Royal Logistic Corps
Overview
 
The Royal Logistic Corps (RLC) provides logistic support
Logistics
Logistics is the management of the flow of goods between the point of origin and the point of destination in order to meet the requirements of customers or corporations. Logistics involves the integration of information, transportation, inventory, warehousing, material handling, and packaging, and...

 functions to the British Army
British Army
The British Army is the land warfare branch of Her Majesty's Armed Forces in the United Kingdom. It came into being with the unification of the Kingdom of England and Scotland into the Kingdom of Great Britain in 1707. The new British Army incorporated Regiments that had already existed in England...

. It is the largest Corps
Corps
A corps is either a large formation, or an administrative grouping of troops within an armed force with a common function such as Artillery or Signals representing an arm of service...

 in the Army, comprising around 17% of its strength. The RLC flag is dark blue with the Corps Badge emblazoned on the centre.
The Royal Logistic Corps (RLC) was formed on Monday 5 April 1993, by the union of the following British Army corps:
  • Royal Corps of Transport
    Royal Corps of Transport
    The Royal Corps of Transport was a British Army Corps formed in 1965 from the transport elements of the Royal Army Service Corps and the movement control element of the Royal Engineers . The depot was Buller Barracks in Aldershot...

  • Royal Army Ordnance Corps
    Royal Army Ordnance Corps
    The Royal Army Ordnance Corps was a corps of the British Army. It dealt only with the supply and maintenance of weaponry, munitions and other military equipment until 1965, when it took over most other supply functions, as well as the provision of staff clerks, from the Royal Army Service...

  • Royal Pioneer Corps
    Royal Pioneer Corps
    The Royal Pioneer Corps was a British Army combatant corps used for light engineering tasks.The Royal Pioneer Corps was raised on 17 October 1939 as the Auxiliary Military Pioneer Corps. It was renamed the Pioneer Corps on 22 November 1940...

  • Army Catering Corps
    Army Catering Corps
    The Army Catering Corps was a corps of the British Army, responsible for the feeding of all Army units. It was originally formed in March 1941 as part of the Royal Army Service Corps, and became a corps in its own right in 1965....

  • Royal Engineers
    Royal Engineers
    The Corps of Royal Engineers, usually just called the Royal Engineers , and commonly known as the Sappers, is one of the corps of the British Army....

     Postal and Courier Service


The RLC comprises both Regular and Territorial Army units.
The RLC is the only (Combat Service Support) Corps of the British Army with battle honours, derived from the usage of previous transport elements (Royal Waggon Train, etc.) as heavy cavalry.
Encyclopedia
The Royal Logistic Corps (RLC) provides logistic support
Logistics
Logistics is the management of the flow of goods between the point of origin and the point of destination in order to meet the requirements of customers or corporations. Logistics involves the integration of information, transportation, inventory, warehousing, material handling, and packaging, and...

 functions to the British Army
British Army
The British Army is the land warfare branch of Her Majesty's Armed Forces in the United Kingdom. It came into being with the unification of the Kingdom of England and Scotland into the Kingdom of Great Britain in 1707. The new British Army incorporated Regiments that had already existed in England...

. It is the largest Corps
Corps
A corps is either a large formation, or an administrative grouping of troops within an armed force with a common function such as Artillery or Signals representing an arm of service...

 in the Army, comprising around 17% of its strength. The RLC flag is dark blue with the Corps Badge emblazoned on the centre.

History

The Royal Logistic Corps (RLC) was formed on Monday 5 April 1993, by the union of the following British Army corps:
  • Royal Corps of Transport
    Royal Corps of Transport
    The Royal Corps of Transport was a British Army Corps formed in 1965 from the transport elements of the Royal Army Service Corps and the movement control element of the Royal Engineers . The depot was Buller Barracks in Aldershot...

  • Royal Army Ordnance Corps
    Royal Army Ordnance Corps
    The Royal Army Ordnance Corps was a corps of the British Army. It dealt only with the supply and maintenance of weaponry, munitions and other military equipment until 1965, when it took over most other supply functions, as well as the provision of staff clerks, from the Royal Army Service...

