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Army Reserve

Every Army Reserve Officer in the British Army commissions from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. However, there are two different routes to the Academy.

One is through the University Officer Training Corps (UOTC) for university students as an Officer Cadet; the other is through a local Army Reserve unit. Both involve the completion of the same three qualifying modules before applying for the Commissioning Course at Sandhurst.

In order to be accepted onto the course, applicants first have to pass an Army Officer Selection Board (AOSB) at Westbury, which is identical in all respects to the Regular AOSB. Initial Officer training is a series of modules to develop your military, leadership and tactical skills and enables you to learn the same skills as Regular Army officers. Each of the first 2 modules are either broken up into 7 weekends with an Officer Training Corps or each done as a consolidated 2 week module at Sandhurst. The third module, also lasts for 2 weeks and takes place at Sandhurst. The fourth module is the Reserve Commissioning Course at Sandhurst, which is considered to be the culmination of Sandhurst’s world class leadership and management training. The 2 week course is designed to further develop your leadership ability and give you the key military skills required to have a successful Reserve career. All four modules are run back-to-back at Sandhurst, allowing you to complete all of your Reserve Officer training in a single eight week package if appropriate. The course ends with an impressive, formal Commissioning Parade in front of Old College to which family and friends are invited.

Someone who holds an Army Reserve commission will have learned a wide range of valuable leadership and managerial skills that can also be used in the civilian workplace. For that reason, many employers actively support employees who wish to become Army Reserve Officers.

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