Quarter guard

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The quarter guard is a military depot in an Indian Army unit. The quarter guard is the main point of security arrangements for the army camp/garrison. The regimental colours, the armoury and the treasury would be kept in this building. In addition to this the quarter guard also has a lock up to hold soldiers charged with minor crimes (absent without leave, drunkenness being among the usual crimes).

The standard guard strength is 6 guards + 1 guard 2/ic (2nd in command) + 1 guard commander (usually a Naik or Havildar). Additionally in some units a bugler would also be present for calling the various duty calls etc. At the time of emergencies/threats the strength of the guard would be increased.

The Armoury is a part of the quarter guard. A Quarter Guard is a place of pride for the Army Unit and the guards detailed on duty there are always in ceremonials. A visiting dignitary invariably visits the Quarter Guard. A quarter Guard is expected to reflect the high standards of the unit. It has some relation with the number of troops in presidential guard.