  • Royal Pioneer Corps
    Royal Pioneer Corps
    The Royal Pioneer Corps was a British Army combatant corps used for light engineering tasks.The Royal Pioneer Corps was raised on 17 October 1939 as the Auxiliary Military Pioneer Corps. It was renamed the Pioneer Corps on 22 November 1940...

  • Army Catering Corps
    Army Catering Corps
    The Army Catering Corps was a corps of the British Army, responsible for the feeding of all Army units. It was originally formed in March 1941 as part of the Royal Army Service Corps, and became a corps in its own right in 1965....

  • Royal Engineers
    Royal Engineers
    The Corps of Royal Engineers, usually just called the Royal Engineers , and commonly known as the Sappers, is one of the corps of the British Army....

     Postal and Courier Service


The RLC comprises both Regular and Territorial Army units.

Battle honours

The RLC is the only (Combat Service Support) Corps of the British Army with battle honours, derived from the usage of previous transport elements (Royal Waggon Train, etc.) as heavy cavalry. The battle honours are:
  • Peninsula
    Peninsular War
    The Peninsular War was a war between France and the allied powers of Spain, the United Kingdom, and Portugal for control of the Iberian Peninsula during the Napoleonic Wars. The war began when French and Spanish armies crossed Spain and invaded Portugal in 1807. Then, in 1808, France turned on its...

  • Battle of Waterloo
    Battle of Waterloo
    The Battle of Waterloo was fought on Sunday 18 June 1815 near Waterloo in present-day Belgium, then part of the United Kingdom of the Netherlands...

  • Lucknow
    Siege of Lucknow
    The Siege of Lucknow was the prolonged defense of the Residency within the city of Lucknow during the Indian Rebellion of 1857. After two successive relief attempts had reached the city, the defenders and civilians were evacuated from the Residency, which was abandoned.Lucknow was the capital of...

  • Taku Forts
    Taku Forts
    The Dagu Forts , also called the Peiho Forts are forts located by the Hai River estuary, in Tanggu District, Tianjin municipality, in northeastern China. They are located 60 km southeast of the Tianjin urban center.-History:The first fort was built during the reign of the Ming Jiajing...

  • Pekin
    Beijing
    Beijing , also known as Peking , is the capital of the People's Republic of China and one of the most populous cities in the world, with a population of 19,612,368 as of 2010. The city is the country's political, cultural, and educational center, and home to the headquarters for most of China's...


Operational honours

Victoria Cross

The RLC has five Victoria Cross
Victoria Cross
The Victoria Cross is the highest military decoration awarded for valour "in the face of the enemy" to members of the armed forces of various Commonwealth countries, and previous British Empire territories....

 holders; these all derive historically from establishments that eventually became the Royal Corps of Transport
Royal Corps of Transport
The Royal Corps of Transport was a British Army Corps formed in 1965 from the transport elements of the Royal Army Service Corps and the movement control element of the Royal Engineers . The depot was Buller Barracks in Aldershot...

.
  • Private Samuel Morley VC.
    Samuel Morley (VC)
    Samuel Morley VC was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross , the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.-Victoria Cross:On 15 April 1858, Morley was in position at Nathupur, near Azimgurh, in...

     Military Train. 15 April 1858.
  • Private (Farrier) Michael Murphy VC (forfeited and re-listed)
    Michael Murphy (VC)
    Michael Murphy VC was an Irish recipient of the Victoria Cross , the highest award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.Murphy was born circa 1837 in Cahir, Tipperary to Michael Murphy, a local blacksmith, and his...

    . Military Train. 15 April 1858.
  • Assistant Commissary James Langley Dalton
    James Langley Dalton
    James Langley Dalton VC was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces....

     VC. Commissariat & Transport Department. 22 January 1879.
  • Second Lieutenant Alfred Cecil Herring
    Alfred Cecil Herring
    Major Alfred Cecil Herring VC was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.-Details:...

     VC. Army Service Corps. 23 March 1918.
  • Private Richard George Masters
    Richard George Masters
    Richard George Masters VC was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.-Details:...

