Self Development and Leadership
Many employers recognise that the Army Reserve teaches valuable skills. On joining as an OCdt, the leadership, teamwork and management skills that are part of life in the UOTC can make a big difference on the CV.
Satisfaction and Self-Development
Learning new skills out of the traditional academic box can be incredibly rewarding. Real value added.
You gain an insight into what motivates you and others, develop self-confidence, learn management and leadership techniques and have fun at the same time. It is also incredibly useful and satisfying to discover what you are capable of under different kinds of pressure - you'll probably surprise yourself.
You will learn the value of discipline, team-work, effective man-management and the application of limited resources. From time to time you will be required to complete tasks in extremes of climate, whilst at the end of your physical and mental strength - and more likely than not you'll succeed.
What seems like the unendurable at the time will later, in the warmth of the bar seem unbelievably funny. Not only will you learn about life and life in the Armed Forces, you will learn vital lessons about yourself.
OCdts can gain appointments as a Junior Under Officer (JUO) or a Senior Under Officer (SUO) where you will have the opportunity to take up the challenge of leading and supervising new recruits.
A JUO will usually lead a section of new recruits (8 people) and it will be their job to help you settle into the UOTC as well take command of their section on exercise.
Other appointments and roles include sports captains, mess manager as well as the opportunity to organise your own adventurous training expedition.