RMA Sandhurst

Officer Training

Serve to lead

At the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, you will conduct training designed to make you an effective leader of soldiers. Military training is infantry-based so that everyone, no matter what their eventual regiment or corps, will have mastered the core essentials before they go on to more specialised training after Sandhurst.

There are several courses that the Academy runs, these are listed below.

Regular Officer

Training at Royal Military Academy Sandhurst lasts for 44 weeks, broken down into three 14-week terms. Between each term, there are adventurous training exercises and 2-3 weeks of leave.

Term One focuses on basic military skills, fitness and decision making.
Term two continues the development of leadership skills and has a major academic component. Officer cadets select their future corps or regiment at this stage.
Term Three puts the Officer Cadet's new skills into practice on complex and demanding training exercises in the UK and overseas.

The Commissioning Course is accredited by various academic and professional institutions.

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Reserve Officer

The course (Commissioning Course Short) takes eight weeks to complete and is based directly on the Regular Commissioning Course. It is split equally into four modules. It is an intense, challenging course designed to teach the fundamentals of soldiering and develop Officer Cadets as leaders.

Someone who holds an Army Reserve commission will have learned a wide range of valuable leadership and managerial skills that can also be used in the civilian workplace. For that reason, many employers actively support employees who wish to become Army Reserve Officers.

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Professionally Qualified Officers

The Professionally Qualified Officer (PQO) course at Sandhurst is for new British Army Officers who hold professional qualifications, such as doctors, vets, lawyers, dentists, nurses, physiotherapists and chaplains. The course is designed to familiarise PQOs with military life and to prepare them for operational deployment.

The course (Commissioning Course Short) takes eight weeks to complete and is based directly on the Regular Commissioning Course. The focus is on officership, command and leadership, and the syllabus includes field training, physical training, weapons training and, of course, drill. When not out in the field PQOs will find themselves in the classroom, learning, for example, about global security, aspects of leadership psychology and the history of warfare.

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Make better use of your time at University

The University Officers’ Training Corps (UOTC) is an Army Reserve unit that recruits exclusively from university students. Its aim is to train the future generation of Officers for both the Regulars and Reserves, however, there is no commitment to join after university.

University students who join the University Officers' Training Corps will have the opportunity to undertake Reserve Officer training modules designed to fit around their degrees. This will teach you everything from how to wear a uniform correctly to the ability to lead others in stressful situations. The UOTC provides a standard of experience and training that is well respected within the Army, and highly sort after by numerous civilian employers.

The UOTC also develops leadership through Sport and Adventurous Training. Each unit has teams for most major sports and in Adventurous Training, you can experience everything from kayaking to rock climbing.

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Train and serve as a full-time officer in the Army Reserve for up to 12 months. You'll spend time learning at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (8 weeks), before commissioning, and being given responsibility for leading and managing soldiers. You'll be given lots of activities and experiences on the programme to help you develop your leadership skills.

Lead First officers are given a Full-Time Reserve Service contract, and will be paid, as well as be given food and accommodation while on the scheme.

Once you've finished the programme, you'll have the option to carry on serving as an officer in the Army Reserve if you want.

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International students

With an illustrious history stretching back more than 200 years, it has moulded generals, heads of state and captains of industry – many of whom are drawn from foreign military organisations who want their officers to be the best.

The academy continues to be a global centre of excellence for leadership to this day and has in recent times trained officers from over 90 different countries. 

Highlights from the courses

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Ex Dynamic Victory

The final exercise of the Regular Commissioning Course, this two-week exercise puts all the military training Officer Cadets have learnt to the test. At the end of the exercise, if they have passed, Officer Cadets can wear their regimental head-dress for the first time. 

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All courses seek to produce Officers with the fundamentals of soldiering. You'll learn everything from how to fire and keep your rifle serviceable to how to set up and camouflage shelters. 

You'll be taught about what it means to be a soldier and how the Army works as well as learning survival and fieldcraft skills, first aid, and how to use a rifle.

Plus you'll work on your health and fitness levels. 

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International training

With an illustrious history stretching back more than 200 years, it has moulded generals, heads of state and captains of industry – many of whom are drawn from foreign militaries.

The academy continues to be a global centre of excellence for leadership to this day.

Officer Cadets also have the opportunity to train with other nations, such as training exercises in Oman and exchanges with the United States' Westpoint Academy.

International Engagement


Sovereign's Parade

The Sovereign's Parade at the end of each term marks the passing out from Sandhurst of Officer Cadets who have completed the Commissioning Course and is the result of many hours of hard work. It is the grandest day in the Sandhurst calendar as friends, family and VIPs gather before Old College Square to watch the cadets take part in their final parade.

During the ceremony, the Sword of Honour, the Overseas Sword and the Queen's Medal are awarded by the Sovereign's Representative to the top Officer Cadets. The parade traditionally ends with the Adjutant riding his horse up the steps of Old College as he follows the graduating Officer Cadets through the Grand Entrance.

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Royal Military Academy Sandhurst Commissioning Parade for Course 192

Traditions were both maintained and changed as officer cadets formally completed their training at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.

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Commissioning Course 191 gain the Royal seal of approval

HRH the Countess of Wessex takes the salute at today's Sovereign's Parade at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.


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