     VC. Army Service Corps. 9 April 1918.


Albert Medal

The RLC has ten Albert Medal
Albert Medal (lifesaving)
The Albert Medal for Lifesaving was a British medal awarded to recognise the saving of life. It has since been replaced by the George Cross.The Albert Medal was first instituted by a Royal Warrant on 7 March 1866 and discontinued in 1971 with the last two awards promulgated in the London Gazette of...

 holders from its former Corps. Two of the holders exchanged their Albert Medals for the George Cross in 1971.
  • Lieutenant SA Rowlandson. Army Service Corps. 21 May 1916.
  • Staff Sergeant TM Walton. Army Service Corps. 21 May 1916.
  • Private A Anderson. Army Service Corps. 21 May 1916.
  • Private JT Lawrence. Army Service Corps. 21 May 1916.
  • Major LC Bearne DSO. Army Service Corps. 22 October 1916.
  • Private AS Usher. Army Service Corps. 22 October 1916.
  • Private A Johnson. Army Service Corps. 30 June 1918.
  • Driver A Horne. Army Service Corps. 30 June 1918.
  • Lieutenant G Rackham. Royal Army Service Corps. 27 October 1918. (Exchanged for GC)
  • Private WC Cleall. Royal Army Service Corps. 11 August 1919. (Exchanged for GC)


George Cross

The RLC has eleven holders of the George Cross
George Cross
The George Cross is the highest civil decoration of the United Kingdom, and also holds, or has held, that status in many of the other countries of the Commonwealth of Nations...

. Eight from the former Corps and three to the RLC.
  • Lieutenant William Eastman GC. Royal Army Ordnance Corps. 24 December 1940.
  • Captain Robert Jephson-Jones GC. Royal Army Ordnance Corps. 24 December 1940.
  • Corporal James Scully GC. Royal Pioneer Corps. 8 July 1941.
  • Major Kenneth Biggs GC. Royal Army Ordnance Corps. 11 October 1946.
  • Staff Sergeant Sidney Rogerson GC. Royal Army Ordnance Corps. 11 October 1946.
  • Driver Joseph Hughes GC. Royal Army Service Corps. 26 June 1947.
  • Major Stephen Styles GC. Royal Army Ordnance Corps. 11 January 1972.
  • Warrant Officer Class 1 Barry Johnson GC. Royal Army Ordnance Corps. 6 November 1990.
  • Captain Peter Norton GC. Royal Logistic Corps. 24 July 2005.
  • Staff Sergeant Kim Spencer Hughes GC
    Kim Hughes (GC)
    Warrant Officer Class 2 Kim Spencer Hughes GC is a British Army bomb disposal expert who was awarded the George Cross as a Staff Sergeant for gallant acts carried out in the Afghanistan conflict. Hughes made safe over 80 improvised explosive devices on his tour of Afghanistan...

    , Royal Logistic Corps 19 March 2010
  • Staff Sergeant Olaf Sean Schmid GC
    Olaf Schmid
    Staff Sergeant Olaf Sean George Schmid GC was a British Army bomb disposal expert who was killed in action in the Afghanistan conflict. Schmid was posthumously awarded the George Cross after he made safe 70 devices before his death in October 2009...

    , Royal Logistic Corps 1 January 2011


George Medal
George Medal
The George Medal is the second level civil decoration of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth.The GM was instituted on 24 September 1940 by King George VI. At this time, during the height of The Blitz, there was a strong desire to reward the many acts of civilian courage...


The RLC has eighty four holders of the George Medal
George Medal
The George Medal is the second level civil decoration of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth.The GM was instituted on 24 September 1940 by King George VI. At this time, during the height of The Blitz, there was a strong desire to reward the many acts of civilian courage...

, sixty seven from the Royal Army Ordnance Corps, one from the Royal Pioneer Corps, one from the Army Catering Corps and fifteen to the RLC including one first bar.
  • Private Arthur Hilton Royal Army Ordnance Corps GM 20 April 1954.
  • Warrant Officer Class 1 JRT Balding GM Royal Logistic Corps 12 October 1993, this was the first GM awarded to a member of the newly formed Royal Logistic Corps.
  • Warrant Officer Class 1 NB Thomsen GM Royal Logistic Corps 1995.
  • Warrant Officer Class 2 A Islam GM QGM Royal Logistic Corps 1997.
  • Captain R Baker GM Royal Logistic Corps, 2000
  • Captain J Priestly GM Royal Logistic Corps, 2000
  • Warrant Officer Class 2 Gary John O'Donnell
    Gary O'Donnell (British Army soldier)
    Warrant Officer Class 2 Gary John O'Donnell GM & Bar was a British Army bomb disposal expert who was awarded the George Medal twice. The George Medal is the second highest decoration for "acts of great bravery" not "in the face of the enemy". His second George Medal was the first such award in 26...

