Lieutenant Colonel Gary Tait
Lt Col Gary Tait joined the British Army in 1983 into the 1st Battalion The Royal Scots (The Royal Regiment), a Light Role infantry battalion. He progressed through the Rifle Company appointments that included a spell in the Signal Platoon and as an Armoured Infantry Gunnery instructor. He held appointments at the Scottish Divisional Depot as an Instructor and RMAS as an officer cadet. He has deployed on operational tours of Northern Ireland, The Gulf war, Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan.
Commissioned in 2002 he held posts as the Unit Welfare Officer, Officer Commanding the Regimental Recruiting Team and Regimental Career Management Officer. Gary was further employed at the Army Personnel Centre as a Staff Officer before attending Staff College in Shrivenham for 9 months. He studied with Kings College London for an MA and undertook a senior staff appointment in a Divisional Headquarters. Gary was the lead staff officer for the implementation of the Army Recovery Centre at the Erskine Edinburgh home.
From 2010 to 2016 Gary was back at regimental duty undertaking a further two operational tours of Helmand in Afghanistan and supporting a further tour of duty in Kabul. He held the post of Executive Officer for 6 SCOTS based in Glasgow from 2016 to 2018. He is currently employed as the SO1 for Service Personnel Welfare at MOD Whitehall.
Gary is also further engaged as a director with British Forces Broadcasting Service and as the Chairman of McCrae’s Battalion Trust. He also recently led a team that was credited as the Army Benevolent Fund fundraisers of the year.
Gary was awarded the MBE in 2002, a Queens Commendation for Valuable Service in 2014 and a Chief of the General Staff’s commendation in 2016.