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    I have gained a place at the Cornwall Campus and I am interested in joining Exeter UOTC. Has anyone done this before or have I screwed up my chances by being at the Cornwall Campus. Any advice on this or any other possible options would be greatly appreciated. Thank You
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    Hi there,

    Firstly, congratulations on getting a place at the Cornwall Campus! It's a great place to study and I hope you like it if you choose to come here.

    I don't know much about the UOTC, but on their website it says: "Exeter University Training Corps serves the universities of Exeter and Plymouth, but also other higher education establishments in the South West," something which to me suggests there could be a possibility of you joining even if you are at Cornwall (it just might perhaps involve a bit of travelling).

    Obviously there is no guarantee, but I'd suggest emailing them at [email protected] to see whether they can accept you, and if not whether they are any training corps that are nearer.

    If you are able to join and transport is the issue it may also be worth getting in touch with FXU (the Student's Union for Cornwall Campus students) as if they get enough interest they may be able to provide transport.

    Sorry I can't be more helpful!

    Vicky
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    Thank You Vicky.
    I've sorted my situation in a roundabout way which I'll explain here in detail in case anyone finds themselves in this situation and happens upon this thread.

    The Cornwall Campus is 100 miles away from Wyvern Barracks where Exeter UOTC evenings take place. The nearest available transport is from Plymouth which departs at 1615. This is roughly an hour and a quarter drive from the Cornwall Campus and the UOTC only pays for your travel up to 50 miles. Therefore as a student you will be paying out a hell of a lot of money on travel.

    Exeter UOTC does not exclude you from joining simply because you are at the Cornwall Campus but does explain that it will take a lot to keep up with the commitment.

    The other available option may scare some people by the sound of it but there are pros and cons.
    The option is to join the TA (Territorial Army) as an officer. The nearest unit is 6 RIFLES (6th Battalion, The Rifles) of which D Company is based out of Truro which is quite close to the campus.

    Without trying to sound like an army recruiter the TA is very similar to UOTC in a number of ways. A similar level of committment is required which is one evening a week, one weekend a month and an annual two week camp. You learn similar skills and many employers value the time spent in the TA due to the leadership and management skills that you gain. Similarly you socialise with like minded people etc.

    You also cannot be deployed overseas because you are a full-time student which is the same as at UOTC's for obvious reasons.

    The pros of this versus the UOTC is that you get paid more for your time. UOTC's start at £38 per day and as a TA Officer you get paid more including a £1500 bounty at the end of the year. You can leave at any point, the same as with the UOTC. Something else to bear in mind is that you can join at anytime. If you are taking a while to settle into University life and struggle juggling your committments then you can wait and join up whenever you want, rather than having to go to the evening briefings and selection weekend soon after you are getting into your studies. I'm finding this useful as I'm currently recovering from a car accident and so I can wait until I have recovered to full fitness before I attempt AOSB.

    The cons are that it is harder to get into as you have to go through a similar selection to regular officers by passing AOSB (Army Officer Selection Board). This means you have to be fit enough for the army before you start (UOTC's get you just as fit but you can be less fit and still get in). Additionally TA units aren't as flexible when it comes to your university committments whereas UOTC's are more aware of this.

    This information has been given to me by Exeter OTC staff and Army Careers Advisors based in the Cornwall Area. For more information visit the Army website www.army.mod.uk

    Hope this helps someone one day who finds themselves in this predicament.
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    Awesome, glad you found a way to sort it out!
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    Cheers for all the help. I also gained a place at the University of Exeter Cornwall campus and like yourself would be very interested in joining the UOTC. What have you decided to do? Go for the TA?
 
 
 
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