156 Regiment Royal Logistic Corps is a Reserve Supply Regiment with a long and operationally focused history. Based across the Northwest of England, the Regiment has locations in Liverpool, Bootle, the Wirral, Salford and Lancaster.
Under operational command of 101 Operational Sustainment 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: providing 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. This is to support deployed force elements as part 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 North West 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.
2nd Lieutenant Brown – 381 Squadron
I had no background in the Armed Forces, but I have always enjoyed being active and being
When I started university, I joined the University Officer Training Corps and really
enjoyed the skills and experiences I gained. I went on exercise with 156 Regiment RLC and
realised that joining the Reserves whilst working on my civilian career would be both
enjoyable and really beneficial to me.
Since joining 156 Regiment RLC I have been selected for the Operational Shooting Team and represented the Regiment in Alpine Skiing at Ski RLC.
I have also distributed PPE at the beginning of the pandemic and have honed my
leadership skills whilst gaining a commission in November 2021.
Everything I have learned throughout my time in the Reserves has helped me throughout the police application process and continues to provide a strong basis for me to develop my skills and knowledge as a Police Constable.
Lance Corporal Forde - 234 Squadron
I joined the Army Reserves in 2018 and I am currently a Combat Medical Technician.
I joined with some understanding of the military having had experience with the Officer
Training Corps in university. Since joining the Reserves, I have completed various trade
training and promotion courses to enable me to promote to Lance Corporal.
All the courses that I have attended have been challenging, both mentally and physically, but have no doubt been rewarding.
I have had the opportunity to attend several adventurous training weekends and complete a
week’s skiing in Germany.
The Squadron also host many social events and I have developed friendships with like-minded people.
As a civilian, I am a qualified Occupational Therapist and work for the NHS in Liverpool. My skills and experiences gained from both my civilian job and Army Reserves definitely overlap, allowing me to develop as a better clinician and soldier.
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 continued success in football, paragliding, sailing and skiing (Alpine and Nordic) with various members of the Regiment being selected to represent both the RLC and Army at their representative sports.
The Regiment also conducts a variety of Adventurous Training expeditions each year ranging from hill walking and kayaking/canoeing to mountain biking and sailing. It has conducted overseas expeditions to Nevada and in 2022 will conduct a high altitude and high risk expedition to climb Mount Kenya.