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Manchester and Salford

Manchester and Salford University Officer Training Corps (MSUOTC) serves all universities within the Greater Manchester area and operates out of University Barracks, Boundary Lane, Manchester.

Who are we?

MSUOTCThe unit currently comprises about 200 Officers and Officer Cadets and some permanent regular staff. It is divided into sub units called companies and was opened by Her Majesty the Queen in December 1994.

As well as the military training facilities, we have a climbing wall, gymnasium and our own Officers' Mess. All Officer Cadets become members of this exclusive club when they join.

Despite the modern building we use as our training centre, the unit's roots go back to the earliest days of the University, with the first military company of undergraduates being formed in 1898.

Recruiting

MSUOTC recruits approximately 100 new officer cadets during Fresher's Fair each year. During Freshers' Week, potential candidates are welcome to come into University Barracks and meet members of both the Regular and Army Reserve staff as well as students from the OTC.

There is a short interview to find out why you are interested in joining and what qualities you have to offer. Following a successful interview, you will be invited to attend the standard medical examination for new Army recruits.

Selection weekend

Once you have been confirmed to join, you will be allocated a place on the MSUOTC Selection weekend at Warcop Training Camp in Cumbria. This is a challenging but very enjoyable weekend. Candidates complete a number of activities including a basic physical fitness test, abseiling down a 50ft climbing tower and working out a number of practical problems in a team.

Results of the Selection Weekend are sent out on the Monday morning and successful candidates will attend their first training event that Wednesday afternoon.

What else do we do?

Sport

MSUOTC is actively involved in a number of sports and has its own teams for rugby, football, hockey, netball, cross-country running and pentathlon. Other activities include boxing training and rock climbing.

We have a very successful shooting team, which trains on the 25m indoor range and takes part in a number of competitions in the UK and overseas.

Duke of Edinburgh Award

Many of your UOTC activities can count towards the Duke of Edinburgh Award. Local community work is encouraged alongside the more adventurous activities and many of the instructing staff are qualified to sign off your training for all three award levels.

Adventurous Training

Every year, MSUOTC runs a number of UK and overseas adventure training activities. If you are really into Adventurous Training (AT), we'll also show you which qualifications you'll need to gain to plan and lead your own expeditions with the unit.

Recent AT activities have included:

  • Hill walking and climbing in the Italian Dolomites
  • Scuba diving in Egypt
  • Hill walking along Hadrian's wall in Scotland
  • Annual downhill skiing trip in France
  • Hill walking in Wales
  • Sailing in Gosport and the Channel Islands
  • Hill walking, kayaking and white-water rafting in South Africa
  • Climbing, hill-walking, kayaking, kite-surfing and horse-riding in North Devon
  • Climbing in Bavaria.

Social activities

At University Barracks, we run our own exclusive 'club' with bar and catering facilities. The 'Officers Mess' is only open to members and invited guests and has a monthly programme of events organised by the Mess Committee, including quiz nights, fancy dress parties, club nights as well as several big annual events.

Regimental Dinner Night is held in November and on the final night of Annual Camp in June. Everyone gets to dress up in mess kit, dinner jacket for gentlemen or long dresses for ladies, for a traditional military dinner night. This means regimental silver on the table, a military band playing in the background, a loyal toast and 'pass the port' at the end of the meal. It is a fantastic evening and very different to anything else you will experience at University!

The former members dinner is an annual event which gives former UOTC members a chance to mix with current members, catch up with old friends and relive old memories.

The MSUOTC Ball is a large scale event held at University Barracks each Spring with a specific theme. Last year, it was 'Arabian Nights' with belly dancers, fire eaters, and snake charmers. This is usually accompanied by an all night disco with a 'survivors' photo and breakfast the next morning.

Remembrance Sunday is an important date for us and the unit goes on parade in Manchester City Centre as part of the military commemorations. Parents and Friends are invited to come and visit our facilities and sample our hospitality the evening before.

Charity functions and local community support activities play an important part in our social calendar. We also support organisations such as the Army Benevolent Fund and Manchester's 'Cash for Kids' Appeal.

Contact MSUOTC

Telephone: 0161 255 3284

Email: ManchesterOTC-PSAO@mod.uk

Capt G Mazzone RLC
PSAO, MSUOTC,
University Barracks, Boundary Lane,
Manchester M15 6DH

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