I have a similar problem. I will have 4 years residency by the time I finish Uni (I'm Maltese), which the army has confirmed would be enough for officer selection.
However, in the meantime, I would rather like to join my university OTC, but was told I cannot as they also have a 5 year residency rule. Would anyone in this fount of wisdom know a way to get around that?
History would be on my side as I would be a fifth generation British Army officer.
The South African will have had to renounce his SA citizenship to serve in a foreign army following a rule change circa 2007 [google it yourself]. I knew two blokes who were affected. On chose to drop the Saffa half of his dual nationality while the other left and went home, which to be fair he'd been planning to do anyway.
Unless things have changed since 2009.
When my son went to university that year, he only had two years' continuous residency in the UK (6th form) having lived with us in Italy since the age of five.
He had no problem joining the OTC.
Of course, by the time he graduated, he had the five years.
Things have changed Trackpen, and not always for the better. UOTCs have the same requirements as the reserve.
ZeGermanBoy - may be a plan to go to your local AFCO and see the newly appointed Officer SAC. They will be able to advise you better than the online recruiting as it goes to the NRC so someone can look up a flowchart and not apply common sense or logic.