Reservists hone their skills in the Royal Logistics Corps during annual training exercise

CO Deb Taylor 151 Regiment RLC

Reservists from 151 Regiment Royal Logistic Corps have recently returned from a 2-week Annual Continuous Training package designed to enhance skills, develop leadership, and build confidence.

Reservists from 151 Regiment RLC carried out a whole range of challenging activities across the UK, in their pursuit of professional excellence.   

The first couple of days focused on enhancing driver trade skills.  A driver in the Royal Logistic Corps has a professional development pathway capable of competing with the highest in the transport industry. Driver training consisted of C+E vehicle familiarisation, learning how to handle articulated lorries like those used by the civilian transport sector.  The driver trade training element included learning how to drive vehicles as part of a tactical convoy during the day and night, including arduous cross-country conditions.

Lance CorpKieren McMahon stands in front of HGVoral Kieren McMahon from 240 Squadron, explained: “Getting to grips with these larger vehicles helped boost my confidence and develop my career. Gaining more knowledge and experience driving C+E is also a transferable skill, which can be useful in the civilian workplace”.

Next, the reservists moved to Brunswick Camp Pirbright, Surrey for a range package with a difference. The morning started with a series of gym-based exercises to help improve overall strength and physical fitness, delivered by Warrant Officer Will MClay Royal Army Physical Training Corps. This was followed by live firing on the ranges, where soldiers had the opportunity to practice their marksmanship principles. Here the Regiment received a visit from Brigadier Phil Prosser Commander of 101 Logistic Brigade.

Dexter Cook from 151 Regiment RLC in the countryside with his mountain bikeThe Regiment then traveled South to Newquay, where it took part in adventure training.  This training phase offered the opportunity to learn and enhance skills through a wide selection of activities. Starting with mountain biking, soldiers experienced the endurance of uphill climbs, the adrenaline rush of the downhill slopes and the skill of negotiating tight bends. This was followed by water-based activities designed to challenge, energise, and revitalise. A great way to gain confidence and keep fit in the great outdoors.

After a great few days adventure training the Regiment was back on the ranges, this time at Ash Ranges, Aldershot. Here 151 Regiment RLC Commanding Officer, Lt Colonel Deb Taylor had the opportunity to personally fire on the range watched by Deputy Commander 101 Logistic Brigade, Colonel Mark Simpson.  The Commanding Officer later briefed the Deputy Commander on how well the training was going so far.

Soldier from 151 Regiment RLC secures sleepers to a military vehicleRange packages complete, the Regiment moved north to Yorkshire and deployed in support of the Royal Engineers during Exercise Turnout 2020. RLC drivers from 151 Regiment provided a vehicle lift capability to 507 Specialist Team, Royal Engineers, the Army’s only railway infrastructure specialists. The live tasks involved working day and night moving a total of 632 railway sleepers as part of an exercise to replace 250 meters of railway line.

Soldiers of 151 Regiment RLC have their kit inspected

Finally, Transport Squadrons arrived back at their respective Army Reserve Centres, where soldiers immediately started offloading vehicles, cleaning, and checking equipment and packing away kit. Looking after the equipment and ensuring it is well-maintained are well rehearsed drills. Looking after the kit prevents accidents and ensures the Regiment is always ready for the next task.

Main Image: Commanding Officer Deb Taylor introduced the Commander to Physical Training Instructor WO2 (QMSI) Will Mclay who was taking the soldiers through a series of gym-based exercises.

Story and photos courtesy of Captain Derek Gregory MBE,  ROSO  151 Regiment RLC