159 Regiment Royal Logistic Corps is a British Army Reserve Logistic Regiment based in the Midlands. Under command of 102 Logistic Brigade, our operational role is to augment our sister regular regiments with supply capability. We regularly deploy soldiers on operations and maintain our warfighting capability through deliberate, high-quality training.
The Regiment is made up of the following five squadrons, spread across seven locations in the Midlands:
- 243 (Headquarters) Squadron - Coventry
- 123 Supply Squadron - Telford
- 125 Supply Squadron - Stoke on Trent
- 237 Supply Squadron - West Bromwich
- 294 Supply Squadron - Grantham
We also have:
B Troop, part of 125 Supply Squadron - Burton on Trent
B Troop, part of 237 Supply Squadron - Kingsheath
We are paired with our sister regular regiment, 6 Regiment RLC but we also work closely with 7 Regiment RLC within 102 Logistic Brigade.
The British Army has the capability to deploy, sustain and recover combat forces, anywhere in the world. As an integral part of the Army's supply chain, our soldiers ensure the right kit is sent to the right place, at the right time. On operations, this includes receipting, storing and issuing everything the Army needs to live and fight on the battlefield. This can include millions of pounds worth of equipment, ranging from ammunition, food and weapons to replacement armoured vehicles.
We train regularly at the weekends and deploy each year on a two-week Annual Collective Training exercise.
After completing their Basic Training, our Reservists will undertake their Initial Trade Training. The majority will become Logistic Supply Specialists who will be trained to maintain the Army Supply Chain. Our soldiers can also obtain a Category C Driving Licence and their Hazardous Goods (ADR) Licence. They will be trained to maintain and operate our vehicle fleet in order to deliver combat supplies in any demanding operational environment.
To do this, the Regiment uses the following equipment:
- Logistic Support Vehicles - 6 and 15 tonne variants
- Land Rovers
- Mechanical Handling Equipment
- SA80 Individual weapons
- General Purpose Machine Guns
Our soldiers are rich in diversity and come from a variety of civilian roles and backgrounds. Trained as soldiers first, they move on to develop a wide range of skills, many of which are transferable into the civilian work place. We recruit personnel for the following RLC trades:
We also employ Officers who train at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS), Combat Medical Technicians, Combat HR Specialists and Physical Training Instructors.
Private Megan Whittle
Joining the British Army Reserves is easily the best decision I have made. It has provided me with the confidence I have always wanted and it feels great to be part of such a diverse team of people. Throughout my training, I have made friends for life whom I would never have met in my normal day job. Being in the Army Reserves can be physically and mentally challenging at times, but it is also so much fun and I already have many good memories. I am looking forward to being part of the shooting team, obtaining my Category C Driving Licence and going skiing, which are just a few of the great opportunities that are available.
Second Lieutenant Ryan Cartern
I joined 159 Regiment in 2015 as a soldier and within a year I knew I could give much more. I went on to commission through the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and continue to serve in the Regiment as a Troop Commander. My civilian career as a Learning and Development Manager has lots of transferable skills which help me in my role. Equally, the officer development path and the Army have provided me with numerous skills I can take back to my civilian job, such as leadership, planning and decision making.
So far in my Army career, I have deployed abroad on exercise twice, led the Regimental Shooting Team, learnt to ski and completed numerous other courses. The opportunities are endless and compliment my life and career goals brilliantly.
159 Regiment RLC encourages its soldiers to be involved in sport in order to improve physical fitness and develop teamwork. Every effort is made to release soldiers to represent the Regiment, Corps and Army in various sports. The Regiment has successful winter sports teams and competes annually in skiing (Nordic and Alpine) and snowboarding competitions. We also have excellent football, volleyball and hockey teams.
There are numerous opportunities to conduct Adventurous Training, which is designed to build confidence and resilience by taking you out of your comfort zone. Recent expeditions have included Sub-Aqua diving in Gibraltar and summer mountaineering, mountain biking and skiing.
Logistic Supply Specialist
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