DTUS Applicant

Hi Guys/Girls

I am new to RR, and was wondering whether any of the members had gone through the DTUS scheme.

I have been given a place at Aston University for 2008 and have applied for the DTUS scheme to sponsor me through uni.

Just wondered what to expect in the selection process, and if anyone has experienced first hand the scheme.

any tips would be appreciated.

Regards Mike


War Hero
The DTUS selection process (in bold below)is exactly the same as normal Officer selection, see the stickies reference AIB & BRNC at the top of this forum.

The following is an extract from the RN Website, although the bursary figures are not up to date:

Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme Introduction

* The Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme (DTUS) is for those who wish to join the Navy to become an Engineer Officer.
* Students are sponsored to read IEng or CEng accredited engineering degrees at one of the DTUS universities. Currently these are Newcastle and Southampton, with Aston and Loughborough.
* The bursary awarded to students is £4,000 per year.
* In addition, you will be paid £1,500 to attend the university's Military Support Unit. In return you must undertake approximately 45 training days each year, designed to broaden your knowledge of the Navy.
* On graduation you will be expected to join the Royal Navy and serve for at least three years as an officer.

The Role of the Engineer Officer

* Modern warships are packed with state-of-the-art technologies such as phased array radar, complex communications suites, nuclear and diesel-electric propulsion plants and sophisticated avionics equipment.
* The key role of the Engineer Officer is as the team leader for the specialist technicians who maintain the ship and aircraft systems, focusing on the system and engineering management issues.
* Engineer Officers build up a detailed knowledge of how all ship systems (material and human) interact to produce an effective fighting unit.


* The DTUS is designed to provide the following:

'University sponsorship offered by the MOD to civilian students who have decided upon a mainly technical, engineering or scientific career in the Royal Navy, Army, Royal Air Force, or the MOD Civil Service.'
* Sponsorship is primarily for BEng(Hons) and BSc degrees. Undergraduate MEng and MSc degrees may also be supported. All degrees are accredited by the appropriate institution.
* Candidates join the DTUS as prospective Engineers. At the end of the first year at university they are streamed into one of the three Engineering specialisations within the Royal Navy:
o Marine Engineering - Surface Ships and Submarines
o Weapon Engineering - Surface Ships and Submarines
o Air Engineering.
* Selection for specific branches will take into account the needs of the Navy, personal preferences and academic results.

The Role of the Support Unit

* 'To monitor, assist progression and help the student establish an understanding of the particular Service to be joined, its traditions and the many benefits that a career in the Armed Services and MOD Civil Service can provide.'
* Academic support:
o Mentoring and performance monitoring
o Academic advice with a Service perspective
o Supplementary Service courses.
* Administrative support:
o Long-term loan for course textbooks
o Free internet, fax, photocopying, laminating and binding
o Vehicles and travel expenses for official duty.
* Financial support:
o Officer's uniform (Honorary Midshipmen Royal Naval Reserve)
o Bursary: £4,000 per annum
o Training pay: £1,500 - £3,000 per annum
o Bounty: £180 - £480 per annum
o Guaranteed commission on entering the Royal Navy, in the rank of Sub Lieutenant with a salary of approx £20,000 per annum (April 2003), rising to over £30,000 after two years and promotion to Lieutenant.

Application Process
* Visit royalnavy.mod.uk or telephone 08456 07 55 55 to see details of eligibility and the application process.
* Apply to a DTUS university via UCAS.
* Indicate on the UCAS form that you are seeking a place on the DTUS.
* Attend and pass the Admiralty Interview Board:
o 21/2 days of aptitude tests and interviews
o Medical examination.

Our Expectations of You
* At the university:
o Full integration into university life
o Keep up with degree studies.
o With the Support Unit:
o Minimum of 45 training days per year: one night per week plus Mess Dinners, social occasions and adventurous training exercises
o Sea sense training: two weeks at the end of both first and second years
o Work experience: six weeks at the end of first year
o Placements/attachments on land or at sea, in UK or abroad.
* With the Royal Navy:
o To accept a commission in the Royal Navy on graduation or repay all bursary money received
o To return a minimum of three years' service after completing professional Royal Navy training.

Good luck Mike.

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