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Benefits and pay

By the end of your training with UOTC you will have gained valuable experience which will look great on any CV, giving you a considerable advantage over fellow students in a competitive job market.

Pay and annual bonus

The majority of activities you do with the UOTC will be paid. During your first year you will earn £39.77 for a full day, rising to £47.19 upon completion of our second year syllabus. A 2Lt on Initial Officer Training or a Reserve Potential Officer will earn £63.96 per day once AOSB Main Board has been passed and £76.87 upon successful completion of the Commissioning Course at Sandhurst as an Army Reserve Officer. Travel expenses could be claimed for travel to the Barracks, depending on distance.

Your bounty is an extra ‘bonus’ that you will receive in October if you have successfully completed your annual training commitment of 27 days of Military Training; 15 of which are to be on a continuous Main Training Event (Annual Camp).

The current rates are:

  • Year 1 £149
  • Year 2 £175
  • Year 3 £211

Career prospects

Many employers recognise that the Army Reserve teaches valuable skills. On joining as an Officer Cadet, the leadership, teamwork and management skills that are part of life in the UOTC can make a big difference on the CV.

The UOTC will teach you how to think on your feet and make decisions under pressure. Some of these skills may not have direct significance to careers after university, but cadets will have the chance to take on responsibilities that help put them ahead of fellow graduates in the race for jobs.

Satisfaction and self-development

Learning new skills out of the academic box can be incredibly rewarding.

You gain an insight into what motivates you and others, develop self-confidence, learn management and leadership techniques and have fun at the same time. It is also incredibly useful and satisfying to discover what you are capable of under different kinds of pressure - you'll probably surprise yourself. You will acquire new skills, some perhaps alien to you at the present, like radio communications, navigation, first aid and weapon handling.

You will learn the value of discipline, team-work, effective man-management and the application of limited resources. From time to time you will be required to complete tasks in extremes of climate, whilst at the end of your physical and mental strength - and more likely than not you'll succeed.

What seems like the unendurable at the time will later, in the warmth of the bar seem unbelievably funny. Not only will you learn about life and life in the Armed Forces, you will learn vital lessons about yourself.

Leadership qualification

As well as achieving success in your academic studies you can also begin your working life with a highly rated national leadership qualification. Successful completion of the Military Training Qualifications 1 and 2, normally in your 2nd year, makes you eligible for the City and Guilds Leadership Award, equivalent to a level 4 NVQ - proving that you have management potential as well as academic ability.
UOTC Benefits Leadership

Thinking of joining?

An intake of new Officer Cadets usually occurs every September/October. Find out what basic requirements you need to join.

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