What a naughty bunch this lot are!!! Like the bit at the end about 'socialising' (my bold highlight) Source Edinburgh Evening News : http://edinburghnews.scotsman.com/index.cfm?id=1972002005 Racist and paramilitary views found on students' cadet site FIONA MCGLYNN EDUCATION REPORTER IT is regarded as an ideal stepping stone into the armed forces for those students aiming for a military career. Those joining the City of Edinburgh Universities Officer Training Corps (UOTC) are expected to share the strict, unbiased values of the British Army. But that image has been tarnished after extreme racist and paramilitary views and images were posted on a website linked to the UOTC. One photo shows a balaclava-clad individual wearing Army fatigues posing with a large gun in front of a Loyalist flag, above a caption reading: "Not that I am a Loyalist..." Other cadets are alleged to have posted racist statements on the site regarding Edinburgh University's intake of foreign students. One is said to have written that he is tired of "Abdul foreigner" coming to the university seeking changes in tradition and another suggests that overseas students should live as locals do or return to their own countries. Shocked UOTC leaders and the Ministry of Defence (MoD) have now launched investigations to find out who is responsible. Edinburgh UOTC Adjutant Major Derek Lawson has insisted that "these attitudes will not be tolerated". An MoD spokeswoman said anyone sharing such inflammatory views would be weeded out, and that those responsible for posting such material on the site will be severely disciplined when caught. She said that it was only a matter of time before the mystery students are found. Even though the site is unofficial and is not affiliated to the UOTC, access can only be gained to it by signed-up officer cadets. It has now been closed down. Any website which did not feature "MoD" in its address, such as this one, was banned by the ministry in April this year. Around 100 students a year from Edinburgh, Heriot-Watt and Napier universities volunteer to serve as officer cadets. Each is paid around Â£80 per weekend and is taught basic infantry skills while wearing Army uniform. Even though the UOTC is not a direct recruitment step into the forces, members will be given assistance to join up if they want to. The Edinburgh University Students Association (EUSA) is also launching an investigation into the Corps site. Adjutant Major Lawson said that they are treating the allegations "very, very seriously" and want to find out who is responsible. He said that the allegations were extremely distressing. "All cadets are given instruction on equal opportunities, and the values and standards of the British Army are explained to them in detail," he added. "This is quite distressing for us, and these attitudes are not tolerated." EUSA president Ruth Cameron said the community of the university is "incredibly tolerant". She said: "As far as we are aware, there are no problems relating to the operation of extremist groups operating on Edinburgh University campuses. We do everything we can to provide a safe and secure environment for our members to live, study and work in. "There are 120 countries represented on our campus. It's an incredibly tolerant community, but requires a respect for race and religious belief. "It is our job to ensure that all students are protected from any groups which threaten our culture of tolerance and diversity. Any groups which attempt do so will be prevented from continuing to operate on campus." THE FACTS DOZENS of students from Edinburgh's universities sign up to become Army cadets. The Universities Officers Training Corp is part of the Territorial Army and consists of 19 contingents based at universities across the UK. The City of Edinburgh's UOTC is keen to point out that it is not all about hard physical training. The group's website even boasts that its Edinburgh headquarters, in Colinton Road, has the cheapest bar in the Capital. There are also plenty of opportunities to take part in sport and adventure activities, according to the site. However, while there is a lot of emphasis on socialising, the organisation focuses on the Armed Forces training it provides. Training students to be soldiers by learning weapon handling and infantry skills is high on the Corp's agenda. Undergraduates, male and female, are welcome to join, but most do not sign up to the forces after graduating.