    , Royal Logistic Corps. 15 December 2006. O'Donnell was later killed by an IED
    Improvised explosive device
    An improvised explosive device , also known as a roadside bomb, is a homemade bomb constructed and deployed in ways other than in conventional military action...

     whilst serving in Afghanistan
    War in Afghanistan (2001–present)
    The War in Afghanistan began on October 7, 2001, as the armed forces of the United States of America, the United Kingdom, Australia, and the Afghan United Front launched Operation Enduring Freedom...

    . He was later posthumously awarded a second GM in March 2009 for "repeated and sustained acts of immense bravery" for his actions in Afghanistan
    War in Afghanistan (2001–present)
    The War in Afghanistan began on October 7, 2001, as the armed forces of the United States of America, the United Kingdom, Australia, and the Afghan United Front launched Operation Enduring Freedom...

     in two separate incidents in May and July 2008.

  • Capt Daniel Marc Shepherd GM Royal Logistic Corps, 19 March 2010. Killed in Afghanistan following a series of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) with which he had successfully dealt during his tour on Op HERRICK.
  • Warrant Officer Class 2 Karl Ley
    Karl Ley
    Karl Ley is Class 2 Warrant Officer in the British Army and a bomb disposal expert from the 11 EOD Regiment who was awarded the George Medal for bomb disposal duties in Afghanistan, where he defused more roadside IEDs than anyone else during his six month tour of duty.-Personal life:Born in...

     GM Royal Logisitc Corps 24 September 2010.
  • Staff Sergeant Brett George Linley GM Royal Logistic Corps 25 March 2011. Killed in Afghanistan whilst conducting Improvised Explosive Device Disposal tasks during his tour on Op HERRICK in 2010.


Conspicuous Gallantry Cross
Conspicuous Gallantry Cross
The Conspicuous Gallantry Cross is a second level military decoration of the United Kingdom armed forces. Created in 1993 and first awarded in 1995, it was instituted after a review of the British honours system to remove distinctions of rank in the awarding of gallantry decorations...


  • Staff Sergeant James Anthony Wadsworth CGC, Royal Logistic Corps. 7 March 2008


Military Cross
  • Lance Corporal DG Dickson MC Royal Logistic Corps (The Scottish Transport Regiment
    The Scottish Transport Regiment
    The Scottish Transport Regiment, The Royal Logistic Corps , is a regiment of the Territorial Army in the United Kingdom. The Scottish Transport Regiment is the only regiment of the RLC based in Scotland. It role is to provide general transport support at 'third line' for the British Army...

    ) Volunteers, 23 March 2005.
  • Captain SD Bratcher MC Royal Logistic Corps, 24 March 2006.
  • Major ID Scattergood MC Royal Logistic Corps, 25 July 2008.
  • Staff Sergeant GD Wood MC Royal logistic Corps, 24 September 2010.


Queen's Gallantry Medal
Queen's Gallantry Medal
The Queen's Gallantry Medal is the third level civil decoration of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth.It was instituted on 20 June 1974 to replace the Order of the British Empire for Gallantry, the British Empire Medal for Gallantry, and the Colonial Police Medal for Gallantry...


The RLC has one hundred and four holders of the Queen's Gallantry Medal
Queen's Gallantry Medal
The Queen's Gallantry Medal is the third level civil decoration of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth.It was instituted on 20 June 1974 to replace the Order of the British Empire for Gallantry, the British Empire Medal for Gallantry, and the Colonial Police Medal for Gallantry...

