Birmingham is the West Midlands’ OTC and recruits from: Aston University, Birmingham City University, Coventry University, Harper Adams University, Keele University, Newman University Birmingham, Staffordshire University, University College Birmingham, University of Birmingham, Warwick University, Wolverhampton University and Worcester University.
What We Do
Birmingham UOTC is focused upon providing leadership development training to selected undergraduates, utilising the four pillars of military training, adventurous training, sport, and social activities.
Over the past year, our students have conducted adventurous training in the form of skiing, hillwalking, rock climbing and kayaking in Scotland, Wales and France and Germany.
They have also completed in a military skills competition in Hamburg, competed in the arduous Cambrian Patrol competition in Wales and undertaken a Battlefield Study of the D-Day landings in Normandy.
why join Birmingham UOTC?
If you want to join a society whilst at university that will provide you with a challenge, whilst helping to develop your leadership potential both as an individual and within a team, then do not hesitate to get in touch.
Not only will you learn a lot about yourself, you will make new friends whilst also learning new skills that are easily evidenced to graduate recruiters and transferable within the graduate jobs market.
Hopefully, your experience within the OTC will also allow you to consider a career in the Army as either an Officer or Soldier.
In 1900 the University of Birmingham raised a company, sanctioned by the War Office, which was known as U Company of the 1st Volunteer Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment.
The Company held its first parade in May 1900 and the occasion was celebrated by the presentation of the Inter-Section Challenge Cup by the Chancellor of the University, Joseph Chamberlain.
In 1908, the Birmingham University contingent of the Officers' Training Corps was formally raised in response to the recommendations of the committee formed by Lord Haldane. Field Marshal William Slim, 1st Viscount Slim was a member of the Birmingham UOTC from 1912 to 1914. Birmingham UOTC is based at Montgomery House in Sparkbrook.
Sport and Social Activities
Sport and social activities play a key part of life within Birmingham UOTC. There are several functions and entertainment events, run specifically by the undergraduates, throughout the training academic year.
This year Birmingham UOTC undergraduates have also been able to represent, and be paid for representing, the Army at cricket, hockey and athletics.