RLC Chef prepares food on Operation Telic in Iraq. Credit: Crown Copyright
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Everything You Need To Know About The RLC

From Victoria Crosses to Roger Moore, here is all you need to know about the Royal Logistic Corps

RLC Chef prepares food on Operation Telic in Iraq. Credit: Crown Copyright

What Does The RLC Do?

Over 40 per cent of the RLC are detached and 'enable' to the Army to function wherever they are in the world. Every military exercise or operation will require an element of the RLC whether that is by the provision of food, equipment, logistics or other specialised functions.

The RLC has land, sea and air despatch and work closely with the Navy, RAF, Special Forces, Intelligence Services and other Government Departments.

An Army logistics vehicle moves a container of supplies in Afghanistan. Credit: Sgt Rupert Frere RLC, Crown Copyright
An Army logistics vehicle moves a container of supplies in Afghanistan. Credit: Sgt Rupert Frere RLC, Crown Copyright

The Royal Logistic Corps (RLC) is the largest corps in the Army and was formed in 1993, following the 'Options for Change' review with the amalgamation of five units. 

  • Royal Corps of Transport
  • Royal Army Ordnance Corps
  • Royal Pioneer Corps
  • Army Catering Corps
  • Postal and Courier Service

What Is The Motto Of The RLC?

The motto 'We Sustain' is derived from the Army Catering Corps and the inscription on the garter band reads: "Honi soit qui mal y pense" and can be translated as: "Evil to him who evil thinks".

The RLC is the only Combat Service Support Corps of the

British Army with Battle Honours

 

What Nicknames Has The RLC Got?

The RLC has many nicknames within the military including; the 'Rather Large Corps', the 'Really Lazy Corps' and 'Recruits Last Chance'.

How Many Trades Are In The RLC?

There is a preconception amongst many that the RLCs' main trades are Chefs, Drivers and Stores but in fact has the most variety of jobs in the Army, including the smallest trade of Army Photographer.

There are 16 trades open to Regular serving personnel and 10 trades for Reservists (see full list below).

Queen's Regulations state:

“In war the RLC administers prisoners of war labour” and “the RLC provides the war graves service.”

RLC Cap badge. Credit: Georgina Coupe, BFBS
RLC Cap badge. Credit: Georgina Coupe, BFBS

What Is The Cap Badge Of The RLC?

It is made up of the cap badges of the forming corps including; laurel and garter band from the Royal Engineers, Indian star from the Royal Corps of Transport, the centre shield from the Royal Army Ordnance Corps and the crossed axes from the Royal Pioneer Corps.

How Many Victoria Cross (VC) Holders Have The RLC Had?

There have been five VCs awarded to personnel who derive from establishments that became the Royal Corps of Transport, the first two dating back to 1858.

Sir Bobby Charlton completed his National Service with the Royal Army Ordnance Corps and was still able to play for Manchester Utd at weekends

 

RLC Support Vehicles are loaded at Marchwood Military Port (MMP). Credit: Shane Wilkinson, Crown Copyright
RLC Support Vehicles are loaded at Marchwood Military Port (MMP). Credit: Shane Wilkinson, Crown Copyright

What About Sport In The RLC?

The RLC has a strong reputation for sports performance and its ability to produce top level athletes who represent the Army on the world stage.

To date, the RLC has the only qualified female display jumpmaster in the Army.

Did You Know?

The RLC has its own magazine called 'The Sustainer', a museum and its own memorial at the National Arboretum.

Where Is The RLC Based?

The HQ of the RLC are based at The Princess Royal Barracks, Deepcut, Surrey.

Who Is The Commander-In-Chief Of The RLC?

The Princess Royal.

Sir Roger Moore commissioned into the Royal Army Service Corps (RASC) as a second lieutenant in 1946.

 

 

RLC Photographer, SSGT Rupert Frere. Credit: Crown Copyright
RLC Photographer, SSGT Rupert Frere. Credit: Crown Copyright

What Are The 16 Trades In The RLC?

  • Ammunition Technician (Ammo Tech)
  • Chef
  • Driver
  • Driver Air Despatcher
  • Driver Communication Specialist
  • Logistic Specialist (Supply)
  • Marine Engineer
  • Mariner
  • Movement Controller
  • Petroleum Operator
  • Photographer
  • Port Operator
  • Postal and Courier Operator
  • System Analyst
  • Tank Transporters
  • Vehicle Support Specialists