,sixty seven from the Royal Army Ordnance Corps and thirty seven to the RLC including two first bars.
  • Colonel Gary O'Sullivan MBE QGM, Royal Army Ordnance Corps. 16 April 1984
  • Warrant Officer Class 1 Robert John McLelland QGM, Royal Logistic Corps. 21 November 1994.
  • WO1 Eamon Conrad Heakin QGM, Royal Logistic Corps. 7 September 2004
  • Captain Vincent Michael Strafford QGM, Royal Logistic Corps. 19 July 2007
  • Warrant Officer Class 2 Colin Robert George Grant QGM, Royal Logistic Corps 11 September 2009 http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/northern_ireland/8249145.stm
  • Staff Sergeant John Lester QGM, Royal Logistic Corps, 11 September 2009
  • Captain Wayne Edward James Owers QGM, Royal Logistic Corps, 19 March 2010
  • Lance Corporal David James Timmins QGM, Royal Logistic Corps, 19 March 2010


Bar to Queen's Gallantry Medal
  • Captain Eamon Conrad Heakin QGM*, Royal Logistic Corps. 7 March 2008
  • Captain Vincent Michael Strafford QGM*, Royal Logistic Corps. 7 March 2008

Available trades

  • Ammunition Technician
    Ammunition Technician
    An Ammunition Technician is a British Army soldier trained to inspect, repair, test and store, and modify all ammunition and explosives used by the British Army...

  • Chef
  • Driver
  • Driver / Tank Transporter
  • Driver / Air Despatcher
  • Driver / Communications specialist
  • Driver / Port Operator
  • Driver / Communications Specialist
  • Driver / Vehicle Support Specialist
  • Logistic Specialist (Supply)
  • Marine Engineer
  • Movement Controller
  • Petroleum Operator
  • Photographer
  • Pioneer
  • Postal and Courier Operator
  • Rail Operator
  • Seaman / Navigator
  • Systems Analyst

Regular Army

  • Army School of Ammunition
    Army School of Ammunition
    The Army School of Ammunition is the main training school for Ammunition Technicians and Ammunition Technical Officers in the British Army. The school teaches students conventional land munitions, EOD and IEDD....

  • 1 Logistic Support Regiment
  • 2 Logistic Support Regiment
  • 3 Logistic Support Regiment
  • 4 Logistic Support Regiment
  • 5 Regiment
  • 6 Regiment
  • 7 Regiment
  • 8 Regiment
  • 9 Regiment
  • The QOGLR
  • 11 EOD Regiment
  • 12 Logistic Support Regiment
  • 13 Air Assault Support Regiment
    • 15 Air Assault Close Support Squadron
      15 Air Assault Close Support Squadron RLC
      15 Air Assault Close Support Squadron is a Close Support Squadron in the 13 Air Assault Regiment Royal Logistic Corps. They provide elements of 16 Air Assault Brigade with combat supplies as well as transport during times of peace and war.-History:...

  • 17 Port and Maritime Regiment (includes 79 Railway Squadron
    79 Railway Squadron (United Kingdom)
    The modern day 79 Railway Squadron is part of the 17 Port and Maritime Regiment, Royal Logistic Corps of the British Army. They are responsible for maintaining and providing the British Army with its railway transportation requirements....

    )
  • 19 Combat Service Support Battalion, a combined unit with a logistics squadron and an Equipment Support company.
  • 23 Pioneer Regiment
  • 24 Regiment
  • 25 Training Regiment
  • 27 Regiment
  • 29 Postal Courier and Movement Regiment
  • ARRC Support Battalion (a All Arms unit with logistic squadrons making up the bulk of the battalion)

Notable minor units and joint units with a large RLC element include:
  • 20 Logistic Support Squadron, London District
  • 44 Support Squadron, (Royal Military Academy Sandhurst
    Royal Military Academy Sandhurst
    The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst , commonly known simply as Sandhurst, is a British Army officer initial training centre located in Sandhurst, Berkshire, England...

    )
  • 89 Postal and Courier Unit, (SHAPE
    Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe
    Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe is the central command of NATO military forces. It is located at Casteau, north of the Belgian city of Mons...

    )
  • 105 Logistic Support Squadron, (BATUS
    British Army Training Unit Suffield
    The British Army Training Unit Suffield is a British Army unit located at the vast training area of Canadian Forces Base Suffield in Alberta, Canada...

