Training and skills
Officer Cadets receive pay for every day spent with the ULOTC, including Adventurous Training.
Those who join us will undertake a broad range of leadership training, from military skills to adventurous pursuits, presentational skills to survival techniques, and fitness training to marksmanship. The instructors are Regular and Reserve Army Officers and Non-Commissioned Officers, assisted by senior Officer Cadets.
Training nights take place on Tuesday between 1830 and 2100. On training nights Officer Cadets learn the skills needed to take part in the exercise weekends. There is usually one exercise weekend per month during term time, where Officer Cadets put the skills they have learned into practice. These weekends are challenging mentally and physically, but always fun and enjoyable. Annual Training Package is a two – week training camp in the summer and is the culmination of the year's training.
In essence, Officer Cadets are taught how to become leaders.
Once a student joins, their ULOTC career is built around a three year course of training:
- In year one (A Company), Officer Cadets are taught the basics of soldiering alongside a leadership development programme provided by RMA Sandhurst. They are also eligible for Adventurous Training with the British Army.
- In year two (B Company), Officer Cadets hone the skills taught throughout A Company, as well as learning and practicing how to give orders to and command a platoon. B Company Officer Cadets get the chance to command their peers on training weekends, leading their peers through attacks and other scenarios.
- In year three (C Company), Officer Cadets receive command appointments, with roles putting them directly in command of A and B Company Officer Cadets. Those in C Company also work closely with Regular and Reserve Officers and other experienced members of the Army, organising military and Adventurous Training.
The ULOTC has a sports society for almost any sport conceivable. If there is a particular sport you wish to pursue, the Army is happy to facilitate Officer Cadets in organising teams. The ULOTC arranges competitive matches against other University Societies, UOTCs, Regular and Reserve Units.
Currently there are ULOTC teams for the following sports:
Adventure Races (e.g. Tough Mudder)
As with all time spent with the Regiment, Officer Cadets will be paid for their time representing the ULOTC in sports.
There is also a free, fully equipped gym on site; Army-qualified Physical Training Instructors (often Officer Cadets who have been trained during their time at the ULOTC) are available to offer help and advice. In addition, there are free weekly circuits sessions for who wish to improve or maintain their fitness levels.
Adventurous training, or AT, develops leadership, teamwork, physical fitness, and moral and physical courage, as well as enabling Officer Cadets to try enjoyable activities they may not have done before. Officer Cadets are able to participate in AT expeditions, which gives them the opportunity to experience any number of challenging outdoor activities. All expeditions are heavily subsidised by the Army on top of the pay you will receive.
In addition to an excellent climbing wall on-site, there are also frequent opportunities in outdoor climbing, canoeing, sailing, kayaking, mountain biking, fell running, and summer and winter mountaineering, just to name a few. Recent expeditions have taken Officer Cadets skeleton bobbing in Germany, scuba diving in the Red Sea, skiing in the Alps and skydiving in Canada, all organised by Officer Cadets.
There are also Army-organised AT courses including gliding, hang gliding and parachuting as well as many other diverse courses. The majority of courses run by the ULOTC will give participants civilian recognised qualifications, and the option of progressing to instructor level and beyond.
Read more about expedition life in the reports in the documents panel on the right.
Throughout the year there are ample opportunities to meet, socialise with, and work alongside other areas of the British Army, and be paid to do so. These range from interest lectures and familiarisation visits, through to participating in exercises with other Regiments - spanning anything from one night to several weeks.
For those possibly considering a life in the military, these visits allows Officer Cadets to broaden their understanding of the Armed Forces, as well as gaining an insight into the day-to-day running of different Regiments.
The networking opportunities at these and other events - such as Regimental dinners, formal balls, cocktail parties and weekly socials in the unit’s mess bar - will prove invaluable to those pursuing civilian and military careers alike.
The Canterbury Company was formed in 2011 and falls under the ULOTC catchment area.
It serves Kent, primarily Canterbury Christchurch University and Kent University Canterbury. The Canterbury Company also has close links with local Army Reserve Unit (The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment), and even have their own training area which is used to enhance their training experience.
There are approximately 100 OCdts in the Company, who undergo the same training as the Officer Cadets in London; they also work alongside the London based Officer Cadets on training exercises as well as some social events, benefitting from the same fantastic opportunities as their colleagues in London.