of 1 Guards
SAFGU was formed on 1st
June 1968, and the main role of this unit was
to provide guards for vital SAF installations
as well as for ceremonial duties including the
provision of the Guard-of-Honour and Prestige
Guard for foreign dignitaries visiting the Republic.
Eventually, besides guards
and ceremonial duties, the officers and men
of SAFGU were also given infantry training to
prepare them for a larger operational role.
It was intended for the unit to be trained in
order to assume the tasks of an infantry battalion.
On 1st July 1977,
SAFGU was renamed 1 Guards and came under the
command of 7 SIB. It moved from Portsdown Road
into Seletar East Camp in January 1979.
1 Guards ceased its ceremonial
duties at the Istana as of 1st Mar
1980 to concentrate on her operational role,
and the duties were handed over to the SAF Provost
Unit. The old SAFGU Colours were retired and
1 Guards received her new Regimental and State
Colours in July 1983.
To her credit, in 1992,
1 Guards was the first unit in the SAF to achieve
REDCON I in the training evaluation exercise
conducted by the Battalion Training Evaluation
Centre (BTEC), and was the Best Infantry Unit
in 1992 and 1996.
Since November 1995 1 Guards
has been based in Dieppe Barracks, co-located
with HQ Guards.