    )
  • 132 Aviation Supply Squadron
    132 Aviation Supply Squadron
    132 Aviation Supply Squadron RLC is responsible for aviation supply support to the whole of the Army Aviation community. The unit is based in RAF Wattisham with a detachment in Army Air Corps Middle Wallop....

    , 16th Air Assault Brigade
  • Cyprus Service Support Unit, (British Forces Cyprus
    British Forces Cyprus
    British Forces Cyprus is the name given to the British Armed Forces stationed in the UK sovereign base areas of Dhekelia and Akrotiri on the island of Cyprus...

    )
  • Joint Helicopter Support Squadron, RAF Odiham, a combined RLC / RAF unit.

Territorial Army

  • Operational Headquarters Support Group
  • The Scottish Transport Regiment
    The Scottish Transport Regiment
    The Scottish Transport Regiment, The Royal Logistic Corps , is a regiment of the Territorial Army in the United Kingdom. The Scottish Transport Regiment is the only regiment of the RLC based in Scotland. It role is to provide general transport support at 'third line' for the British Army...

  • Catering Support Regiment
    Catering Support Regiment
    The Catering Support Regiment, Royal Logistics Corps, is a regiment of the Territorial Army in the United Kingdom.The regiment was formed as part of the Royal Logistic Corps in 1993 and was the successor to the Central Volunteer Headquarters of the Army Catering Corps. In 1998 the Regiment was...

  • 88 Postal and Courier Regiment
  • 150 (Yorkshire) Transport Regiment
  • 151 (Greater London) Logistic Support Regiment
  • 152 (Ulster) Transport Regiment (Volunteers)
  • 155 (Wessex) Transport Regiment
  • 156 (North-West) Transport Regiment
    156 (North-West) Transport Regiment
    The 156 Transport Regiment, Royal Logistic Corps, is a regiment of the Territorial Army in the United Kingdom.-Units:*235 Squadron *234 Transport Squadron*236 Squadron*238 Squadron...

  • The Welsh Transport Regiment
    Welsh Transport Regiment
    The Welsh Transport Regiment RLC is the only Territorial Army logistic unit based solely in Wales. The Regiment is operationally focussed and comprises one HQ Squadron and three Task Squadrons:* 249 Squadron - Maindy Barracks, Cardiff....

  • 158 (Royal Anglian) Transport Regiment
  • 159 Supply Regiment
    159 Supply Regiment RLC(V)
    159 Supply Regiment, The Royal Logistic Corps is a regiment of the Territorial Army, the volunteer reserve force of the British Army...

  • 160 Transport Regiment
    160 Transport Regiment
    160 Transport Regiment Royal Logistic Corps, is a regiment of the Territorial Army in the United Kingdom.It is a National TA unit, formed in April 1995, which recruits personnel from all over the country and is based at Prince William of Gloucester Barracks, Grantham, Lincolnshire.It provides 3rd...

  • 162 Movement Control Regiment
    162 Movement Control Regiment
    The 162 Movement Control Regiment Royal Logistic Corps, is a regiment of the Territorial Army in the United Kingdom.In 2006 it was amalgamated with the 163 Movement Control Regiment and is now the only volunteer Movement Control Regiment in the Territorial Army...

  • 165 Port Regiment
  • 166 Supply Regiment
  • 168 Pioneer Regiment
  • 223 Swansea
  • 224 (Pembroke Yeomanry) Squadron RLC
    224 (Pembroke Yeomanry) Squadron
    224 Squadron - Welsh Transport Regiment RLC is the only Territorial Army unit which recruits from Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire...

    .
  • 383 Commando Petroleum Troop
    383 Commando Petroleum Troop
    383 Commando Petroleum Troop of the Royal Logistic Corps is a unit responsible for the handling, supply and storage of bulk fuels from ship-to-shore and under front-line combat conditions....

  • 395 Air Dispatch Troop

General information

Headquarters

The Corps Headquarters is at Princess Royal Barracks, Deepcut
Princess Royal Barracks, Deepcut
The Princess Royal Barracks, Deepcut, commonly referred to as Deepcut Barracks, is the headquarters of the Royal Logistic Corps of the British Army and the Defence School of Logistics. Located near Camberley, Surrey, England, it was the headquarters of the Royal Army Ordnance Corps until the...

