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Wales Universities Officers' Training Corps (WUOTC) aims to develop the leadership potential of selected university students and raise awareness of the ethos, values and career opportunities of the Army.

Wales Universities Officers’ Training Corps (WUOTC) is a national unit and the largest OTC.  It is open to all Higher Education students in Wales and the Borders with detachments in five locations: Aberystwyth, Bangor, Cardiff, Swansea and Wrexham. The unit headquarters are Maindy Barracks, Cardiff.

The detachments are the hubs for weekday training and social activity; all locations train on a Tuesday evening where training is a mix of military activity, leadership training, sport and social activity. All paid!

The aim of all training in WUOTC is to develop leadership potential. This is an important and transferable skill, useful in all walks of life. You'll learn a lot whether you choose to stay in the Army or not.

Learn more about WUOTC at Fresher's Fairs at your respective university; you will have the chance to speak to our staff and current officer cadets. They can tell you about their experience of the OTC.

Interested? Call us on 029 20726183, or e-mail us at: RMAS-Gp-OTC-Wales-2IC@mod.uk

Thinking about joining us?

 You can join in three simple steps.

Step 1 - Find us at a Fresher’s Fair

We have stands at Fresher events at all our universities.

  • Aberystwyth University 26 & 27 Sept 2016
  • Bangor University 21 & 22 Sept 2016
  • Cardiff Metropolitan University 19  Sept 2016
  • Cardiff University 20 Sept 2016
  • Chester University 29 Sept 2016
  • Chester University of Law 23 Sept 2016
  • Glyndwr University, Wrexham 29 Sept 2016
  • Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama (Cardiff) 20 &21 Sept 2016
  • Swansea University - Bay campus 26 Sept 2016
  • Swansea University - Main campus 27 & 28 Sept 2016
  • University Wales Trinity St David - Lampeter 29 Sept 2016
  • University of South Wales - Treforest 20 Sept 2016
  • University of South Wales - Newport TBC

 Step 2 - Attend a Briefing Night

Come to the unit for a familiarisation visit at the various detachment locations. There will be a series of presentations and a chance to talk to current members. 

  • Aberystwyth Army Reserve Centre, Boulevard Street
    Wed 28th Sept 16, 18:00-19:30hrs
  • Bangor University Lecture Rooms (details to be issued at Freshers' Fair)
    Wed 21st Sept 16, 15:00-16:00hrs
    Thu 22nd Sept 16, 15:00-16:00hrs
  • Ty Richard Wain VC, Maindy Barracks, Cardiff
    Thu 22nd Sep 16, time TBC
  • Swansea Army Reserve Centre, Glamorgan Street, Swansea
    Thu 29th Sept 16, 17:30-19:00hrs
  • Chester University of Law Lecture Room (details to be issued at Freshers' Fair)
    Fri 23rd Sept 16, 15:00-16:00hrs
    Thu 29th Sept 16, 15:00-16:00hrs
  • Giyndwr University (Wrexham) Lecture Room (details to be issued at Freshers' Fair)
    Thu 29th Sep 16, 15:00-16:00hrs

 Step 3 - Selection Weekend

Each year, we have more people wanting to join than spaces, so applicants are invited to attend a Selection Weekend to see if they like what they see, and for us to see if you will enjoy our training environment. In the OTC enthusiasm and commitment is all we ask.

  • ·         Aberystwyth Detachment – Sat 1st Oct 2016
    Army Reserve Centre, Boulevard Street, Brieuc, Aberystwyth, SY23 1PH
  • ·         Bangor Detachment – Sat 24th Sept 2016
    The Barracks, Llanberis Road, Caernarfon, LL552DD
  •           Swansea Detachment – Sat 1st Oct 2016
    Army Reserve Centre, John Chard VC House, Glamorgan Street, Swansea, SA1 3SY
  •           Cardiff Detachment – Sat 24th Sept 2016
    Ty Richard Wain VC, Maindy Barracks, Whitchurch, Cardiff, CF14 3YE
  •            Wrexham Detachment – Sat 1st Oct 2016
    Hightown Barracks, Kingmill Road, Wrexham, LL13 8RD
If selected, you will need to attend a medical 

Military Training

 WUOTC has seven military training weekends a year. During the first year these weekends take officer cadets through a syllabus that covers everything from camouflage, weapon handling drills, tactics and how to live under the stars!. These weekends are complimented by Tuesday night week night training.

In the summer, there is a two-week annual camp, which usually involves a week of military training and a week of adventurous training and sport.

Each Easter there is the opportunity to apply for a 2 week exercise in Cyprus.

Adventurous Training, Sport and Social

Adventurous Training

Adventurous Training (AT) is a vital part of leadership development. It provides a challenge  and opportunity to learn new skills in a wide range of non-military environments.

WUOTC takes part in a number of AT trips each year; last year that included skiing in the Alps, sailing, walking in Corsica and Bavaria with glacier trekking in Iceland.


WUOTC has teams for rugby, football, cross country, netball and hockey. They compete against other OTCs in individual matches and in the annual Inter-OTC Queen's Cup Competition. There are also two inter-company sports days every year and the chance to compete in all Army events.  Some officer cadets go on to represent the Army in their chosen sport.


OTC is regarded by many as the best club in the University. The camaraderie created throughout the training and the lifestyle means that there is a great sense of belonging and this adds to the atmosphere at social functions. WUOTC also hosts a number of formal dinners each year. These are tied to the academic calendar and always popular.

…….and don’t forget, you get paid for the time you spend with the OTC!