156 Regiment Royal Logistic Corps is a Reserve Supply Regiment with a long and operationally focused history. Based across the North West of England, the Regiment has locations in Liverpool, the Wirral, Salford and Lancaster. Under operational command of 101 Logistic Brigade (The Iron Vipers), the Regiment’s operational role is to provide reserve supply capability to augment the Supply Squadrons within the Brigade’s Theatre Logistic Regiments.
The Regiment is made up of the following squadrons:
- Headquarter Squadron - provides echelon support including administration, catering and training outputs.
- Four Supply Squadrons - providing the logistic supply operational capability and expertise for the provision and management of combat supplies for deployed force elements as an element of the 101 Logistic VANGUARD Support Brigade.
The Regiment’s current Army Reserve Centre locations are:
- 235 Headquarters Squadron, Liverpool
- 234 Supply Squadron, Birkenhead
- 236 Supply Squadron, Salford
- 238 Supply Squadron, Bootle
- 381 Supply Squadron, Lancaster
156 Regiment RLC transitioned from a Transport Regiment to Supply Regiment under Army 2020 restructuring in 2014.
To ensure the Regiment can meet its operational role, soldiers and officers regularly conduct specialist trade training to maintain currency and competence. The Regiment also conducts a myriad of civil engagement activities alongside Liverpool City Council and other regional organisations.
The Regiment ensures that all personnel complete progressive soldier first training on an Annual Collective Training exercise, which has, in recent years, included training in overseas in locations such as Cyprus and Germany.
The Regiment has a host of vehicles and equipment items which it utilises in order to deliver supplies in any operational environment, these include:
- Logistic Support Vehicles (MAN SV) – 6 and 15 tonne variants
- Land Rovers
- Mechanical Handling Equipment
156 Regiment RLC can trace its heritage back to the formation of the Army Reserves in 1908. Due to the geographic footprint across the NW region, 156 Regiment has a wide and diverse cohort of personnel from all walks of civilian life and backgrounds.
Following completion of basic soldier training, all reservists complete a specialist trade qualification. We have a range of RLC trades, including:
We also employ Medics, Combat HR Specialists and Physical Training Instructors.
Lance Corporal Hamer – 381 Squadron
156 Regiment RLC has offered me some great opportunities. Not two months after my pass-out parade, I represented the Regiment in the Nordic division of the Corps Skiing Championships in Ruhpolding. Life in the Reserves is all about getting out what you put in, and so I endeavoured to put my name forward for as much as possible.
Most recently, I volunteered with four other members of 156 Regiment for Op TOSCA, deploying with 27 Regiment RLC for six months as part of the UN peacekeeping force in Cyprus. It was a phenomenal experience for me and one that taught me about resilience, teamwork and discipline. My proudest achievement thus far has been organising and delivering a Regimental Battlefield Study in France and Belgium in October 2018. The five-day study was a huge success and well enjoyed by all, following the Battlefield Study I received a Brigadier's Commendation for my work in bringing it to fruition.
Warrant Officer Class 2 Bushell - 234 Squadron
I am WO2 (Squadron Sergeant Major) Andy Bushell of 156 Regiment and I am the Regimental Alpine Ski Team captain. The 156 Regimental Ski Team has continually improved in the seven years I have been involved, to the point where the Alpine Team finished in our best team position to date in 2020. Although skiers race individually on the slope, it is very much a team effort, from the minute an individual is selected to compete, to driving out of the gate from RHQ. One of my favourite aspects of the RLC Ski Championships is the continual recruitment and development of novice skiers; it is very satisfying to be able to play a part in developing a novice 'leisure' skier into a competent ski racer. On a military front, I have done multiple operational tours in Iraq and Afghanistan and travelled all over the world in my time for both exercises and Adventurous Training.
Sport and Adventurous Training play an important role within 156 Regiment RLC, building confidence, physical resilience, morale, team cohesion and much more. The Regiment has had recent sporting success in football and skiing (Alpine and Nordic), achieving the best results yet for the Regiment in the 2019/20 ski season. Additionally, four members of the Regiment have been selected to represent the RLC Corps Football team with two having been selected to represent the Army. The Regiment has also created, for the first time in its history, a Ladies’ football team - with one player already being selected to represent the Army Ladies Reserve Team.
There are also many opportunities for Adventurous Training. Recent expeditions include mountain biking, and paragliding within the UK and sailing in the Algarve.