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Cambridge University OTC is formed by the students of University of Cambridge, Anglia Ruskin University (Cambridge), University of East Anglia (Norwich), University of Hertfordshire (Hatfield) and Essex University (Colchester).

Cambridge University OTC is formed of the students of University of Cambridge, Anglia Ruskin University, University of East Anglia and University of Hertfordshire.

Cambridge UOTC’s leadership development program is aligned with the standards of military training that all Officers in the British Army must undergo at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. 

We offer unmatched access to adventure training exercises, in the UK and abroad, while enjoying an active social and sporting calendar. Importantly, we give you the opportunity to develop teamwork, leadership, communication and organisational abilities that will enhance your skill-set, alongside university studies. Providing you with key transferable skills.

Personal development, character building, improving problem solving and time management skills, all form part of this chance to refine your competences. It is the prospect of striving towards new challenges and achievements that forms a large part of our identity as an organisation.

Whether you are interested in joining the British Army in future, or are looking to engage in a new challenge, life at Cambridge UOTC makes possible and delivers a student life less ordinary.

What we do

We conduct training in Cambridge and Norwich each Tuesday throughout University term time. Students attend and train at the closest location to their university. We also conduct Training Weekends over the academic year from October through to March.

During the summer months, we run a two-week camp, comprising of a field exercise, live-firing and adventurous training. Officer Cadets can put into practice the skills that they have acquired throughout the training year and be recognised for their efforts.

Additionally, it is possible to attend visits units in the Army if you are interested in joining the Regular or Army Reserve.

Why join us?

Training with Cambridge UOTC can provide valuable experience and opportunities that set you apart in an increasingly competitive employment market.

All Officer Cadets in Cambridge UOTC have the chance to gain a Level 5 Award in Management and Leadership through the Charted Management Institute.

Additionally, while our aim is not to recruit, we encourage and assist those with the interest to pursue a career in the Regular Army, or to continue in their spare time as a Reserve.


Cambridge UOTC has around 250 students across three Companies, roughly aligned with the year of academic study and level of training:

  • Stage 1: A Company to complete Module A
  • Stage 2: B Company to complete Module B
  • Stage 3: Advanced Wing to complete further leadership and development training

The training program introduces leadership alongside basic military skills and progresses to focus on the development of advanced leadership techniques and the chance to instruct and manage peers in a controlled risk environment.

Students are encouraged to take part in optional courses and events in order to further their opportunities.


Cambridge UOTC will be at all the University Freshers’ Fairs. Following the fairs, we will hold three Open Evenings and ask all interested students to attend a Medical Selection Day to ensure that they are fit to conduct UOTC training. Further details can be found by contacting the UOTC either by email or telephone.

Our history

The history of the Cambridge University Officer Training Corps date back to 1803 when students at the University formed the ‘Rifle Volunteers’ in apprehension of French invasion.

The Cambridge University Rifle Volunteers (CURV) grew to around 500 members around the time of the Boer War and a detachment was sent to South Africa to augment the Suffolk Regiment, the only university unit ever to see active service.  This action earned the CURV the Battle Honour ‘South Africa 1900-01’. The CURV became the CUOTC in 1908.

Recruiting for the 2016-17 academic year

How to join in 3 steps

Step 1 – Find us at Freshers’ Fairs

We have stalls at Freshers’ events manned by current members of the CUOTC, ready to answer your questions.

  •  Anglia Ruskin University – Friday 22nd September 2017
  •  University of East Anglia – Tuesday 26th September 2017
  •  University of Hertfordshire – Friday 29th September 2017
  •  University of Cambridge – Tuesday 3rd October and Wednesday 4th October 2017

We have a second recruiting drive in February 2018 – Dates to be confirmed.

Please contact us to express your interest and to attend an Open Evening: RMAS-Gp-OTC-Cambridge-Society@mod.uk or 01223247818

Step 2 – Attend an Open Evening

Come to the unit for a familiarisation visit held at either the Cambridge or the Norwich Army Reserve Centre. You will be given a short introduction and insight into what you will do, meet current members of the CUOTC and sign up for the compulsory medical day.


Cambridge Open Evening

Tuesday 3rd and 10th October 2017
CUOTC Army Reserve Centre
Coldhams Lane

Norwich Open Evening

Monday 2nd October 2017

CUOTC Army Reserve Centre
325 Aylsham Road
Transport will be provide from university locations.

Step 3 – Attend a compulsory medical and selection day

This is just so that we can ensure that you are eligible and medically fit to train.

Timings and further details will be provided at the Open Evenings. The medical days will be conducted over the following dates:

  • Saturday 7th October 2017  
  • Saturday 14th October 2017
  • Saturday 21st October 2017

The Light Blue Volunteers

CUOTC maintains firm links with its alumni through an association known as The Light Blue Volunteers (LBV). Many alumni have gone on to achieve great things in industry and the Army, and we keep in touch through regular events. The former Head of the Army, Chief of the General Staff, General Sir Peter Wall, is a former member and now the current Honorary Colonel of the Cambridge UOTC.

If you have served in Cambridge UOTC and wish to join the LBV then please email the Adjutant: RMAS-Gp-OTC-Cambridge-Adjt@mod.uk 

Contact CUOTC

Telephone: 01223 247818

Email: RMAS-Gp-OTC-Cambridge-0Mailbox@mod.uk

Cambridge UOTC
Army Reserve Centre, Coldham's Lane