Welcome to Scotland: a guide for service personnel and their families in Scotland (updated 2021)

Provides practical information to service personnel and their families on topics such as housing, education, healthcare and employment.


On behalf of the Scottish Government, it is my pleasure to welcome you and your family to Scotland.

The Scottish Government is firmly committed to supporting our Armed Forces Community. We have a long military tradition here in Scotland and hold our Armed Forces and their families in high esteem.

We are highly supportive of the aims of the Armed Forces Covenant and the commitment of organisations across Scotland to build enhanced support for the Armed Forces community and foster better integration between the community and the Armed Forces.

This booklet has been designed to help you with what you need to know about your move. We are a close-knit society and are committed to ensuring that members of the Armed Forces and their family members are fully supported when accessing our services. We have a proud track record of working in close partnership with local authorities, the wider public sector and charities to help us ensure you are able to access the best possible care and support. Ultimately, we hope that you will consider Scotland as your long-term home.

I hope you find this booklet useful and that you and your family enjoy the great benefits that our beautiful country has to offer.

Graeme Dey MSP Minister for Parliamentary Business and Veterans


Email: vafpu@gov.scot

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