The restructuring within the British Army, the Royal Regiment of Scotland was created by the then Secretary of State, Geoff Hoon in 2004. A merger of regiments and infantry battalion to 36 in number.This vastly reduced the capabilities of the British Army and seen many fine regiments disbanded or amalgamated into large units.
1 one was patched together with the Royal Scots and the Kings own borderer's.
2 The others formed single battalions and is the largest infantry regiment.
1 SCOTS, 1st Battalion The Royal Scots Borderer
2 SCOTS,The 2nd Battalion The Royal Highland Fusiliers.
3 SCOTS, The 3rd Battalion The Black Watch.
4 SCOTS, The 4th Battalion The Highlanders.
5 SCOTS, 5th Battalion Balaklava Company.
6 SCOTS, 52nd Lowland, 6th Battalion Reserve.
7 SCOTS, 51st Highland, 7th Battalion Reserve.
The Regiment of Scotland is the only Regiment allowed to keep some of the old regiment names with a new common regimental badge.,recognition flash stable belts, tartan and Glengarry headdress. It has also retained the hackles worn by each battalion.the Regiment of Scotland is one of only two line infantry regiments to keep its military band within the Corps of Music. In the last 70 years every regiment of the line has been reduced, amalgamated or disbanded. This process is still going on today with fierce opposition from support groups.When it was confirmed to amalgamate the regiments the first Battalion The Black Watch was on active duty in Iraq and and Hoon was accused of betraying the soldiers with little regard for the traditions of Scottish Regiments.As part of the Army reform package. it was announced that the 5th Battalion Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders would be downgraded to an to a paper company for parade duties and no longer a fighting unit.
It is not clear what is going to happen to the Royal Regiment of Scotland. It is possible that the regiment will be enlarged due to the conflict in Europe