• Basic training This year involves getting drilled, getting dirty and getting discipline.
  • Cadets will get a handle on all basic military techniques, from map reading to camouflage, from first aid to weapons training, and from radio procedure to fieldcraft.
  • Other skills include learning how to set up camp at night and how to fire and manoeuvre effectively as part of a team.
  • It's an exciting and challenging year whether you are in an infantry unit or with a specialist wing, this is typically covered in six weekends of training.


  • Becoming a Leader Having learnt how to be a member of an effective military team, the second year teaches cadets how to manage soldiers, equipment, and the battlefield.
  • This involves everything from planning an attack, to giving effective orders and ensuring they are carried out and from directing a constructive debrief after an exercise to ensuring the welfare of all of those under command.
  • Having successfully completed basic training, the amount of time cadets commit to activities depends on the amount of time that can be spared.


  • Leadership in Action An increasing number of cadets choose to go forward for officer selection either in the Regular Army or Army Reserve, others choose to enjoy the remainder of their time in the UOTC as senior cadets.
  • All cadets will have the opportunity to take up the challenge of leading and supervising new recruits.
  • Commitment Studies come first. Training and exercises are structured around the academic calendar.
  • Most activities take place during the winter and spring terms with a two-week summer camp, scheduled early to allow for other commitments.

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  • Defence Engineering College,
  • Add: P.O.Box:1041 Bishoftu,
  • Oromia Regional State, Ethiopia.
  • Tel: 00251 114338400
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  • Fax: 00251 114338608


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