A military academy or service academy (in American English) is an educational institution which prepares candidates for service in the officer corps of the army, the navy, air force or coast guard. It normally provides education in a military environment, the exact definition depending on the country concerned.
Three types of academy exists: high school-level institutions awarding academic qualifications, university-level institutions awarding bachelor's degree level qualification, and those preparing officer cadets for commissioning into the armed services of the state.
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- 58.1 Introduction
- 58.2 Federal Service Academies
- 58.3 Senior and junior military colleges
- 58.4 Merchant Marine Academies that have military academy style operations
- 58.5 US Staff Colleges
- 59 Vietnam
- 60 Pre-collegiate institutions
- 61 Adult institutions
- 62 See also
- 63 Further reading
- 64 External links
- 65 References
The Royal Military Academy, Woolwich was set up in 1720 as the earliest military academy in Britain. Its original purpose was to train cadets entering the Royal Artillery and Royal Engineers. In France, the École Royale du Génie at Mezieres was founded in 1748, followed by a non-technical academy in 1751, the Ecole Royale Militaire offering a general military education to the nobility. French military academies were widely copied in Prussia, Austria, Russia and even minor powers, including Turin and the Kingdom of Savoy, in the late 18th century.
By the turn of the century, under the impetus of the Napoleonic Wars and the strain that the armies of Europe subsequently came under, military academies for the training of commissioned officers of the army were set up in most of the combatant nations. These military schools had two functions; to provide instruction for serving officers in the functions of the efficient staff-officer, and to school youngsters before they gained an officer's commission. The Kriegsakademie in Prussia was founded in 1801 and the Ecole Spéciale Militaire de Saint-Cyr was created by order of Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802 as a replacement for the École Royale Militaire of the Ancien Regime (the institution that Napoleon himself had graduated from).
The Royal Military College, Sandhurst, in England was the brainchild of John Le Marchant in 1801, who established schools for the military instruction of officers at High Wycombe and Great Marlow, with a grant of £30,000 from Parliament. The two original departments were later combined and moved to Sandhurst. In the United States, the military academy at West Point was founded in 1802 and became popular in the 1860s.
- Australian Defence Force Academy
- Royal Military College, Duntroon
- Officer Training School RAAF
- Royal Australian Naval College
- Bangladesh Military Academy
- Bangladesh Naval Academy
- Bangladesh Air Force Academy
- Bangladesh University Of Professionals(BUP), Mirpur, Dhaka
- Bangladesh National Cadet Corps (BNCC)
- Military Institute of Science and Technology, Mirpur, Dhaka
- Armed Forces Medical College(AFMC), Airport Road, Dhaka
- School of Infantry and Tactics
- Defence Services Command and Staff College
- National Defence College
- Armoured Corps Center & School
- Engineer Centre and School of Military Engineering
- Signal Training Centre and School
- Ordnance Corps Centre & School
- Bangladesh Institute of Peace Support Operation Training (BIPSOT)
- Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Centre and School
- Corps of Military Police Centre and School
- Army School of Education and Administration
- Army School of Physical Training and Sports
- Army School of Music
- Artillery Center and School
- School of Military Intelligence
- Army Computer Training School
- Non Commissioned Officers Academy
- Trust Technical Training Institute, Gazipur
- Cadet Colleges in Bangladesh...
There are 12 Cadet Colleges in Bangladesh. Among these, nine for boys and three for girls. Four Cadet Colleges were established before 1971. Other cadet colleges were built after the Liberation War of Bangladesh.
