University Officers' Training Corps
The mission of the University Officers' Training Corps (UOTC) is to develop the leadership potential of selected university students and raise awareness of the Army ethos.
The University Officers’ Training Corps (UOTC) is a Type B Army Reserve unit, but is very similar to a University society. It presents university students with a unique opportunity to develop themselves as leaders and challenge themselves by partaking in military exercises, adventurous training, sport, community projects and expeditions both in the UK and overseas.
There are 15 UOTCs and 2 Officer Training Regiments (OTRs – incorporating 2 UOTCs each) spread across the country. Catering for over 4000 university students drawn from about 150 Universities.
Each UOTC is effectively an independent regiment with its own cap badge, stable belt and traditions, and is usually based close to the University in self-contained buildings or within a local Army Reserve Centre.
UOTC members are classed as Officer Cadets (OCdt) and are members of the Army Reserve, paid when on duty. UOTC members cannot be mobilised for active service, have no obligation to join the armed forces when they leave university and can resign from the UOTC at any time.
The UOTC has two key roles. Firstly to provide a positive military experience to those OCdts who ultimately go on to civilian employment, so that they are minded to act as positive advocates for the Army and secondly, to aid in and facilitate the recruiting of regular and reserve officers.
The UOTC is led by officers and non-commissioned officers, who function as instructors and support staff, from the Regular Army and the Army Reserves.