The majority of activities you do with the UOTC will be paid. During your first year you will earn £39.38 for a full day, rising to £46.72 upon completion of our second year syllabus and £76.11 upon completion of Sandhurst as an Army Reserve Officer. Travel expenses could be claimed for travel to the Barracks, depending on distance.
Your bounty is an extra ‘bonus’ that you will receive in October if you have successfully completed your training commitment, which is 16 training nights and attendance at annual camp in the summer holidays including attempting the army’s annual fitness assessment and a rifle handling test.
The current rates are:
Many employers recognise that the Army Reserve teaches valuable skills. On joining as an Officer Cadet, the leadership, teamwork and management skills that are part of life in the UOTC can make a big difference on the CV.
The UOTC will teach you how to think on your feet and make decisions under pressure. Some of these skills may not have direct significance to careers after university, but cadets will have the chance to take on responsibilities that help put them ahead of fellow graduates in the race for jobs.
Learning new skills out of the academic box can be incredibly rewarding.
You gain an insight into what motivates you and others, develop self-confidence, learn management and leadership techniques and have fun at the same time. It is also incredibly useful and satisfying to discover what you are capable of under different kinds of pressure - you'll probably surprise yourself. You will acquire new skills, some perhaps alien to you at the present, like radio communications, navigation, first aid and weapon handling.
You will learn the value of discipline, team-work, effective man-management and the application of limited resources. From time to time you will be required to complete tasks in extremes of climate, whilst at the end of your physical and mental strength - and more likely than not you'll succeed.
What seems like the unendurable at the time will later, in the warmth of the bar seem unbelievably funny. Not only will you learn about life and life in the Armed Forces, you will learn vital lessons about yourself.