|01||Faujdarhat Cadet College||Chittagong||185||1958|
|02||Jhenaidah Cadet College||Jhenaidah||110||1963|
|03||Mirzapur Cadet College||Mirzapur, Tangail||95||1965|
|04||Rajshahi Cadet College||Sardah, Rajshahi||110||1965|
|05||Sylhet Cadet College||Sylhet||52.37||1978|
|06||Rangpur Cadet College||Alamnagar, Rangpur||37||1979|
|07||Barisal Cadet College||Rahmatpur, Barisal||50||1981|
|08||Pabna Cadet College||Pabna||38||1982|
|09||Mymensingh Girls Cadet College||Mymensingh town, Mymensingh||23||1983|
|10||Comilla Cadet College||Kotbari, Comilla||57||1983|
|11||Joypurhat Girls Cadet College||Joypurhat||7||2006|
|12||Feni Girls Cadet College||Feni||49.5||2006|
- Military College of Bolivia (Colegio Militar del Ejército de Bolivia )
- Bolivian Military Naval Academy
- Bolivian Air Force Academy
Has several military academies:
- Army – The biggest Academy is Academia Militar de Agulhas Negras (AMAN) in the municipality of Resende, in state of Rio de Janeiro, in the southeast of that country. For high school level, The Sistema Colégio Militar do Brasil (SCMB) is composed for 12 military schools in Belo Horizonte, Brasília, Campo Grande, Curitiba, Fortaleza, Juiz de Fora (MG), Manaus, Porto Alegre, Recife, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador e Santa Maria (RS)
- Navy – Escola Naval (Navy School).
- Air Force – Academia da Força Aérea (AFA). (Air Force Academy).
- Vasil Levski National Military University founded in 1878 as a military school in Plovdiv
- Nikola Vaptsarov Naval Academy located in Varna and founded in 1881 as Naval Machinery School in Rousse
- Rakovski Defence and Staff College located in Sofia. It was founded with an Act of the 15 th National Assembly of 1 st March, 1912 in Sofia
Canada currently has one military-theme private boarding school open for students at the pre-university level, Robert Land Academy (RLA), which is located in West Lincoln, Ontario. Founded in 1978, it is an all-boys' institute whose funding arises solely from tuition fees. The Academy is an institute fully accredited by the province of Ontario, which accepts students from Grade 6 to Grade 12 (the Ontario Academic Credit level).
Canada formerly had three university level service academies, the Canadian Military Colleges. These included the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC) in Kingston, Ontario, Royal Roads Military College (RRMC) in Victoria, British Columbia and the Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean (CMR) in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Québec. RMC was founded in 1876, RRMC in 1941 and CMR in 1954. By the 1960s all three institutions were providing *military education to officer cadets of all three elements in the Canadian Forces; the navy, army and air force; and RMC received the authority to grant academic degrees in Arts, Science and Engineering.
Graduates of the Colleges are widely acknowledged to have had a disproportionate impact in the Canadian services and society, thanks to the solid foundations provided by their military education. In the modern era, emphasis was placed on a broad-based liberal education including core courses in the humanities and social, pure and applied sciences. Military discipline and training, as well as a focus on physical fitness and fluency in both of Canada's two official languages, English and French, provided cadets with ample challenges and a very fulfilling experience. In 1995 the Department of National Defence was forced to close Royal Roads Military College and Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean due to budget considerations, but Royal Military College of Canada continues to operate. Royal Roads reopened as a civilian university in the fall of 1995, and is maintained by the Government of British Columbia. In 2007, the Department of National Defence reopened Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean as a preparatory and first year college.
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China (Taiwan), Republic of
- Whampoa Military Academy
- R.O.C. Military Academy - successor of Whampoa Military Academy
- R.O.C. Naval Academy
- R.O.C. Air Force Academy
- R.O.C. Air Force Institute of Technology
- Army Academy R.O.C.
- National Defense University
- War College
- Army Command and Staff College
- Naval Command and Staff College
- Air Force Command and Staff College
- Institute of Technology
- Management College
- Political Warfare College
- National Defense Medical Center
- Chung-cheng Armed Forces Preparatory School
- General Santander National Police Academy, located in Bogotá.
