The University Officers’ Training Corps (UOTC) is an Army Reserve unit, but it’s not unlike a university society. The UOTC gives students the chance to develop their leadership skills and take part in rigorous military training – and get paid for it.
The University Officers’ Training Corps is designed to fit around the academic calendar.
The University Officers’ Training Corps offers complete military training modules delivered by Royal Military Academy Sandhurst instructors.
UOTC members are classed as officer cadets and are part of the Army Reserve. Many go on to secure leadership roles in the Regular Army, but they cannot be mobilised for active duty and have no obligation to join the armed forces when they finish university.
The UOTC isn’t your average university society. Members get to grips with basic and advanced military techniques, from map reading and radio procedures to camouflage and weapons training.
The corps also runs an active sporting programme, with teams for most major sports – and like any university society, there’s a lively social scene, from formal dinners to fancy dress parties.
The University Officers’ Training Corps is open to all undergraduates who have a desire to learn, develop and challenge themselves. Previous military experience is not required.
The nationwide network of 15 UOTCs and two officer training regiments draws students from more than 150 universities. Each UOTC is effectively an independent regiment with its own cap badge, stable belt and traditions, usually closely tied to the university.
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The mission of the University Officers’ Training Corps isn’t just to develop future leaders of the British Army. They also aim to provide a positive military experience to those officer cadets who go on to civilian employment, in the hope that they will act as advocates for the armed forces in the public sphere.