Trucial Oman Scouts


60th Anniversary

Our party of 60 TOS veterans who returned to the UAE on 2-11 March 2012 would like to express our sincere thanks to everyone in the UAE.  See message below


The Trucial Oman Scouts was a security force established in 1951 (initially as the Trucial Oman Levies) to defend the seven emirates of Trucial Oman and keep the peace. TOS officers later established the Dubai Police (1956–), the TOS Cadet School (1964–71), the Abu Dhabi Defence Force (1965–76), the Ras al-Khaimah Mobile Force (1969–96), the Dubai Defence Force (1971–96), and the Sharjah National Guard (1972–76). Upon independence, when the emirates merged to become the United Arab Emirates, the TOS was renamed the Union Defence Force. In 1976, the UDF, ADDF, DDF, and RAKMF were unified to form the UAE Armed Forces, and the SNG merged with the UAE Federal Police.

The TOS had an impeccable record over the course of its twenty-year existence: it defended the emirates against hostile forces, peacefully settled tribal and territorial disputes, policed the land, served as a stabilizing influence, and provided an honourable career and valuable training for thousands of Emiratis. It was modeled on Jordan’s Arab Legion –– as a joint partnership between Arabs and Britons, and a combined Arab and British leadership –– with the Arab Legion providing the force’s first commanding officer and NCOs.

In 2011, the TOS celebrates its 60th anniversary and the UAE its 40th. The TOS was the first truly federal, Emirati institution in which men from all seven emirates worked together, shoulder to shoulder, as fellow citizens of what would become the UAE. It was a cornerstone of the Union. The success of the TOS has contributed to the excellent relations between the UAE and Britain to this very day.

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