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Recruiting in the most diverse city in the world

London is one of the most diverse cities in the world, with a population of around 8.6 Million people.

151 Regt RLC recruiting and civil engagement footprints sit predominantly within the Greater London M25 boundary; we also have one squadron located in Warley, Essex and a Troop detachment located in Maidstone, Kent. The Regiment recruits people from a diverse range of social, ethnic and religious groups; representative of today’s modern society. Public understanding of the role of the Army Reserves, determines the climate within which the Regiment can recruit and train. It is also vital for our soldiers, especially when engaged in recruiting operations, to know their local community and the diversity of its people.

Communicating the Army’s messages and recruiting within boroughs which are rich in diversity can be challenging. The Regiment has embraced this challenge positively by deliberately seeking out and engaging with diverse communities. This has been a long term strategy designed to communicate and foster mutual respect, sensitivity and understanding in the community at the same time imbedding a diversity culture within the unit. Initiatives have included visits to Sikh and Hindu Temples, local Mosques and openly engaging with community leaders from all faiths by communicating the Army values and standards. Although a long term strategy, the Regiment is now starting to see the results of this community engagement. Recruiting from within these communities has increased and the Regiments role within the community being more widely recognised and valued.

Staff Sergeant John Rock a member of our Regimental Outreach Team, working in Southall West London, was recently honoured with the Sipora by the local Sikh Community. The Sipora was presented to him by Sant Baba Amar Singh Ji in the presence of a congregation of 10,000 Sikhs at the Guru Nanak Sikh Academy PARKASH 2015 event. The Sipora is a garment of dress bestowed on someone as a mark of honour and acknowledgement of devotion. The honour was awarded for his contribution to serving the Sikh communities. On receiving the award he said “I am extremely proud to be awarded this great honour from the Sikh community. I have been privileged to have the opportunity through our outreach programmes to engage with local communities, gaining understanding and mutual respect by communicating the values and standards of the British Army.”

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WO1 (RSM) Steve Muir RLC has now reached his fourth milestone of 400 miles in his remarkable fundraising challenge. From 1 April – 30 September 2021, WO1 (RSM) Muir RLC is running five miles a day for 183 consecutive days, covering a total of 915 miles (the distance from Lands’ End to John O’Groats plus an extra 41 miles) to raise much needed funds for The RLC Association Trust.The money WO1 Muir RLC raises will help to support the Association which works tirelessly to help Regular and Reserve RLC personnel, veterans and their families by providing grants to those in need.RLC Benevolence assisted the family of a young SNCO diagnosed with a debilitating, terminal illness. A grant was made to the local council for home disability adaptationsHelp to support WO1 Muir RLC by donating to his Just Giving page: https://justgiving.com/crowdfunding/rlc-association-support-our-people-2021/…---#BritishArmyLogistics #WeAreTheRLC #wesustain ... See MoreSee Less
The summer edition of The Sustainer magazine is live online. In this edition we asked contributors from around the Corps to highlight some of the lesser known role opportunities and "trade secrets" that exist. Did you know that Ammo Techs learn how to make IEDs safe by learning how to make them? And that a team of 14 Movement Controllers in Marchwood manage and control all Defence shipping and keep tabs on hundreds of 40 foot ISO containers across the globe? Also the best kept secret in The RLC is? Read the issue to find out more.https://issuu.com/holbrooks/docs/the_sustainer_summer_21_web?fr=sZTdjYzM4NTIzNjI ... See MoreSee Less
This week the RLC Men’s Athletics team were crowned Inter Corps Champions for the first time since 2016 and the Women’s team were runners up, a fantastic result.There were phenomenal performances from our talented sprinters Cpl Cartledge (3 ATR) Pte Bakani (3RLC) and the men's 4 x 100 relay team setting a blistering time of 44.3 seconds.Lt Walker (4RLC) won the mens 5000m race and the 3000m steeple chase with Cpl Adair (167RLC) winning the womens 1500m race.A big thank you to Maj Whitwam (101X) for his years of service to RLC athletics, he ran his final race for the RLC.Finally a huge congratulations to the team manager and athlete SSgt Hood (4RLC) for getting 2 phenomenal teams to the start line.#WeAreTheRLC ... See MoreSee Less