NEWS

MARCH 2ND 2017

Focus on: East Midlands Universities Officers’ Training Corps

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East Midlands University Officer Training Corps

Did you know you can be paid to take part in a leadership development programme accredited by the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst while studying at university?

Throughout the country nineteen University Officer Training Corps (UOTC) offer students the chance to undertake a curriculum of military based activities alongside their studies to help them develop as future leaders, whether that be in the Armed Forces or in civilian organisations.

East Midlands Universities Officers’ Training Corps (EMUOTC) has been in existence for 108 years.  Its original purpose was to train young officers for the Great War but the world has moved on and now every year, EMUOTC offers around 100 students from the nine universities in the region this leadership development opportunity.

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Mountaineering with the EMUOTC

Major Richard King, EMUOTC Projects Officer, said: “We are not a recruiting organisation for the Army but we offer an insight into the military. Based on their experiences of EMUOTC, students go on to join the Regular Army, some join the Army Reserve and the remainder use this opportunity to enhance their chances of getting onto the career ladder.”

“EMUOTC offer a three year leadership development programme which you will get paid for. It also provides a great social scene and opportunities to meet new friends, travel the world, play sports and take part in adventure training. EMUOTC has something to offer everyone.”

Once selected to become Officers Cadets (OCdts), transport is provided to training sessions held in the East Midlands at Nottingham. OCdts are paid for attending training.

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Scuba diving with the OTC

The training curriculum is progressive and delivered over two years on a series of training evenings and weekends.  In the third year, cadets are given the opportunity to take up command appointments and be responsible for leading and delivering training to the first and second years.  For those looking for a greater challenge, there is the opportunity to attend a four week course at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and gain an Army Reserve Officer Commission

There’s also the opportunity to play sports at the highest level, including an inter-OTC Challenge Cup held at Sandhurst, against other Universities and there are even opportunities to represent the army in your chosen sport.

Richard continued: “The social side is an important element of OTC life and we hold a number of formal and informal social events throughout the year.   Learning about the social conventions and life in the officers’ mess is a huge part of the ethos of being in the OTC.  We have our own bar where OCdts have the opportunity to meet and get to know one another.

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A formal dinner

“Adventurous Training is a key activity we offer as it helps develop teamwork, leadership, self-reliance and courage. OCdts are encouraged to organise their own expeditions; in recent times members of our unit have been trekking in Corsica, mountaineering in South America, canoeing in France, sailing in the Baltic and sky-diving in Germany.  ”

Senior Under Officer Solomon Smith, aged 20 and a second year student in International Relations at Loughborough University, said: “I joined the OTC for a number of reasons, primarily because I enjoyed my time in Army Cadets and I liked the idea of military and adventurous training.

“Also the thought of being paid for all of the training we undertake appealed as it eases the financial burden of student life.

“I am also an Army Bursar and knew that a career as an Army Officer was for me, so joining the OTC exposed me to that during my time in Loughborough.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my two years at EMUOTC so far. I have made a huge number of friends from across the region and country while learning new skills and improving others.

“This year, in the SUO role I have been given a position of great responsibility which I thoroughly enjoy and I am currently working towards a kayaking qualification.

“In the last two years I have spent two weeks in Cyprus, two weeks in Germany, a week canoeing in Scotland and various weekends away all conducting military training of different sorts. None of this has impacted my studies at Loughborough, which I continue to enjoy.

“For anyone interested in the outdoors, keen to adventure, willing to try new things, or looking for something good for the CV on top of their degree, then the OTC would be the perfect place to start.

“A large proportion of the students at the EMUOTC have no intention of joining the forces but find that is still one of the most attractive opportunities on offer for undergraduates in the East Midlands. For those that are thinking about a military career it’s a no-brainer.”

“A large proportion of the students at the EMUOTC have no intention of joining the forces but find that is still one of the most attractive opportunities on offer for undergraduates in the East Midlands. For those that are thinking about a military career it’s a no-brainer.”