Welcome to Scotland: a guide for Service personnel and their families - updated 2023

Welcome to Scotland is a guide to support service personnel and their families upon their move to Scotland. Due to the moving nature of service personnel and their families they can be transferred to different bases. This booklet gives key information on what to expect when moving to Scotland.


I am delighted, on behalf of the Scottish Government, to have this opportunity to welcome you and your family to Scotland. Our Armed Forces community is a true asset and we are committed to ensuring that we deliver the best possible level of care and support to service families during your time here.

Having recently been re-appointed to the role of Minister for Veterans, which I previously held from 2018-2021, I look forward to building on the excellent work of my predecessor Keith Brown. Like Keith I am passionate about championing your interests and delivering the aims of the Armed Forces Covenant.

Here in Scotland we recognise the importance of ensuring close integration between the Armed Forces and local communities. This booklet has been designed specifically to help support you with your move and provides practical information on key topics such as housing, education, healthcare and employment.

I hope you will find it helpful and that you and your family enjoy the many benefits that our beautiful country has to offer.

Graeme Dey
Minister for Veterans


Email: veteransunit@gov.scot

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