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
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.
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.
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.
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 (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!