At Laurencekirk and District Rotary Club’s weekly meeting, President Mike Robson introduced local young man, David Johnston, a third year student at Robert Gordon University, to give an illustrated talk on the Aberdeen University Officer Training Corps.
David is studying business management and is at the moment on a placement in Aberdeen at Clarksons, a world leader in shipping services. David had been in the cadet corps at school and it was a natural move to continue his involvement by joining the OTC. Although they are not liable to be deployed for active service, they undergo a rigorous training programme as laid out by the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst.
Weekly training nights, occasional weekend exercises and a two week summer camp are used to instil into the military students – leadership, teamwork, strategic thinking, commitment and working under pressure.
David also revealed that his Corps had undertaken FIBUA training – fighting in built up areas – in a special training venue in Sennelager, Germany.
Apart from the military content of his training, David stressed that there are also huge sporting benefits with instruction and wide opportunities in sports such as canoeing, skiing, mountain biking and hillwalking and with them an increased fitness. Membership brings with it a well balanced life style with support for charities at local, regional and national level and very enviable social programme of dances, balls and parties and the cheapest booze in town!
The OTC is a student society unlike any other, forming close relationships and friendships, building confidence, learning new skills, teaching respect for others, integrity, loyalty and discipline – all great attributes not only for an army career but also for a CV for Industry.
With a beaming smile, David ended his fine talk with – “all these fantastic opportunities and we get paid as well!”
David was thanked by Rotarian Sandra Bartram .