Royal Logistic Corps  

Badge Identification Project

Part 1 - Cloth & Metal Corps Badges ~ Other-Ranks

This is not a concise list of all RLC Badges - Only illustrations of known examples.

Cloth Beret Badges

INSIGNIA, BERET: Royal Logistic Corps; Cloth; Gold/Red/Black on a Blue background.


Top Row

1993 Official issue pattern, worn whilst waiting for anodised badges to be manufactured in sufficient quantities
Issue rate was 1 x Woven for Working Beret & 1 x Metal for Best Beret. and is still worn (unofficially) by some RLC units/individuals.

  Left   1993 Official issue pattern, worn whilst waiting for anodised badges to be manufactured in sufficient quantities
Red/Yellow/Light Blue Woven on a Navy Blue Backing with Red Garter Motto.
First official 'Ordnance Supplied' example produced in wrong colours, but codified 20 as waste out issue.
(Pattern No. 27984 ~ NSN 20 CB 8455-99-902-2553 ~ superseded by 8455-99-869-2066 below  - Was first coded as 8455-99-902-2533 in error)
Left Centre   Second Official issue pattern, worn whilst waiting for anodised badges to be manufactured in sufficient quantities
Red/Yellow/Light Blue Woven on a Dark Navy Blue Backing with Blue Garter Motto with Last 7 NSN 869-2066 on  removable tab beneath
This badge is the main Second Pattern, and can be found with or without removable tab when 'used'
It is possible that this badge was produced with NSN Tab to correctly identify it from the earlier examples.
(Pattern No. 27984 ~ NSN CB 8455-99-869-2066 (superseded 8455-99-902-2553 above) ~ Declared Obsolete by April 1997)
Right Centre   Red/Yellow/Light Blue Woven on a Black Backing.
Reported to be for RLC Personnel attached to Army Air Corps for wear on Light Blue Beret.
(Possibly a Locally  Purchased Item)
 
Right   Yellow (Gold) onto Red’ Woven  Beret Badges with Merrowed Edges.
Not worn by any RLC Airborne units/individuals
Reported to have been worn by RLC Chefs  attached to Kings Regiment. This however has still to be confirmed.

Bottom Row

‘Yellow (Gold) onto Navy Blue’ Woven  Beret Badges with Merrowed Edges.
Not approved by the RLC Dress Committee. But supplied by unit PRI's This type of badge is no longer seen in use.
(Note however that the last on the right is the same design as the 'Red' version on the top row!)

Metal Beret Badges



Method of Fixing Other Rank Badges

All issue Other-Ranks cap badges are of the slider fixing design (illustrated at left)

Issue Collar Badges have a single lug towards to top rear of badge (illustrated at right)
This is a throwback to the Royal Corps of Transport Collar Badge, which had a voided EIIR centre.

BADGE, ORGANISATION CAP; Royal Logistic Corps; Other Ranks
Pattern First Sealed 27/07/92


First Pattern ~ Anodised Cap & Collar Badges
Three Piece, Gold Anodised design with White Metal Central 'Ordnance' Shield
Cap Badge - Pattern No. 24788 ~ NSN CB 8455-99-978-8933
Collar Badges - Pattern No. 24789 - NSN CB 8455-99-978-8934
Progressively withdrawn from use from April 2003 and Declared Obsolete December 2003


Second (A) Pattern ~  Gilt & Enamel Metal Badges
One Piece, Bright Gilt Gold Metal design with Painted Blue Garter & Scroll,
with White Metal Central 'Ordnance' Shield with Painted Red background
Cap Badge - Pattern No. 24788A  (Sealed Pattern shows same NSN as Anodised Example)
Collar Badges - Pattern No. 24789A  (Sealed Pattern shows same NSN as Anodised Example)
Approval Withdrawn late 1994 in favour of the Anodised  Gilt/Silver examples above.
However they continued to be sold by unit PRI's well into the late 1990's - Often mistaken as 'Officers Pattern'
Corps Approved usage of Collar Badges by RLC Staff Band & Corps of Drums in No1 Dress.
A small quantity of this pattern are believed to have been introduced into the supply chain in error.

Third (B) Pattern ~ Gilt Metal Badges
One Piece, Dull Gilt Gold Metal design with White Metal Central 'Ordnance' Shield
(Issued 2003 for 10th Anniversary of RLC Issue)
Cap Badge - Pattern No. 24788B ~ NSN CB 8455-99-978-8933
Collar Badges - Pattern No. 24789B - NSN CB 8455-99-978-8934
(Early examples came heat sealed with full details on bags)
Produced from November 2002 - Supersedes Patterns 24788 & 24789 under same NSN
for bulk exchange commencing April 2003

Variations of above badges to follow

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