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Wales

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 - 25th & 26th  September 2017
  • Bangor University - 20th & 21st September 2017
  • Cardiff Metropolitan University - 20th September 2017
  • Cardiff University - 26th to 28th September 2017
  • Chester University - 29th September 2017
  • Chester University of Law - To be confirmed
  • Glyndwr University, Wrexham - 28th September 2017
  • Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama (Cardiff) - To be confirmed
  • Swansea University - Bay campus - 25th September 2017
  • Swansea University - Main campus - 26th & 27th September 2017
  • University Wales Trinity St David - Lampeter 29th September 2017
  • University of South Wales - Treforest - To be confirmed
  • University of South Wales - Newport To be confirmed

 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 after the Fresher’s Fair. Details to be issued at each of the Fresher’s Fair.

  • Aberystwyth Army Reserve Centre, Boulevard Street
  • Bangor University Lecture Rooms
  • Ty Richard Wain VC, Maindy Barracks, Cardiff
  • Swansea Army Reserve Centre, Glamorgan Street, Swansea
  • Chester University of Law Lecture Room
  • Giyndwr University (Wrexham) Lecture Room

 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.

Date: Sat 7th Oct 2017 Time: 0800 to 1600hrs

  • Aberystwyth Detachment – 
    Army Reserve Centre, Boulevard Street, Brieuc, Aberystwyth, SY23 1PH
  • Bangor Detachment – 
    The Barracks, Llanberis Road, Caernarfon, LL552DD
  • Swansea Detachment – 
    Army Reserve Centre, John Chard VC House, Glamorgan Street, Swansea, SA1 3SY
  • Cardiff Detachment – 
    Ty Richard Wain VC, Maindy Barracks, Whitchurch, Cardiff, CF14 3YE
  • Wrexham Detachment – 
    Hightown Barracks, Kingmill Road, Wrexham, LL13 8RD

If selected, you will need to attend a medical 

  • Aberystwyth Detachment – Sunday 15th Oct  2017, 0800 to 1600hrs
    Army Reserve Centre, Boulevard Street, Brieuc, Aberystwyth, SY23 1PH
  • Bangor Detachment – Sunday 8th Oct 2017, 0800 to 1600hrs
    The Barracks, Llanberis Road, Caernarfon, LL552DD
  • Swansea Detachment – Sunday 15th Oct 2017, 0800 to 1600hrs
    Army Reserve Centre, John Chard VC House, Glamorgan Street, Swansea, SA1 3SY
  • Cardiff Detachment – Saturday 14th Oct 2017, 0800 to 1600hrs
    Ty Richard Wain VC, Maindy Barracks, Whitchurch, Cardiff, CF14 3YE
  • Wrexham Detachment – Sunday 8th Oct 2017, 0800 to 1600hrs
    Hightown Barracks, Kingmill Road, Wrexham, LL13 8RD

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.

Sport

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.

Social

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!