Armed Forces Units

All three armed services offer Swansea students training opportunities. They provide the chance to gain military skills and take part in sporting, adventure and social activities as well as offering valuable opportunities for personal development.


Most students who get involved find it a very worthwhile experience and whilst there is no obligation to join the services on completion of their studies, many do choose to pursue a career with the forces either on a full time or part time basis.

University Royal Naval Unit

The Wales University Royal Naval Unit offers training in all aspects of navigation and seamanship, with additional training focusing on leadership skills. The Unit has its own dedicated ship, HMS Express, which is based in Cardiff Bay. Students may practice their newly acquired seamanship knowledge during weekends and the Easter and summer holidays, when the ship deploys in UK and European waters.

The unit also offers a wide variety of Adventurous Training experience and flying opportunities. Free minibus transport from Swansea University to the base in Cardiff is organised for training nights.

Officer Training Corps

Wales Universities' Officer Training Corps (OTC) is based in: Cardiff, Swansea, Caernarfon (Bangor) and Aberystwyth. On Tuesday evenings Swansea Company trains at John Chard VC House Territorial Army Centre, Glamorgan Street, behind the Prison - close to the University.  Find them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ccoywuotc/.

At weekends all four companies come together for military training and social events. Training centres on leadership skills, decision making and teamwork as well as some basic military skills like map reading, first aid, shooting and survival. Social events range from formal dinners, beating retreats and a May Ball as well as a host of less formal parties.

During the vacations many OTC members take part in adventure training expeditions (from offshore sailing in the Mediterranean, to ice climbing in the Pyrenees or white water rafting in Bavaria).

University Air Squadron

The Universities of Wales Air Squadron offers free flying training, adventurous training overseas and in the UK, and personal development and leadership training to students from Swansea University and other Welsh colleges who have an interest in finding out more about the Royal Air Force. The Squadron is based at MOD St Athan, near Cardiff Airport, and is served by the railhead of Llantwit Major (transport costs are refunded).