- Univerzita Obrany (University of Defence)
- Vojenská akademie a velitelství výcviku (Military academy and training command)
- Royal Danish Army Officers Academy
- Royal Danish Naval Academy
- Royal Danish Air Force Officers School
- Finnish National Defence University (Maanpuolustuskorkeakoulu), located on Santahamina island, Helsinki
- Maanpuolustusopisto (defunct)
High schools :
- Lycée militaire de Saint-Cyr
- Lycée militaire d'Autun
- Prytanée National Militaire
- Lycée militaire d'Aix en Provence
- Lycée naval de Brest
- L'Ecole des Pupilles de l'Air
Officer academies :
- École Spéciale Militaire de Saint-Cyr (ESM, literally the "Special Military School of St Cyr") is the French Military Academy. It is often referred to as "Saint-Cyr". Founded by Napoleon in 1802, and initially located in Fontainebleau, it was moved first to Saint-Cyr l'École in 1808, and then to Coëtquidan (Brittany) in 1945.
- École militaire interarmes (EMIA)
- École des commissaires des armées (ECA), founded in 2013
- École de l'Air: the French Air Force Academy
- École Navale: the French Naval Academy
- École des officiers de la gendarmerie nationale (EOGN) : gendarmerie commissioned officers academy
- ENSTA Bretagne: a French engineering grande école of military status. Only 1/4 of its students are actual officers-in-training.
Postgraduate academies :
- École d'état-major (Staff school) : first step of higher military studies, for officer of OF-2 rank.
- École de Guerre (War School) : second step of higher military studies, mainly for ranks OF-2 and OF-3 who want to continue the command track (e.g. to command battalion or regiment).
- Collège d'enseignement supérieur de l'armée de terre (Army Higher Education College) : second step of military education, but for officers whishing to achieve a high-level specialization.
- Cours supérieur d'état-major (Advanced Staff Course)
- Enseignement militaire supérieur scientifique et technique (Higher Technical and Scientific Education).
- Centre des hautes études militaire (Center for Advanced Military Studies) : final step of military education, for very few selected OF-5. Its students also attend the civilian institut des hautes études de défense nationale.
The Ecole Polytechnique, though its engineering students are enlisted in the military, is sometimes not considered a military academy, as very few of its graduates remain in the military after graduation.
National Defense Academy (NDA) of Georgia is a descendant of the first Georgian “Junker School” which was established in 1919 right after the declaration of independence. Establishment of the military school was very important for the identity of a new democratic nation-state. The school was abolished after Soviet occupation of Georgia in 1921.
“Davit Aghmashenebeli National Defense Academy of Georgia” was founded on May 28, 1993. The length of studies at the Academy had been defined for 4 years. In 2005, due to the need of the growth of the personnel strength of the Georgian Armed Forces (GAF), the system of the Academy has been transformed to retain only the 18-month-long officer training courses. A bachelor's degree has been defined as a prerequisite for the admission of the cadets.
In 2010, the NDA has undergone a new wave of the reforms to include entire officer education system. As a result, in 2011, Cadet Bachelor School, Junior Officer Basic School, Aviation and Air Defense Officer Basic School, Medical Officer School, Captain Career School, Command and General Staff School, School of Advance Defense Studies and Language Training School were included within the NDA.
Upon entry into NDA, cadets sign a contract with the MoD for 10 years of military service, of which 4 years are dedicated to studies and 6 years – to consequent military service. Cadets receive the rank of Lieutenant upon graduation.
NDA is established by the MoD with the status of the Legal Entity of Public Law. At the same time, NDA maintains very strong link with The Ministry of Education and Science according to the process of Bologna.
In Germany there exists a system which clearly differs from the common ones. The only true military academies are in fact the Führungsakademie der Bundeswehr where mainly future staff officers and general staff officers are further trained.
The standard education in military leadership is the task of the Offizierschulen (officer's schools) run by the three branches. The contents differ from branch to branch. In the army all officers are at least trained to lead a platoon. There they also have to pass an officer exam to become commissioned later on.
