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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 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 a varied social calendar. Importantly, we give you the opportunity to develop teamwork, leadership, communication and organisational abilities that will enhance your skill-set, alongside university studies.

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.

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.

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 University Officer’s Training Corps, ready to answer your questions. Dates for 2017 events TBC.

Though recruiting for September 2016 intake has now closed, we have a second recruiting drive in February 2017.

Please contact us to express your interest and to attend an Open Evening:




Step 2 - Attend an Open Evening

Come to the unit for a familiarisation visit held at the Cambridge ARC. You will be given a short introduction and insight into what we do, meet current members and be able to sign up for a compulsory medical day.

07 February 1900hrs

CUOTC, Army Reserve Center, Coldhams Lane, Cambridge, CB13HS
NORWICH: CUOTC Army Reserve Centre, 325 Aylsham Road, Norwich, NR32AB


Step 3 - Attend a compulsory medical and selection day

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

18 February 17

Timings and further details will be provided at the Open Evening.

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