Founded in 1909, the University of London Officers' Training Corps (ULOTC) is an Army Reserve unit and part of the University of London, as well as the largest Officers' Training Corps in the country.
All members of the ULOTC are students at universities and colleges within London and Kent, and on enlistment, members become volunteer Officer Cadets (OCdts) of the Army Reserve. Members are all students first and foremost, as well as being part of the best student society in London and Canterbury.
ULOTC offers leadership development through military and adventurous training... And the communication, team building and leadership skills gained at the ULOTC are skills for life: whether an Officer Cadet goes on to become an Army Officer, as a small number do, or takes up a civilian career like the majority.
Our training is structured to suit the academic timetables of all our universities. The minimum annual commitment we ask for is 12 mid-week training evenings, 9 weekends and a 2-week summer camp early in the summer holidays.
Training evenings take place from 1900 to 2200 hours on a Tuesday night, while the training weekends, which are for the whole unit, can be on any military training area in the South East of England. We also go further afield on summer camp. Outside of the training calendar, London UOTC also takes part in a range of different competitions led by regiments from all over the country.
OCdts are reimbursed for every day spent with the ULOTC, including Adventurous Training.
Those who join us will undertake a broad range of training, from military skills and marksmanship to fitness training and presentational skills. The instructors are Regular and Reserve Army Officers and Non-Commissioned Officers, assisted by senior Officer Cadets.
Training nights take place weekly on Tuesdays from 1900 to 2200, in order for OCdts to learn the skills needed to take part in the exercise weekends. There is usually one exercise weekend per month during term time, where the theory is put into practice. These weekends are challenging mentally and physically, but always fun and enjoyable. Annual Continuation Training is a two-week training camp in the summer and is the culmination of the year's training.
Adventurous Training or “AT” develops leadership, fitness, and both moral and physical courage, as well as enabling OCdts to experience numerous challenging outdoor activities. All expeditions are heavily subsidised by the Army on top of the pay you’ll receive.
Recent expeditions have taken OCdts skeleton bobbing in Germany, scuba diving in the Red Sea, skiing in the Alps, and skydiving in Canada, all organised by the Officer Cadets themselves. There are also frequent opportunities for climbing, canoeing, sailing, kayaking, mountain biking, and mountaineering. As an additional bonus, many courses run by the ULOTC will give participants civilian-recognised qualifications, and the option to progress to instructor level and beyond.
As well as having a fully-equipped gym on site and Army-qualified Physical Training Instructors, the ULOTC has sports teams for almost any sport conceivable, including: football, rugby, polo, cross country, hockey, netball, and skiing.
With camaraderie at the heart of what we do, our social calendar is packed with events ranging from our traditional Annual Regimental Dinner to fancy dress parties in the Officers’ Mess and nights out in London. The ULOTC is comprised of students from universities right across London and the Greater London area meaning you’ll have the chance to socialise with people from a wider variety of courses and backgrounds. The experiences that Officer Cadets share, both as part of training and socially, create strong friendships and a sense of Unit identity.
The Canterbury Detachment was formed in 2011 in order to accommodate students from the Kent area. Officer Cadets in Canterbury and London undergo the same training, and work alongside each other on training exercises as well as sharing social events.
All you need to do is follow 3 simple steps:
Step 1: Either find us at a Freshers’Fair...
We will be attending Freshers’Fairs at many London and Kent universities so look out for us.
You can also follow us on Twitter @ULOTC or email UOTCLondon-Recruiting@mod.uk
... Or attend an Open Evening at Yeomanry House/Leros Barracks.
Come to Yeomanry House (London) or Leros Barracks (Canterbury) to learn more about what we have to offer and the benefits of joining. You can meet current members of ULOTC, ask any questions you might have, and enjoy a drink in the bar. Dates are as follows
Step 2: Complete a recruitment questionnaire and send it in to us at UOTCLondon-Recruiting@mod.uk
Call or email with any questions on the contact details listed below.
Step 3: Selection Weekend
The Selection Weekend, while compulsory, is a prime opportunity for you to decide whether the OTC is right for you and for us to ensure that you are right for us.
Selection weekend dates:
Main Recruiting Telephone: 0207 414 3846Medical Enquiries: 0207 414 3847Canterbury Telephone: 0122 781 7981Urgent Enquiries: 0207 414 3887
General Enquires: UOTCLondon-0Group@mod.uk
Recruiting Enquires: UOTCLondon-Recruiting@mod.uk
Medical Enquiries: UOTCLondon-RecruitingAdmin4@mod.uk
University of London Officers' Training CorpsYeomanry House,
Handel StreetLONDONWC1N 1NPULOTC
Canterbury Detachment,Leros Barracks,
Sturry RoadCANTERBURYCT1 1HR