Moreover there exist so called Waffenschulen like infantry school or artillery school. There the officer's learn to deal with the typical tasks of their respective corps. A specialty of the German concept of officer formation is the academic education. Germany runs two own Universities of the German Federal Armed Forces where almost every future officer has to pass non-military studies and achieve a Bachelor's or Master's degree. During their studies (after at least three years of service) the candidates become commissioned Leutnant (second-lieutenant).
The three officer's schools are:
- The German Navy supervises:
- The German Army supervises:
- Offizierschule des Heeres, located in Dresden
- The German Air Force supervises:
- Offizierschule der Luftwaffe, located in Fürstenfeldbruck
Academic and staff education:
- Universities of the German Federal Armed Forces
- Führungsakademie der Bundeswehr, located in Hamburg
The Hellenic Armed Forces have military academies supervised by each branch of the Armed Forces individually:
- The Hellenic Army supervises:
- "Miklós ZRÍNYI" National Defence University, located in Budapest 
- National Defence Academy (NDA)
- Indian Military Academy (IMA)
- Officers Training Academy (OTA)
- Indian Naval Academy (INA)
- Air Force Academy
- Air Force Technical College, Bangalore
Akademi Angkatan Bersenjata Republic Indonesia (Indonesia Military Academy) Founded in Yogyakarta, October 13, 1945 in order of General Staff Chief of Indonesia Army Lieutenant General Urip Sumohardjo with name Militaire Academie (MA) Yogyakarta. Currently, Tentara Nasional Indonesia (Indonesian National Armed Forces), under supervision of Commandant General of National Armed Forces Academy (a three-star officer in billet) in the HQ Indonesian National Armed Forces, divided the academies into the respective services:
- Akademi Militer - AKMIL (Military Academy), located in Magelang, Province of Jawa Tengah, under supervision of Indonesian Army Chief of Staff.
Indonesian Air Force
- Akademi Angkatan Udara - AAU (Air Force Academy), located in Yogyakarta, Province of Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta, under supervision of Indonesian Air Force Chief of Staff. Following graduation, students who are selected as Pilot and Navigator conduct further training in the Pilot/Navigator Flight School prior bearing the Pilot/Navigator designation.
- Akademi Angkatan Laut - AAL (Naval Academy), located in Surabaya, Province of Jawa Timur, under supervision of Indonesian Navy Chief of Staff. Indonesian Naval Academy also educates the Indonesian Marine Corps officer candidates.
Each service academy is headed by a two-star officer, and his/her deputy is a one-star officer. All the students (cadets/midshipman) are recruited from senior high school graduates from all of Indonesia. Shortly after graduation, they are commissioned as Letnan Dua (Second Lieutenant) in their respective services and get the Diploma IV (Associate's Degree, 4th Grade) comparable to civil academies or universities. The length term is now 4 years and is divided into 5 grades of cadet's rank, starting from the lowest:
- Prajurit Taruna/Kadet/Karbol (Cadet Private), 1st year (4 months)
- Kopral Taruna/Kadet/Karbol (Cadet Corporal), 1st year (8 months)
- Sersan Taruna/Kadet/Karbol (Cadet Sergeant), 2nd year
- Sersan Mayor Dua Taruna/Kadet/Karbol (Cadet Second Sergeant Major), 3rd year
- Sersan Mayor Satu Taruna/Kadet/Karbol (Cadet First Sergeant Major), 4th year
Note: Taruna, Kadet and Karbol are official cadet designation in the Army (Military), Naval and Air Force academy, respectively.
Until 1999, before Indonesian National Police officially separated from the armed forces, Indonesian Police Academy also stood under the National Armed Forces Academy. Presently, the Police Academy, located in Semarang (Central Java), is supervised under Chief of Indonesian National Police.
