Royal Logistic Corps Explained

The Royal Logistic Corps (RLC) provides logistic support functions to the British Army. It is the largest Corps 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:

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:

Operational Honours

Victoria Cross

The RLC has five Victoria Cross holders; these all derive historically from establishments that eventually became the Royal Corps of Transport.

Albert Medal

The RLC has ten Albert Medal (lifesaving) holders from its former Corps. Two of the holders exchanged their Albert Medals for the George Cross in 1971.

George Cross

The RLC has eleven holders of the George Cross, eight from the former Corps and three to the RLC.

George MedalThe RLC has eighty four holders of the George Medal, 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.

Conspicuous Gallantry Cross

Military Cross Members of the RLC have received 6 awards of the Military Cross since 1993, 2 for actions in Iraq, the remainder for actions in Afghanistan.

Queen's Gallantry MedalThe RLC has one hundred and seven holders of the Queen's Gallantry Medal,sixty seven from the Royal Army Ordnance Corps and forty to the RLC including two first bars.

Bar to Queen's Gallantry Medal

Available trades

Units

Regular Army

Notable minor units and joint units with a large RLC element include:

Territorial Army

General information

Headquarters

The Corps Headquarters is at Dettingen House,Blackdown Road, Deepcut, GU16 6SQ. It is headed by a Colonel (Colonel RLC) as the professional head of the Corps. Col RLC is responsible for the Moral Component, regimental infrastruture and support and works to the Adjutant General (AG).

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.

Publications

The RAOC Gazette, The Waggoner and the Link are still published every 6 months as a Membership Newsletters of the Forming Corps Associations, and as a sub-section of 'The Sustainer, House journal of The Royal Logistic Corps'. The latter is quarterly magazine published as the Autumn, Winter, Spring and Summer editions.

The Future Home of The Corps

An update was given at Deepcut on 9th February 2012 on the future planned move of HQ RLC & Defence Logistics School from Deepcut to Worthy Down (Project KESTREL) the date of 2013 is still projected for early moves, with new buildings being built from April 2013 with 'ring-fenced' cash not affected by the 'Strategic Defence Review'. The plans are subject to confirmation by the Central Staffs, however a "No move before..." 2014 is more likely.

Colonel-in-Chief

The current Colonel-in-Chief (an honorary position) is HRH The Princess Royal. The Deputy Colonels-in-Chief are HRH The Duke of Gloucester and HRH The Duchess of Kent.


Cap Badge

The RLC cap badge is an amalgamation of the cap badges of the forming corps:

The inscription on the garter band "Honi soit qui mal y pense" 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", "Blanket Stackers","Duvet Technicians" or "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, the Royal Logistic Corps had the most athletes from the British Army competing in the Games. These were Private Musa Audu (Nigeria), Private Seidu Duah (Ghana), Lance Corporal Josephus Thomas (Sierra Leone) 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 has 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.

See also

References

External links

Notes and References

  1. Web site: Warrant Officer Class 2 Gary 'Gaz' O'Donnell GM, 11 Explosive Ordnance Disposal Regiment Royal Logistic Corps, killed in Afghanistan. 2008-09-02. MOD.
  2. http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/top-stories/2009/03/06/posthumous-award-for-bomb-disposal-expert-gary-o-donnell-115875-21174932/