Regular Soldier Careers
With 16 trades to choose from, the RLC has something for everyone.
Learn about your career progression and find your future trade by checking out the information below.
Promotion & Career Progression is Clearly Defined in The Army
Once you’ve finished your Phase 1 (basic) training, you’ll start your career as a Private. Following Phase 2 (Combat Logistician) and your trade training (Phase 3) you will join your unit.
Promotion to Lance Corporal may follow after about 3 years as a Private. Lance Corporals supervise small teams of up to four soldiers. You’ll also have the chance to upgrade your specialist trade training.
After 6-8 years, depending on your ability, you’ll be promoted to Corporal. You’ll have the chance to gain advanced trade and instructor qualifications. You’ll command more soldiers and could be in control of equipment like a Mexi-Float.
Once you’ve served for around 12 years, you may be promoted to the rank of Sergeant. This is a senior role and usually involves being second of command of a troop of up to 35 soldiers. You’ll also be working closely with junior officers.
A Staff Sergeant is a senior role where you’ll rely on both your resource and man management skills. You may command a troop, or could be selected to undertake a senior instructing role.
WARRANT OFFICER CLASS 2
Also known as a Squadron Sergeant Major, or Squadron Quartermaster Sergeant Major, when you reach this rank, your job is a technical lead or to focus on the training, welfare and discipline of a squadron and advise the Major in charge of your subunit.
WARRANT OFFICER CLASS 1
Or Regimental Sergeant Major. This is the senior soldier rank and you will have served for about 18 years, with an outstanding record. The role involves the leadership, discipline and welfare responsibilities of up to 650 people. You could also be a head of trade.
The 16 RLC Trades
Ammo Techs inspect, repair and destroy ammunition. They also train to be bomb disposal operators supporting the police and military ops.
We need drivers to deliver vital supplies including fuel, water and ammo forward into battle.
Driver Communication Specialist
You work closely with officers and set up communications systems on operations.
Ensure the safe and efficient movement of troops, vehicles and supplies around the world.
Store, handle and deliver petroleum products to where they are needed, wherever they are needed.
You capture images of combat zones, parades, sport and army life, creating content for army and national media.
Travel all over the world, managing and maintaining IT systems that aid logistics, fixing problems with networks and operating systems.
You operate the 900hp Heavy Equipment Transporter. You load main battle tanks and heavy equipment and deliver it to the right location
Variety Qualifications Skills for Life