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Is a U.OCDT still officially regarded as a serving soldier

#1
I am ex otc, but a long time ago, wait for it, the late 70`s, which must make me ancient compared to everybody else on this forum.

Kept my certificate of discharge, sad, but true. At that time, to join the OTC you had to:
1. First enlist in the Territoral Army Volunteer Reseve.
2. Pass an army medical.
3. Sign the official secrets act.
4. Be given an army service number.
You then :
1. Underwent normal army basic training like any other regular or territorial army recruit albeit completed over several weekends & evenings.
2. Were paid full rates of pay for days served.
Upon leaving you were:
1. Formally discharged from the army with a certificate of discharge.
2. Once no longer in full time education liable for re-call as a reservist in the event of a national emergency. It was still the cold war era.

Is this all still the same today ?
 
#2
school_for_scoundrels said:
I am ex otc, but a long time ago, wait for it, the late 70`s, which must make me ancient compared to everybody else on this forum.

Kept my certificate of discharge, sad, but true. At that time, to join the OTC you had to:
1. First enlist in the Territoral Army Volunteer Reseve.
2. Pass an army medical.
3. Sign the official secrets act.
4. Be given an army service number.
You then :
1. Underwent normal army basic training like any other regular or territorial army recruit albeit completed over several weekends & evenings.
2. Were paid full rates of pay for days served.
Upon leaving you were:
1. Formally discharged from the army with a certificate of discharge.
2. Once no longer in full time education liable for re-call as a reservist in the event of a national emergency. It was still the cold war era.

Is this all still the same today ?
Basically.

Also, you would qualify for assistance from most of the major service charities (RBL/SSAFA) as their criteria is that you have been atttested and completed 7 days continuous and uninterupted service. Your first annual camp would meet that criteria.
 

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