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Military training

Your training will follow a syllabus as laid out by the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, the world’s premier leadership training centre. Weekly training nights are used to build up your theory and basic practical lessons. During your first year there will be two weekend exercises per term and these will give you the opportunity to develop your practical skills.

Your training will vary depending on the UOTC, but the same basic content is covered. There are two modules of training to take in the first two years (known as MOD1 & MOD2), involving written and practical tests. 

Year One: Basic training

This year involves getting drilled, getting dirty and getting discipline. Cadets will get a handle on all basic military techniques, from map reading to camouflage, from first aid to weapons training, and from radio procedure to fieldcraft. Other skills include learning how to set up camp at night and how to fire and manoeuvre effectively as part of a team. It's an exciting and challenging year whether you are in an infantry unit or with a specialist wing, this is typically covered in six weekends of training.

Year two: Becoming a Leader

Having learnt how to be a member of an effective military team, the second year teaches cadets how to manage soldiers, equipment, and the battlefield. This involves everything from planning an attack, to giving effective orders and ensuring they are carried out and from directing a constructive debrief after an exercise to ensuring the welfare of all of those under command.

Year three: Leadership in Action

An increasing number of cadets choose to go forward for officer selection either in the Regular Army or Army Reserve, others choose to enjoy the remainder of their time in the UOTC as senior cadets. All cadets will have the opportunity to take up the challenge of leading and supervising new recruits.

Commitment

Studies come first. Training and exercises are structured around the academic calendar. Most activities take place during the winter and spring terms with a two-week summer camp, scheduled early to allow for other commitments. Having successfully completed basic training, the amount of time cadets commit to activities depends on the amount of time that can be spared. Training takes place on one evening a week as well as some weekends and an annual 16-day camp.
UOTC Commitment

Leadership training

While all cadets can learn practical leadership and teamwork from adventure training and military exercises, the UOTC will also help develop personal strengths and identify and improve on weaknesses through activities such as 'Command Tasks' that are designed to test leadership in action. There is also the opportunity to gain the City and Guilds Leadership Award, recognised by employers throughout the country.
UOTC leadership

Army Reserve Commission

The ultimate aim of your service could be to obtain the Queen's Commission in the Army Reserve. Full details of the training and selection can be found by clicking the link below.

 

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