Royal Logistic Corps

The Royal Logistic Corps (RLC) provides logistic support functions to the British Army. It is the largest Corps in the Army. The RLC flag is dark blue with the Corps Badge emblazoned on the centre. It has a Corps of Drums and a "Marching Band".

Royal Logistic Corps
Active5 April 1993 - present
Country United Kingdom
Branch British Army
Garrison/HQDettingen House, Deepcut, Surrey
Nickname(s)"The Rather Large Corps"
"Really Lazy Corps"
"Recruits Last Chance"[1]
Motto(s)"We sustain"
MarchOn Parade
Lion, Sword and Crown
Regimental ColonelColonel C J Francis MBE ADC
Colonel-in-chiefThe Princess Royal
Tactical recognition flash


The Royal Logistic Corps (RLC) was formed on 5 April 1993, by the union of five British Army corps:[2]

The RLC comprises both Regular and Army Reserve units.[3]

The RLC is the only (Combat Service Support) Corps of the British Army with battle honours, derived from the usage of previous transport elements of the Royal Waggon Train, and their successors as cavalry. The battle honours are:[4]


The Royal Logistic Corps Museum is based at Princess Royal Barracks near Camberley in Surrey.[5]

Cap Badge

The RLC cap badge is an amalgamation of the cap badges of the forming corps:[6]

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.


RLC units include:[7]

Regular Army

Unit (with Army 2020 names) Current Location Future Location Notes
1 Regiment RLC
(1 Close Support Logistic Regiment RLC)
St David's BarracksSt David's BarracksTo merge with 1 CS REME [8]
3 Regiment RLC
(3 Close Support Logistic Regiment RLC)
Dalton BarracksDalton Barracks
4 Regiment RLC
(4 General Support Logistic Regiment RLC)
Dalton BarracksDalton Barracks
6 Regiment RLC
(6 Force Logistic Regiment RLC)
Dishforth AirfieldAlanbrooke Barracks
7 Regiment RLC
(7 Force Logistic Regiment RLC)
Kendrew BarracksAlanbrooke Barracks in 20297 Regiment's history is heavily influenced by tank transporting and the Mixed Service Organization (MSO). The MSO was formed of Polish exiles and Prisoners of War who could not return home after World War II and served the British Army until the end of the Cold War. The Regiment's symbol is a Polish eagle (Orzel) on a Polish flag and a motto in Polish, Bialo Czerwoni ('the White and Reds').[9]
9 Regiment RLC
(9 Theatre Logistic Regiment RLC)
Buckley BarracksBuckley Barracks
10 Queen's Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment RLC
(10 The Queen's Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment)
Gale Barracks, AldershotGale Barracks, Aldershot
11 Explosive Ordnance Disposal and Search Regiment RLC
(11 Explosive Ordnance Disposal Regiment RLC)
Vauxhall BarracksVauxhall Barracks421 Headquarters Squadron
4 x EOD Squadrons
13 Air Assault Support Regiment RLC
(13 Air Assault Support Regiment RLC)
17 Port and Maritime Regiment RLC
(17 Port and Maritime Regiment RLC)
McMullen Barracks / Sea Mounting Centre, Marchwood, SouthamptonMcMullen Barracks / Sea Mounting Centre, Marchwood, SouthamptonPart of 104th Logistic Support Brigade. 51 Port Squadron, 52 Port Squadron, 53 Port Squadron, 54 Port Squadron, 79 Squadron, 17 Regiment Workshop, REME
25 Training Support Regiment RLCPrincess Royal Barracks, DeepcutWorthy Down in 2019
27 Regiment RLC
(27 Theatre Logistic Regiment RLC)
Travers BarracksAldershotTo merge with 2 Close Support REME.[10][11]
29 Postal Courier & Movement Regiment RLCDuke of Gloucester BarracksDuke of Gloucester BarracksPart of 104th Logistic Support Brigade. Made up of 55 (HQ) Movement Control Squadron, 50 Movement Control Squadron, 59 Movement Control Squadron, and 80 Postal and Courier Squadron

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

Disbanded Units:

  • 2 Logistic Support Regiment RLC, based at Gutersloh. Formally disbanded in July 2014.
  • 8 Artillery Support Regiment RLC - The Regiment formed in 1964 at Munster, Germany as 8 Transport Column, RASC at the height of the Cold War.
  • 12 Logistic Support Regiment - Disbanded at Abingdon on 12 December 2013.
  • 19 Combat Service Support Battalion - a combined unit with a logistical squadron and an Equipment Support company. Disbanded N Ireland December 2012.
  • 23 Pioneer Regiment - a specialist pioneer unit with artisans, defence and Force Protection elements. Disbanded at Bicester November 2014.
  • 24 Regiment - disbanded in Germany, 30 January 2014. Part of 104th Logistic Support Brigade.

Drivers, Technicians, EOD all selected from the RLC.

Army Reserve

Former units


The Corps Headquarters is at Dettingen House within Princess Royal Barracks near Camberley in Surrey. It is headed by a Colonel (Colonel RLC) as the professional head of the Corps. Col RLC is responsible for the Moral Component, regimental infrastructure and support and works to Commander Home Command. Col RLC remains responsible for the Corps of Drums, which often parades with the RLC Band. (AG).[13]

Master General of Logistics

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). Holders of the post include:


The Sustainer is the magazine of the RLC Association. The Waggoner remains the Journal of the RASC/RCT Association. The RAOC Gazette that of the RAOC Association and the Pioneer of the RPC Association. The Review is an annual magazine of essays published by the Corps.[16]

Victoria Cross

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

Order of precedence

Preceded by
Royal Army Chaplains' Department
Order of Precedence Succeeded by
Royal Army Medical Corps

See also


  2. "The Royal Logistic Corps and Forming Corps". The Royal Logistic Corps Museum. Archived from the original on 14 August 2013. Retrieved 13 May 2013.
  3. "RLC Regiments". British Army website (UK Ministry of Defence). Retrieved 13 May 2013.
  4. "Waggoners". 54 Engineer Support and Ambulance Squadron. Retrieved 5 May 2014.
  5. "Welcome". Royal Logistic Corps Museum. Retrieved 8 June 2018.
  6. "History and background of the Royal Pioneer Corps 4". Retrieved 5 May 2014.
  7. Heyman, p. 63
  8. "Information on the Army 2020 refine exercise" (PDF). 10 March 2017. Retrieved 27 December 2018.
  9. "Polish Eagle 7th Regiment RLC". Ballentynes. Retrieved 12 April 2017.
  10. "Battalion to leave Leuchars for Yorkshire under MoD plans". The Courier. 18 December 2016. Retrieved 22 December 2016.
  11. "Information on the Army 2020 refine exercise" (PDF). 10 March 2017. Retrieved 20 June 2017.
  12. "British Army Photographers - Home". Facebook. Retrieved 19 June 2017.
  13. "The Royal Logistic Corps Regimental Association". Archived from the original on 6 May 2014. Retrieved 5 May 2014.
  14. "No. 59126". The London Gazette (Supplement). 14 July 2009. p. 12040.
  15. "No. 60163". The London Gazette (Supplement). 6 June 2012. p. 10780.
  16. "Association". Royal Logistic Corps Association. Retrieved 2 October 2016.


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