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Royal Army Ordnance Corps

In 1414 a Master of Ordnance was appointed to support the King’s overseas campaigns and to manage warlike stores held at the Tower of London.

As well as being the King’s military treasurer and paymaster, the Master of Ordnance was responsible for supplying war materials.

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Motto: Sua tela tonanti
March: The Village Blacksmith
Colours: Blue and Red

The Board of Ordnance was established in 1683 as a civilian department of government; responsible for supplying and maintaining military equipment such as ammunition and weapons and also the building and maintenance of dockyards, depots, fortifications and map making.

Following a number of short-lived ordnance organisations, both the Army Ordnance Department and the Army Ordnance Corps were formed in 1896. In 1918, these two organisations were amalgamated and granted the ‘Royal’ prefix thus creating the Royal Army Ordnance Corps.

During the Second World War, the RAOC expanded rapidly from a few hundred officers and a few thousand men to 8,000 officers and 130,000 men in the space of four years.

In 1965, the RAOC incorporated the supply and staff clerk functions of the RASC. In 1993, it amalgamated with other corps to form The RLC.

The RAOC Association continues and has 22 thriving regional, sports or trade based branches which are all self-supporting; with their own chairman, treasurer and secretary. To join the RAOC Association members are required to join one of these branches.

Trade

  • RD and MTI
  • Staff Clerks
  • Vehicle Specialists Fellowship

Sports Branches

  • RAOC Rugby Football
  • RAOC Golfing Society
  • RAOC Hockey

Regional Branches

  • Berks, Hants and Surrey
  • Bicester
  • Birmingham
  • Chilwell and East Midland
  • Corsham and Bristol
  • Didcot and Kineton
  • East Anglia
  • Greater Manchester
  • Isle of Wight
  • London
  • Merseyside
  • Newcastle
  • Salisbury
  • Scotland

Specialist Branches

Airborne Forces

RAOC Online Fellowship Branch

The RAOC Officers’ Club

Membership is open to all officers who were previously commissioned into the Royal Army Ordnance Corps (RAOC) and officers who were soldiers in the RAOC and later commissioned. The Club organises one dinner a year. Membership subscription is £5.00 per year.

Membership

An application form to join the Association can be downloaded below. Existing members should confirm and validate their contact details by downloading and returning the date update form below.

DOWNLOAD AN APPLICATION FORM DOWNLOAD THE DATA UPDATE FORM

Further details can be obtained from the:

Controller/Secretary RAOC c/o RHQ The RLC
Building 204, Worthy Down Barracks, Winchester. SO21 2RG
Telephone: 01962 887765
Email: raocassociation@rhqtherlc.org.uk

Email: contraoc@rhqtherlc.org.uk

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The Royal Logistic Corps

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The Royal Logistic Corps is at South Cerney 29 Regiment.
The Royal Logistic Corps
Back after the pandemic an opportunity to celebrate the Corps.Hosted by 29 Regiment RLC, the day is intended to be a celebration of The RLC and to this end uniformed ‘on duty’ participation will be kept to a minimum. The event is open to all serving officers and soldiers (regular and reserve), RLC and Forming Corps veterans; as well as families, friends and the local population.The event will open at 1200hrs with a festival of sport including variety of unit level sporting competitions and will see the return of the popular Tug of War competition.Military stands will be kept to a minimum and will be capability led, showcasing a selection of The RLC’s wide and diverse career employment groups and The RLC’s specialist units to inform those serving in the Corps and members of the visiting public and veterans. There will also be civilian run trade, food and refreshments stalls.Two Corps run messes will be on site at the 2022 event, one for Officers, WOs and Sgts and an OR’s bar (Cpls and Ptes).There will be traditional area displays including the ever popular RLC Enduro team, RLC Equestrian display team, a Joint Helicopter Support Squadron Chinook display, a display by The RLC’s Silver Stars parachute display team and a military marching band display featuring The RLC Corps of Drums.The day will be rounded off with a Party in the Park#wesustain #wearetherlc #ukarmylogistics #openday #openday2022 ... See MoreSee Less