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The Royal Corps of Transport (RCT) was a British Army Corps formed in 1965 from the transport (land, water and air) elements of the Royal Army Service Corps (RASC) and the movement control element of the Royal Engineers (RE). The depot was Buller Barracks in Aldershot. In 1993 the Royal Logistic Corps (RLC) was formed by the amalgamation of The Royal Corps of Transport, Royal Army Ordnance Corps, Royal Pioneer Corps, Army Catering Corps, and Postal and Courier elements of the RE. "Rickshaws, Cabs and Taxis" was a humorous version of the initials RCT.

Royal Corps of Transport landing craft, the RCL Arezzo


The Royal Corps of Transport consisted of a number of different specialist trades. Trades in the RCT included:

  • Air Despatcher
  • Driver/radio operator
  • Clerk
  • Driver Staff car
  • Driver (HGV 1, 2 and 3)
  • Driver Tank Transporter
  • Movement controller previously referred to as Traffic Operator
  • Port operator
  • Railwayman
  • Seaman
  • Marine engineer
  • Pilot - Hovercraft

RCT personnel served with

  • Airborne Forces (63 Para Sqn RCT)
  • Royal Marines (Commando Logistic Regt (CDOLOG Regt)
  • Special Duties Teams in Northern Ireland
  • The RCT provided the first Service Support Officer to command 22 SAS (Brigadier Andrew Massey CO 22 SAS 1984 - 87)

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