High School level institutions (only for Classical and Scientific Liceum, starting from grade 10):
- Scuola Militare Nunziatella, founded during the Borbonic Period in 1787, in Italian Army, Naples
- Scuola Militare Teulié, Italian Army, Milan
- Scuola Militare Navale Morosini, Italian Navy, Venice
- Scuola Militare Aeronautica Douhet, Italian Air Force, Florence
The 2009-2010 Schoolyear has been the first one with girls attending those schools.
University level institutions:
- Accademia Militare, Modena
- Scuola di Applicazione, Torino
- Accademia Navale, Livorno
- Accademia Aeronautica, Pozzuoli
- Scuola Ufficiali Carabinieri, Rome
- Accademia della Guardia di Finanza, Bergamo
- National Defense Academy of Japan (University level)
- National Defense Medical College (Medical, university level)
- Officer Candidate Training Schools (for each of Ground, Maritime and Air Self-defense forces)
The three main military academies:
Other military academies:
- Korea Army Academy at Yeongcheon, formerly Korea Third Military Academy
- Armed Forces Nursing Academy
- Secondary level institutions
- Royal Military College (Maktab Tentera Diraja)
- University level
- National Defence University of Malaysia (University Pertahanan Nasional Malaysia) (foundation, bachelors degree, masters degree, PhD and specialist courses)
- Armed Forces Defence College (Maktab Pertahanan Angkatan Tentera)
- Specialist training & staff institutions
- Officers Cadet School in Port Dickson (OCS)
- Malaysian Armed Forces Staff College (Maktab Turus Angkatan Tentera)
- Armed Forces Health Training Institute (Institut Latihan Kesihatan Angkatan Tentera)
- Malaysian Peacekeeping Training Centre (Pusat Latihan Pengaman Malaysia)
Reserve Officer Training Units (Malay: Pasukan Latihan Pegawai Simpanan or PALAPES) or ROTU exists only in public universities in Malaysia. This is a tertiary institution based officer commissioning program to equip students as officer cadets with military knowledge and understanding for service as Commissioned Officers in the reserve components of the various branches of the Malaysian Armed Forces.
- Officer Training School (OTS)
- National Defence College (NDC)
- Defence Services Institute of Nursing and Paramedical Science
Tier One – Initial Officer Training
- New Zealand Commissioning Course, Waiouru (NZ Army)
- Initial Officer Training, Woodbourne, (RNZAF)
- Officer Training School, Devonport Naval Base
Tier Two – Junior Officer Education
- NZDF Junior Staff Course, New Zealand Defence College
Tier Three – Senior Officer Education
- NZDF Staff Course, New Zealand Defence College
High school training:
- Nigerian Military School, Zaria - Nigerian Army military school for boys;
- Air Force Military School, Jos, Nigeria, located in Jos - Nigerian Air Force military school for boys;
- Air Force Girls Military School, Jos - Nigerian Air Force military school for girls.
Undergraduate officer training:
Postgraduate officer training:
- Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji, at Jaji, Kaduna - joint Nigerian Armed Forces higher studies institute for both indigenous and international students.
- Nigerian Army College of Logistics, Lagos - school for training middle career Nigerian Army officers on military logistics;
- National Defence College, Abuja, - school for training senior officers of the Nigerian Armed Forces and also some members of the civil service.
Undergraduate officer training
- Norwegian Military Academy, Linderud/Oslo (Norwegian Army)
- Norwegian Naval Academy, Laksevåg/Bergen (Royal Norwegian Navy)
- Norwegian Air Force Academy, Trondheim (Royal Norwegian Air Force)
- Norwegian Defence Staff College, Oslo (Joint)
- Norwegian National Defence College, Oslo (Civil Service/Very senior officers)
- Pakistan Military Academy, Kakul.
- Pakistan Air Force Academy, Risalpur.
- Pakistan Naval Academy, Karachi.
