Able to join OTC in 2nd Year?

Discussion in 'OTC' started by, Jan 23, 2010.

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  1. Hi,

    I'm currently in my first year at Nottingham Trent Uni and interested in joining OTC next year. But have heard conflicting rumours - some say it's a 3 year course (so you have to join in your 1st year) others say you can join any year you like (1st, 2nd, 3rd year etc). I've emailed east midlands OTC but haven't got a reply so any info from you guys would be much appreciated.

  2. Yes....
  3. woopert

    woopert LE Moderator

    The expectation is that you follow the 3 year OTC syllabus. If you are on a 4 year degree then this should be no drama. If you are on a 3 year course and apply in your 2nd year chances are you will be rejected if the intake is over-subscribed because they won't offer a place to someone who will only do 2 out of 3 years over and above someone who will be able to do all 3.
  4. mr.Duck
    its completely voluntary so in theory you can join the 1st year of otc in your 3rd year of uni. (although im not one of the admin guys so i wouldnt know for sure)

    unless you have previous mil experience i dont think you will get into the 2nd year, i was in the TA for a year before i started uni and was offered to join the 2nd year OTC lads but decided to go through in the 1st year and i've found that to be a good choice; helps get your skills back up to par and brush up or learn things you havnt before, aswel as going through the 3 years with all the same people so you make good mates.
  5. you can join no matter what year you are in at uni. 1st year you do MTQ1, 2nd year MTQ2, 3rd year either MOD3 or leadership training. You can leave at ant time, you don't have to do all 3 years. We have 1st year OTC guys in their final year of uni, or even postgrads.

  6. msr

    msr LE

  7. must be different rules for different OTCs then
  8. Or different interpretations of them down to the local needs.
  9. Join the Local TA unit instead - I was at Southampton OTC it was okay - the social scene is great but not much time spent in the field compared to my time in the TA - and you meet a range of "interesting" people not just army barmy students
  10. I am also at Trent and tried to join the OTC when I started my second year. I went to the stall at the freshers faire and they said that due to recent budget cuts they could only accept students who had three years left on their course. I even tried to tell them that I had passed briefing and that I was deadly serious about joining as soon as I had finished my degree and that my ACA recommended I join the UOTC whilst studying.

    I was told to look at joining the local TA regiment. Which I am doing now.

    Only thing I can recommend is to wait for the reply or give them a ring just to speed up your reply and see what they say.

  11. I'm a first year:

    I failed to get in this year (2009-2010) but the Captain said I could apply in my 2nd year. (2010-2011)
  12. Just lie about doing a masters afterwards...I know a few people who did that.
  13. I know this is an old thread, but I'd like to add my opinion here anyway. I'm in the NUOTC, and am just starting my 2nd year at the OTC, in my final year at University. Would have joined in my first year, but wasn't aware of it's existence, after the socialist council got it banned from the Freshers Fair. There were even people who only had a year left on their course but joined that year as well.

    Though I was recruiting at the freshers fair this year, and we were given a list of conditions that they had to fulfil to qualify for the OTC. Basic ones like having no illnesses that would disqualify them, having a British/Commonwealth passport, etc. One of them was that they must have at least 2 years left on their course. I think the change was because last year, the old CO was a little more relaxed, whereas our new CO is a bit more serious and down the line(good guy though, I think he's a great CO).
  14. there were some 2nd years at my selection this weekend and the staff didnt seem to have any problems with them
  15. Same here. About 30%-40% of the people I met were 2nd years, including myself.

    If space is tight and you are elsewise scored identically, I suppose they might favour the guy who is more likely to commit three years to the unit