University Officers' Training Corps

Tayforth UOTC

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What we do

Tayforth UOTC provides developmental leadership training to selected university students and potential Army Reserve Officers.  Individual leadership, teamwork and confidence are developed through an exciting programme of military and adventurous training, social events and sports opportunities.  You will find Tayforth a friendly and professional unit, embracing students from all walks of life and cultural backgrounds.  You will be welcomed to join after passing basic medical and UK residency requirements, and there is no commitment to join the Army afterwards.  Training takes place once a week in the evening and on several weekends throughout the term.  You will also have the opportunity to take part in longer exercises and expeditions outside of term time.

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Who we are

Tayforth UOTC is one of the oldest OTCs in the United Kingdom, its proud history stemming back to the formation of a Services unit at St Andrews University, the Corps of Volunteers in 1882. It has been an active part of the Reserve Forces of the British Army since.

Tayforth recruits from four universities and is organised into 3 subunits as follows:

  • A Squadron based at Wyvern House in St Andrews (students from the University of St Andrews)
  • B Squadron based at Park Wynd in Dundee (students from the University of Dundee and Abertay University)
  • C Company based at Forthside in Stirling (students from the University of Stirling)
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Why join Tayforth UOTC

If you want to make more of your time at University, develop your skills, make lifelong memories and friendships, and get paid to do so; then Tayforth UOTC is for you.

We also have our own Pipes and Drums, a highly regarded military band that plays at events locally and every year at the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

Take the next step and come and meet us!


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