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Joining procedure and entry requirements

Previous military experience to join an UOTC is not required. Volunteers normally sign up for the three years but can resign at any time, for any reason. Most cadets enjoy the training and the insights they gain into military life so much that they see it through.


An intake of new Officer Cadets occurs every September/October, some UOTCs will take recruits at other times. A team of current Officer Cadets and Staff travel to the university Fresher's Fairs recruiting new students. This is the perfect opportunity to approach the team with any burning questions. The next step is usually to attend an open evening followed by the Selection Weekend.

Each UOTC is different and the recruitment process varies slightly. Details of open evenings, meetings and selection weekends are posted on the individual UOTC pages ahead of the autumn term. If you have already decided you want to join, please use the contact details for your university's UOTC.

Register your interest

The best way to register your interest is to download and complete the three forms in the right-hand column – application, medical summary and medical detail (renaming them with your surname and initials) and email them into your chosen UOTC. You can also complete by hand and bring them along to the fresher's fairs or on the unit open evenings. Only email an official mod.uk address.

 Entry requirements

The basic requirements you must meet to join us are that you must have two years of an undergraduate degree left to study, be a full-time student in our catchment area, satisfy our medical, fitness, and nationality requirements, and be selected on our selection board in September/October. For further details see below:


The following is a list of immediate barriers to entry into the UOTC:

  • Loss of limbs
  • Loss of sight in either eye
  • Severe diminished mental capacity
  • Severe emotional instability
  • Discharging ears/deafness

You may be disqualified from joining the UOTC if you are suffering or have ever suffered from the following conditions:

  • Red/green colour blind
  • Heart Disease/Rheumatic Fever
  • Asthma or Wheezing
  • Hay fever or allergies (dependent on severity)
  • Bronchitis, pleurisy or pneumonia
  • Haemoptysis
  • Tuberculosis
  • Digestive, bowel or abdominal disorders
  • Jaundice
  • Kidney, bladder or genital (including venereal) diseases
  • Haemorrhoids
  • Epilepsy, fits, faints or blackouts
  • Migraine or severe headache
  • Head injury or concussion
  • Backache, pain in the knee or other joints
  • Any severe sprain or fracture
  • Malaria or other tropical diseases
  • Nervous breakdown or mental illness
  • Any episode of self-injury or poisoning
  • Any skin disease
  • Any severe reactions to drugs or injections


Although the Army Reserve Recruiting Policy is to recruit personnel up until the age of 32, this may not be appropriate to an organisation like the UOTC.

Firstly, it is an Officer Training Corps establishment therefore candidates should be eligible to enter Sandhurst upon completion of their degree. Furthermore, the suitability of candidates over the age of 25 may be questionable.

All candidates over the age of 25 should be referred to the Commanding Officer; at whose discretion the candidate may be allowed to continue with the Selection Process. Examples of when this may be applicable include candidates for Professional Qualification Commissioning Courses (Doctors, dentists etc) and older candidates seeking Army Reserve Commissioning. If you are over 25, you may apply to the Commanding Officer or you may wish to consider looking at other branches of the Army Reserve.


You must be a British or Commonwealth Citizen with leave to remain (check eligibility with chosen unit), or an Irish National.

University status

Applicants must be enrolled in a recognised Undergraduate or Postgraduate degree programme and in most cases should have at least two years left of their course. At the Commanding Officer’s discretion those who are at Postgraduate level but are considering careers in the military, or have evidence of the pursuit of further education once they have completed their current course, may be considered.


In order for the joining process to run smoothly, you'll need to have the following documents and information (if you can't produce them, this could delay your enlistment or make it impossible for you to join - so try to get them together before coming to University).

  • Birth Certificate
  • Passport
  • Driving License if held (both parts)
  • Cheque book
  • All Bank details - Account Number and Sort Code for payment
  • Naturalisation certificate (if applicable)
  • Proof of blood group (if held)
  • Two passport type photographs
  • Student Union Card
  • National Insurance Card (or NI number if known)
  • NHS Card (or NHS number if known)

Additionally you'll be asked for the the following information:

  • Date and place of birth of natural parents and siblings
  • Current address and telephone number of parents
  • Name and addresses of at least 2 references who have known you for 3 years or more

However, don't worry if you don't have all of the above documents, call up anyway and we can still get you started on the recruitment process. Should you have any queries, do not hesitate to get in touch using the contact details listed on the website.

Selection Weekend

If you like what you see at an open evening, the next step is to attend a selection weekend. It's nothing to worry about. It comprises of some group tasks and discussions as well as an interview. You will be told, usually within a week or so, if you have been selected and you will then be asked to attend an Army medical.
UOTC selection

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