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Social life

‘Work hard, play hard’ is a simple concept that is followed by most of the UOTCs. Whether it's relaxing with friends after a training night in the Mess (the UOTC private bar) or joining in with the games at fancy dress parties, there will always be plenty of opportunities for you to enjoy yourself.

Entertainment is key to maintaining morale within the Army and mess life within the Officer Corps is structured in a way that develops manners and networking skills, while also encouraging young people to have fun both in new creative ways and ways that respect tradition.

There are also formal dinners throughout the year, where many UOTCs host high-profile guests. These events are usually the talk of the town and sell out very quickly.

Mess life

Students are introduced to the requirements and structure of Army Mess life during the first year and sample the benefits. They are then actively encouraged to help organise social activities during their second year and then, in the third year, become part of the Mess Management Committee.

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