Tayforth UOTC is a good insight into the Army. The training provides a challenging mix of leadership development, military skills, adventure training, sporting competition and for those with a musical bent, the Pipes and Drums.
The weekly evening meetings are by detachment but all detachments get together for weekend camps and two longer camps in January and June. With only 134 places across four universities an element of selection is necessary.
Recruitment (see dates below)
We recruit in September each year, during Fresher's Fairs. However, if you have gained military experience in the Combined Cadet Force or the Army Reserve before going to university, we may be able to take you outside the normal recruiting period.
Recruit Selection takes place at Barry Buddon across two weekends in September. Prior to the weekend, you are advised to come along to one of the open evenings where you will find out all you need to know about the UOTC and what steps to take to assist you in joining.
We will have stalls at the various Fresher's Fairs where you can talk directly to cadets. Look out for the cadets who will be dressed in distinctive red t-shirts, with Tayforth on the back, and camouflage trousers.
Potential recruits requiring additional information can contact one of the following officers, depending on which university they attend:
If you'd rather email us: RMAS-Gp-OTC-Tayforth-Mailbox@mod.uk
The Pipes and Drums are an important part of the unit, representing Tayforth UOTC by playing at various events. These include parades and performances at some of the units own functions, as well as joining the rest of the Scottish UOTCs’ Pipes and Drums for international events, such as the British Military Tournament in London and the Spasskaya Tower Military Tattoo in Moscow.
Currently we have one competition a year, Exercise Northern Lights, where the four UOTC Pipes and Drums compete against each other in mini-band and solo events to win points towards the coveted Northern Lights Trophy.
There are opportunities to attend Army Reserve piping and drumming courses and to get involved in instructing on ACF piping and drumming courses.
The Pipes and Drums are based at B Squadron, in Dundee, but include members from A Squadron, in St Andrews. Band practice takes place on Thursday nights at Park Wynd and on some weekends throughout the academic year.
Tayforth Regimental Association
With its origins in The Old Wyvernians formed in May 1976, Tayforth UOTC's Regimental Association held its inaugural meeting on 16 June 1984, making it the oldest association in the country. For details, the President, Treasurer or Hon Secretary may be contacted by writing to them at Tayforth UOTC, 16 Park Wynd, Dundee, DD1 5HG.