Royal Logistic Corps Officer

Royal Logistic Corps

This is available as a full time Army role.
This is available as a part time Army role.

PROVIDE ESSENTIAL SUPPORT IN OPERATIONS AND PEACETIME

" YOU ARE A TROOP COMMANDER, BUT YOU ARE ALSO PREPARED FOR STRATEGIC OPERATIONS, NOT JUST TACTICAL ONES."
As an officer in the Royal Logistic Corps (RLC) you will command a team of up to 80 soldiers undertaking a variety of crucial roles at home and abroad. The RLC is represented in every theatre of operations and in every military unit, supporting the Army in everything it does. Specialising in anything from port operations to bomb disposal, the work that you and your soldiers do will underpin every operation. You'll become an expert in leadership and management, and gain valuable qualifications that will make you highly sought after if you return to civilian life.

Training For The Role

Step 1
You’ll start your career on the 44-week Commissioning Course at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. This is for all officer cadets, regardless of the Corps that they’re hoping to join.

Step 2
Next it’s the 19-week Royal Logistic Corps Troop Commander's Course, where you will learn about military logistics at the Defence School of Logistics, Policing and Administration. This prepares you for your first posting as a Royal Logistic Corps Troop Commander, where you could deploy as a Battle Groups’ only RLC officer, providing fuel, supply, ammunition, movements and distribution expertise. Apply your operational decision making or strategic planning skills and later you could choose to specialise as an Ammunition Technical Officer; Petroleum Operator; Port and Maritime Officer or Contracts Officer.

Entry Requirements

Age: 17 years 9 months - 28 years 11 months
Qualifications: 72 UCAS Points from at least two A-level passes and 35 ALIS points at GCSE (34 for SCEs) from seven GCSE/SCE subjects (including Grade C in English, Maths and a science or a foreign language).
Fitness:
  • Mid Thigh Pull 76kg
  • Medicine Ball Throw 3.1m
  • 2km run 10m 15s (multistage fitness test)
More information about the fitness test

Qualifications You Could Get After Training

  • Post Graduate Certificate in Conflict and Leadership studies
  • Membership of Chartered Management Institute
  • BSc (Hons) in Logistics Management
  • Opportunity to gain higher qualifications as your career progresses

Rank Progression

Learn about rank progression here.

Pay and Benefits

From the Field

"The Troop Commander’s course prepares you for the fact you may be the only RLC officer on an exercise or operation and need to understand all aspects of logistic support. I was prepared - the RLC teaches you to think big. You are a Troop Commander, but you are also prepared for strategic operations, not just tactical ones. I had a troop of 48 soldiers; studied a language in Nepal; conducted a Battlefield Study and military skills competitions; planned Adventurous Training and deployed on Ebola Relief operations....all of these opportunities are there. If there is an operation we will go."

HOW TO APPLY

Once your online application has been approved, you'll have an interview with a senior recruiter, who will talk to you about the corps that you would like to join. You'll have the chance to learn more about your chosen corps, although you won't make your final decision until you're in training at Sandhurst.

Training For The Role

Step 1
You’ll need to pass the Army Reserve Commissioning Course at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. You can complete this in modules or in one go – depending on your circumstances.

Step 2
Then, you have the Royal Logistic Corps Troop Commander's Course to prepare you for your first role in charge of an RLC Troop with soldiers from one or more of our sixteen trades. Remember that all Army Reserve training is designed to fit in around your life and day job.

Entry Requirements

Age: 17 years 9 months - 48 years 11 months
Fitness:
  • Mid Thigh Pull 76kg
  • Medicine Ball Throw 3.1m
  • 2km run 10m 15s (multistage fitness test)
More information about the fitness test
Qualifications: 72 UCAS Points from at least 2 A-level passes (or equivalent). 35 ALIS points at GCSE (34 for SCEs) from 7 GCSE/SCE subjects (including Grade C/4 in English, Maths and a science or a foreign language).

Qualifications You Could Get After Training

  • Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM)
  • Chartered Institute of Personnel Development
  • Chartered Management Institute
  • City & Guilds Certificate in Human Resource Management
  • Edexel/BTEC Certificate in Management Studies

Pay and Benefits

You’ll get paid a day rate according to your rank, starting from £68.47 once you have passed Army Officer Selection and rising to £82.30 per day once you’ve commissioned as a Second Lieutenant. This includes being paid for weekly drill nights. Plus, if you complete all of your annual training days, you’re entitled to a tax-free lump sum called a bounty.

More about Reserve benefits

From the Field

"I joined the RLC as I wanted to lead soldiers and the largest squadrons in the Army are found in the RLC. I commanded a troop of over 80 soldiers, ensuring they were trained and fit to fight. My soldiers were constantly deploying, to over 20 locations around the world; it was a real test of my management to oversee their overlapping commitments. I deployed to Poland on one of NATOs biggest exercises, then to Sierra Leone to aid in the defeat of the Ebola crisis – seeing the effect our work was having on the population was very humbling." Lieutenant Charlotte Edwards

HOW TO APPLY

Once your online application has been approved, you'll have an interview with a senior recruiter, who will talk to you about the corps that you would like to join. You'll have the chance to learn more about your chosen corps, although you won't make your final decision until you're in training at Sandhurst.

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