for armoured regiments, as these are successors to the Cavalry and adopt cavalry traditions; as such it falls to them to provide a mounted escort during a state visits or other large-scale official events. The mounted uniform consists of a blue cavalry tunic complete, black riding trousers and boots, and a white cross belt.This is very similar to the Blue Hussars Uniform who were the mounted escort of the Irish President, but substitutes the busby with a pillar box cap. The full dress uniform for non-mounted troopers is a black tunic and trews with gold facings and stripe, with a forage cap. The caps of the two squadrons are different: The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards have a red cap with the distinctive gold chevron pattern, but the Armoured Corps have a green cap. The dismounted uniform is based on No 1 Dress of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards. The "Army Standard" refers to the artillery, medics, engineers, etc, who support the combat units. They all wear a similar uniform and are only distinguished by cap and collar badge. This is a Glengarry cap, blue tunic with green and red facings and black trews with a red stripe. The Air Force Full Dress Uniform is sky blue. It features a tunic with navy collar, and trews with a gold stripe and a forage cap. The cap badge of a winged thistle, is inspired by the logo of the modern "Flying Scotsman" the morning express between Edinburgh and London. The navy uniform consists of the traditional sailor uniform worn by navies everywhere. Full dress has a white belt, gaiters and a chin strap on the cap. The cap simply reads "Scotland" rather than the ship or unit name, similar to the Irish Navy cap which reads "Eire". It also has a blue Toorie. The Marine Infantry wear a similar uniform to the army but with red facing and white helmet similar to that worn by Royal Marines.
Ceremonial Band UniformThe Infantry Band wear the Victorian style uniform previously worn by the British Band of the Royal Regiment of Scotland. The Cavalry Band Uniform is also based on that of the Band of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards (the regimental band not the pipe band). The Army Central Band, which is the reserve band and provides music to the support units and others, is the same as the infantry band but wear the blue standard army tunic. The Air Force Band wear a blue tunic with gold facings and a busby. The Pipe band wear the feather bonnet, sky blue tunic and complete highland dress which is in RSAF tartan. Similarly to the British pipe band of the Royal Air Force. The Navy band are distinguished by white trousers, and marine pipers wear a black tunic and Glengarry with full Highland dress in government tartan. Army Pipers are not included as each battalion has its own pipe band who with dress the same as the private soldier or dress the same as the army central band but with Royal Stewart tartan rather than government tartan.
Class A Dress Uniform
All forms of Class A uniform in the Army are similar, the only difference being the head gear, collar and cap badges. For the army either a forage cap or Glengarry is worn. Military Police wear a crimson forage cap and an "MP" armband. The Royal Guard forage cap has red, white and green dicing (as does the Glengarrys of the infantry). This is the same for Marines but with a white cap (and slightly darker green). The Air Force wear a jacket rather than the tunic of Full Dress Uniform without a belt. The navy Class A Uniform has only slight changes which are no belts, gaiters and chin strap on the cap is worn.
Class B and C Work UniformsThe Class B and C uniforms are the everyday uniforms; Class B Uniform is a barracks uniform, worn when in camp by officers and senior NCOs or those employed in more administrative roles. Class C Uniform is designed to be worn outside, especially for physical work. Class B consists of combat trousers and boots, a shirt, tie and jumper (which is not worn in daytime in the Summer). There is also a tartan belt in the regimental tartan. Class C Uniform consists of the same but with combat shirt and/or jacket replacing the jumper, shirt and tie and a black tactical belt replacing the tartan one. The Combat Shirts and Jackets also have a nation flag patch on the left arm and unit patch on the right. The Infantry wear khaki Sham O Tanter bonnets whereas the rest of the army wear berets, which, with the exception of the military police, are either khaki or black. In most cases a regimental tartan patch is worn behind the cap badge. The Armoured Units wear black overalls as their Class C uniform, and they also wear black in Class B. The Air Force Class B Uniform is the same as the army but blue. The Air Force Class C consists of flight uniform. The Navy Class B Uniform is a white shirt and black trousers. Officers and senior rates wear a tie. The Navy Class C Uniform is blue overalls and no cap, and only worn by those in Engineering or seamanship roles.
Full Ceremonial Uniform
Ceremonial Band Uniform
Class A Dress Uniform
Class B and C Work Uniforms