SAS soldier utilizing local transport in Malaya
During this period in Malaya a unit was being formed for a jungle fighting role known as The Malayan Scouts (Special Air Service Regiment). It had a Far East War Establishment number and its conditions of service, recruitment and tour of duty details were laid down in ACI’s. Due to its operational success a report was sent to the War Office dated 22 December 1951 for an increase and revision of its War Establishment. Also for it to be officially incorporated into the British Army SAS Regiment, as 22 Special Air Service Regiment. There were a further number of ACI’s revising the conditions of service and the War Establishment. We believe that ACI.460/1952 (DATED 16 July), which covered the changes to the War Establishment, was the instruction that brought the Malayan Scouts into the British Army Order of Battle as 22 SAS Regiment, as a battalion of the SAS Regiment. ACI.376/1953 (dated 4 July 1953) brought revised conditions of service for 22 SAS Regiment “a unit of the Special Air Service Regiment serving in Malaya in a special jungle fighting role”.
23 Special Air Service Regiment (Territorial Army) was formed in February 1958 as a result of the direct military requirements of 1(BR) Corps in the British Sector of West Germany. The unit was formed from the Reserve Reconnaissance Unit, who were studying the possible methods of acquiring accurate battlefield surveillance, ie., nuclear targets. The Units Annual Camp in 1957 was structured to test the new proposed role, the results being excellent and convincing, so much so that 1(BR) Corps requested that the Unit be brought onto their Order of Battle. In reviewing the reorganisation of the Unit it was felt that the Unit should keep its Territorial status,
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