University Officers' Training Corps

London UOTC


London UOTC (ULOTC) recruits from universities right across London and the South East. They also have a Canterbury detachment which recruits from Canterbury Christchurch University and University of Kent.



What we do

The University Officer Training Corps (UOTC) is a non-deployable Type B Reserve organisation. It offers university students the opportunity to undertake Reserve Officer training modules over the course of three years. First founded in 1906, since then, the country’s various UOTCs have continually been providing a standard of experience and training that is well respected within the Army, and highly sort after by numerous civilian employers.

When on duty, due to being part of the Army Reserve, cadets are paid for their time and devotion. It must be noted that university study is always a student’s priority, all training is designed to fit around your academic calendar. There is no obligation for a student who joins to then go on and serve in the Regular Army, or the Army Reserve.

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Military training

In their first year, Officer Cadets will cover basic soldering skills, ranging from the wearing of uniform correctly to conducting attacks. A cadet’s second year will see them focus on leadership training. They will be taught how to manage soldiers, equipment and the battlefield. It will instruct them how to form a plan and subsequently deliver, then execute, a set of orders.

Year three gives Officer Cadets the opportunity to take up leadership positions within the UOTC. Some cadets use this year to go forward for officer selection, either for the Regular Army or Army Reserve, at the Army Officer Selection Board.


Sport and adventurous training

The UOTC also offers a wealth of opportunities in Sport and Adventurous Training. Every unit has teams for all of the major sports. The UOTCs annually come together and play each other for the much-coveted Queen’s Challenge Cup at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. With regard to Adventurous Training, Officer Cadets can experience almost everything from sailing to mountain biking. Like any other university society, all UOTCs provide and hold regular social events. Particular highlights include the Regimental Dinners, Cocktail Parties and fun-filled fancy-dress parties.

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Offering the chance to make life-long friends, providing internationally-renowned leadership training, and offering a regular source of pay, the UOTC is a remarkable opportunity for young people seeking a student life less ordinary.


To join us, find our representatives at your freshers' fair or get in contact with the details below.