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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).

At Cambridge UOTC our leadership development program is set to the same standards of military training that all Officers must undergo at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. In addition we offer access to unmatched adventure training exercises, both in the UK and abroad, a varied social calendar and the chance to enhance your CV regardless of whether you are intending to join the Army or simply enjoying the excitement in your spare time.

Why join?

Our aim is not to recruit, but we do encourage and assist those with interest and aptitude in considering a Regular Army career or continuing to serve as a Reserve after graduation.

If you train with CUOTC you can gain valuable experience that could set you apart in a competitive job market. All Officer Cadets in CUOTC have the opportunity to gain a Level 5 award in Management and Leadership through the Chartered Management Institute. In addition, with the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst leadership program you will have the chance to hone man-management and practical leadership skills that come with the stamp of approval of the British Army's Officer Corps.

What we do

We conduct training in Cambridge and Norwich each Tuesday.

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 field exercising, live-firing and adventurous training. Officer Cadets can put into practice the skills that they have acquired throughout the training year and be recognized for their efforts.

Additionally, it is possible to attend visits to various parts of the Army, including the Royal Artillery, the Royal Engineers or the Royal Armoured Corps. 

Why join?

Training with Cambridge UOTC can provide valuable experience and opportunities that set you apart in an increasingly competitive employment market. All Officer Cadets in CUOTC have the chance to gain a Level 5 award in Management and Leadership through the Chartered Management Institute. In addition, through the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst’s leadership program, you can hone management and practical leadership skills that come with the stamp of approval of the British Army’s Officer Corps.

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 300 students across three Companies, roughly aligned with year of academic study and level of training:

1stYear: A (Kimberly) Company
2ndYear: B (Ladysmith) Company
3rdYear: Advanced Wing


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 of the university fresher’s fairs and we will hold three Open Evenings and ask all interested students to attend a Selection Day to ensure that they are fit to conduct UOTC training. All details can be found by contacting the UOTC either by email or telephone.

Our history

The history of the Cambridge University Officer Training Corps dates 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.

CUOTC recruiting for the 2016-17 academic year

Come and see us at the 2016 Freshers’ Fairs.

  • Anglian Ruskin University 23 Sep 16.
  • University of East Anglia 27 Sep 16.
  • University of Hertfordshire 30 Sep 16.
  • Cambridge University 4 – 5 Oct 16.

Then, join us for drinks and supper at one of our open evenings held in Cambridge and Norwich.

  • Mon 03 Oct at 1900hrs – Norwich ARC, 325 Aylsham Road, Norwich, NR3 2AB.
  • Tues 04 and 11 Oct 16 1900hrs – Cambridge ARC, Coldhams Lane, Cambridge, CB1 3HS.

Any queries or concerns, please contact CUOTC at: RMAS-Gp-OTC-Cambridge-0Mailbox@mod.uk or 01223 247818

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