. It is headed by a Director (a Brigadier) as the professional head of the Corps.

There is also a ceremonial head (instituted in 2009), who heads the Corps and its wider family such as the Associations and Cadets, known as the Master-General of Logistics (MGL). MGL remains General Sir Kevin Donoghue, who held until December 2010 the post of Chief of Defence Materiel, the senior military post associated with supply and acquisition in the Ministry of Defence. This post has been civilianised as part of the drawdown of military manpower and the post has been passed to a Civil Servant.

The Future

An update was given at Deepcut on 6th December 2010 on the future planned move of HQ RLC & Defence Logistics School from Deepcut to Worthy Down (Project KESTREL) the date of 2013 was announced for early moves, with new buildings being built from April 2013 with 'ring-fenced' cash not affected by the 'Strategic Defence Review'

Colonel-in-Chief

The current Colonel-in-Chief
Colonel-in-Chief
In the various Commonwealth armies, the Colonel-in-Chief of a regiment is its patron. This position is distinct from that of Colonel of the Regiment. They do not have an operational role. They are however kept informed of all important activities of the regiment, and pay occasional visits to its...

 (an honorary position) is HRH The Princess Royal
Anne, Princess Royal
Princess Anne, Princess Royal , is the only daughter of Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh...

. The Deputy Colonels-in-Chief are HRH The Duke of Gloucester
Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester
Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester is a member of the British Royal Family. Prince Richard is the youngest grandchild of King George V and Queen Mary. He has been Duke of Gloucester since his father's death in 1974. He is currently 20th in the line of succession...

 and HRH The Duchess of Kent.


Cap Badge

The RLC cap badge
Cap badge
A cap badge, also known as head badge or hat badge, is a badge worn on uniform headgear and distinguishes the wearer's nationality and/or organisation. The wearing of cap badges is a convention commonly found among military and police forces, as well as uniformed civilian groups such as the Boy...

 is an amalgamation cap badges of the forming corps:
  • The star is from the Royal Corps of Transport
    Royal Corps of Transport
    The Royal Corps of Transport was a British Army Corps formed in 1965 from the transport elements of the Royal Army Service Corps and the movement control element of the Royal Engineers . The depot was Buller Barracks in Aldershot...

  • The crossed axes are from the Royal Pioneer Corps
    Royal Pioneer Corps
    The Royal Pioneer Corps was a British Army combatant corps used for light engineering tasks.The Royal Pioneer Corps was raised on 17 October 1939 as the Auxiliary Military Pioneer Corps. It was renamed the Pioneer Corps on 22 November 1940...

  • The laurel and garter band is from the Royal Engineers
    Royal Engineers
    The Corps of Royal Engineers, usually just called the Royal Engineers , and commonly known as the Sappers, is one of the corps of the British Army....

  • The shield in the centre is from the Royal Army Ordnance Corps
    Royal Army Ordnance Corps
    The Royal Army Ordnance Corps was a corps of the British Army. It dealt only with the supply and maintenance of weaponry, munitions and other military equipment until 1965, when it took over most other supply functions, as well as the provision of staff clerks, from the Royal Army Service...

  • The motto
    Motto
    A motto is a phrase meant to formally summarize the general motivation or intention of a social group or organization. A motto may be in any language, but Latin is the most used. The local language is usual in the mottoes of governments...

    , "We Sustain", is from the Army Catering Corps
    Army Catering Corps
    The Army Catering Corps was a corps of the British Army, responsible for the feeding of all Army units. It was originally formed in March 1941 as part of the Royal Army Service Corps, and became a corps in its own right in 1965....


The inscription on the garter band "Honi soit qui mal y pense
Order of the Garter
The Most Noble Order of the Garter, founded in 1348, is the highest order of chivalry, or knighthood, existing in England. The order is dedicated to the image and arms of St...

" can be translated as "Evil to him who evil thinks". It is often seen on the insignia of Regiments and Corps with 'Royal' in their title.




