The Oxford University Training Corps (or Oxford UOTC) is one of the oldest British Army units. It was formed in 1642 by students of Oxford University and recruits exclusively from students across the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire areas. Apart from the University of Oxford, other affiliated institutions include Oxford Brookes University, University of Gloucester, Reading University, Buckingham University, Cranfield University, and Royal Agriculture University.
The University Officers’ Training Corps
The University Officers’ Training Corps (or UOTC) is an Army Reserve that gives students the chance to undertake training modules designed to fit around their degrees. For example, how to lead others in stressful situations or learn kayaking or rock climbing. The UOTC is well-respected within the Army and is a sought-after experience by civilian employees.
All training in the University Officers’ Training Corps is designed to fit around Oxford’s academic calendar, so your studies will always have priority. Just like any other university society, the UOTC holds regular social events.
Oxford UOTC Training
The Oxford University Training Corps has competitive teams in many disciplines such as hocket, rugby, netball, and rowing, and runs adventurous training throughout the year. Officer Cadets are able to test their limits and train by experiencing rock climbing in Bavaria, and kayaking in the Alps. You have no obligation to join the Army Reserve or Regular Army after your training.
Oxford UOTC Social Activities
Just like any Oxford club, the Oxford University Training Corps also provides members with a calendar that includes dinners, cocktail parties, and fancy dress events. These events can help students complement their time at the University of Oxford and other universities in Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire.
The Oxford University Training Corps During WW1
When the first World War broke, out in 1914, the members of the OTC (or Officers’ Training Corps) were known as “The Bugshooters”. The reason? They tend to spend seemingly pointless hours on Christ Church Meadow training and drilling – and shooting at nothing but bugs. Unfortunately, this was about to change. During the Great War (1914-1918), the Oxford University Training Corps lost around 2,000 men.
The War at Oxford
The outbreak of the war happened during the Long Vacation of 1914. Many students and Tutors were then away from College – but the minutes of the first meeting when returning already shows the effects of the war. Then, staff chose to reduce their salaries by 1/5th and drop items of special expensidure.
Oxford University Training Corps Eligibility - Can I Join?
If you’re interested in joining the Oxford University Training Corps, there are a few requirements you should keep in mind:
- Nationality: You must be a British Citizen, a Citizen of the Irish Republic, or a member of the Commonwealth with Indefinite Leave to Remain (most Student Visas do not include Leave to Remain).
- Medical Conditions: Some conditions and illnesses could delay or defer your application. You will have to go through a full-service entry medical to join the UOTC.
- Education: You have to be enrolled in a Higher Education course at the University or College level; you will be required to present the appropriate documentation.
- Age: To join UOTC, you must be 18 or over.
How to Join the Oxford University Training Corps
You can join the UOTC by sending an Expression of Interest or contacting the Army directly. You will have to complete the application process by completing also a selection event and medical. And you can start training!
Unit Contact Details:
- Telephone number: 01865 255341
- Email: email@example.com
- Address: Falklands House, Oxpens Road, Oxford, OX1 1RX.