Cambridge University OTC is formed by the students of University of Cambridge, Anglia Ruskin University (Cambridge), University of East Anglia (Norwich), University of Hertfordshire (Hatfield) and Essex University (Colchester).
What we do
We conduct training in Cambridge and Norwich each Tuesday.
Students attend and train at the closest location to their university. We also conduct Training Weekends over the academic year, from October through to March. During the summer months, we run a two-week camp, comprising field exercising, live-firing and adventurous training. Officer Cadets can put into practice the skills that they have acquired throughout the training year and be recognized for their efforts.
Additionally, it is possible to attend visits to various parts of the Army, including the Royal Artillery, the Royal Engineers or the Royal Armoured Corps.
Training with Cambridge UOTC can provide valuable experience and opportunities that set you apart in an increasingly competitive employment market. All Officer Cadets in CUOTC have the chance to gain a Level 5 award in Management and Leadership through the Chartered Management Institute. In addition, through the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst’s leadership program, you can hone management and practical leadership skills that come with the stamp of approval of the British Army’s Officer Corps.
Additionally, while our aim is not to recruit, we encourage and assist those with the interest to pursue a career in the Regular Army, or to continue in their spare time as a Reserve.
Cambridge UOTC has around 300 students across three Companies, roughly aligned with year of academic study and level of training:
1stYear: A (Kimberly) Company
2ndYear: B (Ladysmith) Company
3rdYear: Advanced Wing
The training program introduces leadership alongside basic military skills and progresses to focus on the development of advanced leadership techniques and the chance to instruct and manage peers in a controlled risk environment.
Students are encouraged to take part in optional courses and events in order to further their opportunities.
Cambridge UOTC will be at all of the university fresher’s fairs and we will hold three Open Evenings and ask all interested students to attend a Selection Day to ensure that they are fit to conduct UOTC training. All details can be found by contacting the UOTC either by email or telephone.
The history of the Cambridge University Officer Training Corps dates back to 1803 when students at the University formed the 'Rifle Volunteers' in apprehension of French invasion.
The Cambridge University Rifle Volunteers (CURV) grew to around 500 members around the time of the Boer War and a detachment was sent to South Africa to augment the Suffolk Regiment, the only university unit ever to see active service.
This action earned the CURV the Battle Honour 'South Africa 1900-01'. The CURV became the CUOTC in 1908.
Recruiting for the 2016-17 academic year
Telephone: 01223 247818
Army Reserve Centre, Coldham's Lane