Common Nicknames

The corps is nicknamed "The Loggies", or the "Really Large Corps", another term of endearment is "REME luggage carriers". The Corps forms approximately 17% of the British Army and is the single largest component of the Army. Royal Logistic Corps soldiers can belong to any one of 18 trade groups. Another common nickname, often used by members of other regiments and corps, is "retards last chance". It is not considered complimentary.

Affiliations

The corps has the alliances with the logistic units of Australia, India, Malaysia, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa and Sri Lanka. It is affiliated with 4 Livery Companies of the City of London.

Notable Achievements

In the 2004 Olympic Games held in Athens
Athens
Athens , is the capital and largest city of Greece. Athens dominates the Attica region and is one of the world's oldest cities, as its recorded history spans around 3,400 years. Classical Athens was a powerful city-state...

, the Royal Logistic Corps had the most athletes from the British Army competing in the Games. These were Private Musa Audu
Musa Audu
Musa Audu is a Nigerian athlete who specializes in 400 metres. He is notable for winning the bronze medal in the 2004 Olympics 4 x 400 metres relay as part of the Nigerian team and the silver medal in the 2003 All-Africa Games 4 x 400 metres relay as part of the Nigerian team too....

 (Nigeria
Nigeria at the 2004 Summer Olympics
- Bronze:* Olusoji Fasuba, Deji Aliu, Aaron Egbele, and Uchenna Emedolu — Athletics, Men's 4 x 100 m relay* Saul Weigopwa, Musa Audu, James Godday, and Enefiok Udo-Obong — Athletics, Men's 4 x 400 m relay-Athletics:...

), Private Seidu Duah (Ghana
Ghana at the 2004 Summer Olympics
-Athletics:Men's 100 metres:* Aziz ZakariMen's 200 metres:* Christian NsiahWomen's 800 metres:* Akosua SerwaaMen's 4x100 metre Relay:* Christian Nsiah, Tanko Braimah, Aziz Zakari, and Leonard Myles-MillsWomen's Heptathlon:...

), Lance Corporal Josephus Thomas (Sierra Leone
Sierra Leone at the 2004 Summer Olympics
-Athletics:Neither Sierra Leonen athlete managed to qualify for a final, with Bangura's 47th place the best result.Men's 100 metres:* Lamin Tucker**Round 1: 10.72 s Women's 100 metres:...

) and Corporal Joselyn Thomas (Sierra Leone). Private Audu achieved success at the Olympics when he was part of 4 x 400m relay final that won the Bronze medal for Nigeria.

Fatalities

The Royal Logistic Corps have lost 37 Corps members on operations to date (19 April 2011)
9 in Northern Ireland, 10 in the Former Republic of Yugoslavia, 5 in Iraq and 13 in Afghanistan.

Order of precedence

See also

  • Royal Logistic Corps Museum
    Royal Logistic Corps Museum
    The Royal Logistic Corps Museum or RLC Museum at Princess Royal Barracks, Deepcut, Surrey, England is the regimental museum for the Royal Logistic Corps. It is open to the public free of charge....

  • Royal Army Service Corps
    Royal Army Service Corps
    The Royal Army Service Corps was a corps of the British Army. It was responsible for land, coastal and lake transport; air despatch; supply of food, water, fuel, and general domestic stores such as clothing, furniture and stationery ; administration of...

  • Options for Change
    Options for Change
    Options for Change was a restructuring of the British Armed Forces in 1990, aimed at cutting defence spending following the end of the Cold War....

  • Loss of Strength Gradient
    Loss of Strength Gradient
    The Loss of Strength Gradient was devised by Kenneth Boulding in 1962. He argued that the amount of a nation’s military power that could be brought to bear in any part of the world depended on geographic distance. The Loss of Strength Gradient demonstrated, in graphical form, that the further away...

  • British logistics in the Boer War
  • British logistics in the Falklands War
    British logistics in the Falklands War
    According to Admiral Sandy Woodward, who commanded the British fleet during the Falklands War, the British Army, Royal Air Force, the Ministry of Defence and the Secretary of State for Defence, as well as the United States Navy, all “initially suspected the operation was doomed.” The logistical...


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