UOTC should be fully funded - it might be a drinking club for three/four years, but when they go into industry, if they've had a good experience they're more likely to be sympathetic to the plight of their staff who are also in the TA.
If it is just about giving them a good experience: what can 4 years at a UOTC do better than a single weekend at Executive Stretch? Actually, if we disbanded the UOTCs and spent the 3 or 4 THOUSAND MTDs per UOTC per year on a series of weekends taking 20 or 30 THOUSAND Students Adv Trg each summer with the ARMY (Reg and TA) how much better would we be at recruiting Potential Officers and Soldiers from Universities?*
Just a thought to ponder
*Note to the above: Disbanding the UOTC completely tongue-in-cheek of course. After all, if we keep them we can always use UOTC personnel to promote such a scheme and hang the extra expense. Would certainly make more sense to me than an extra few Â£million on another More Pepper TV Campaign.