- Command and Staff College, Quetta
- National Defence University, Islamabad
- Pakistan Navy War College, Lahore
- PAF Air War College, Karachi
- Army Burn Hall College, for boys Abbottabad
- Army Public College of Management Sciences (Public Sector)
- Military College Jhelum, Jhelum District
- Military College Murree, Rawalpindi District
- Military College Sui, Dera Bugti District
Centro de Enseñanza Superior Dr. Justo Arosemena
Undergraduate officer training
- Chorrillos Military School (Peruvian Army)
- Peruvian Naval School (Peruvian Navy)
- Peruvian Air Force Officers' School (Peruvian Air Force)
- Officers' School of the National Police of Peru (National Police of Peru)
These colleges are operated by the Philippine Government which serves 4 years of different baccalaureate degrees:
- Philippine Military Academy, City of Baguio - It is a primary training school for regular commissioning as officers of the Philippine Army, Philippine Navy, Philippine Marine Corps and the Philippine Air Force, and it is under the control of the Department of National Defense. It was formerly named as the Philippine Constabulary School but was renamed before the 30's. during the American era, U.S. Army Cavalry Officers established the school for the professionalization of the defunct Philippine Constabulary enlisted personnel. In 1992, PMA stopped producing constabulary cadets after the creation of the Republic Act 6975 which as a result the Philippine Constabulary and the Integrated National Police were officially merged and renamed as The Philippine National Police. Beginning in 1993 this has become a co-educational military academy.
- Philippine Merchant Marine Academy, Zambales - It is a school for midshipmen who shall serve in different private shipping companies, foreign or local. Its midshipmen may serve in the Philippine Coast Guard as an ensign after graduation depending upon their choice. All PMMA midshipmen are also automatically appointed by the president of the Philippines as ensigns or 2nd lieutenants in the Philippine Navy Reserve, and in the Philippine National Police's Maritime Group as Inspectors. This is the oldest of the Philippine service academies having been established in 1820 during the long period of Spanish rule in the country, and was first situated in Manila for so many years.
- Philippine National Police Academy, Cavite - during the 80's, it served as a school for selected enlisted personnel and civilians to join as a Police/Fire Lieutenants in the defunct Integrated National Police. After the merging of the Philippine Constabulary and INP in January 1, 1991 it became the primary officers school for the new Philippine National Police, the Bureau of Fire Protection and the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, all under the Department of the Interior and Local Government. The Philippine National Police Academy graduates are automatically appointed as Inspectors/Lieutenants in the Philippine National Police, Bureau of Fire Protection, and the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology according to their choice of public safety curriculum during their cadetship. This is under the supervision of the DILG and the Philippine Public Safety College.
Aside from the PMA and the PMMA, all three branches of the AFP have their own Officer Candidate Course Programs for both men and women, patterned after their US counterparts.
The nation's higher military colleges are:
- Armed Forces of the Philippines Command and General Staff College, Quezon City - educates officers of the AFP not exceeding the ranks of Colonel or Navy Captain
- National Defense College of the Philippines, Quezon City – is a school for senior AFP officers for military/naval planning and to ready them in holding the ranks of Brigadier General/Commodore. Notable civilians may enroll and be given the honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel/Commander in the AFP Reserve upon graduation.
- National Defence University in Warsaw
- Jarosław Dąbrowski Military University of Technology in Warsaw
- Tadeusz Kościuszko Land Forces Military Academy in Wrocław
- Polish Air Force Academy in Dęblin
- Heroes of Westerplatte Naval Academy in Gdynia
- Faculty of Military Medicine of the Medical University in Łódź
- Dzerzhinsky Political-Military Academy in Warsaw
- Polish Air Defense Forces Academy
High school training:
- Colégio Militar, Lisbon – military school for boys;
- Instituto de Odivelas, Odivelas – military school for girls;
- Instituto dos Pupilos do Exército, Lisbon – vocational education military school.
Undergraduate officer training:
- Academia Militar, Lisbon and Amadora – Portuguese Army and Republican National Guard university school;
- Escola Naval, Almada – Portuguese Navy university school;
- Academia da Força Aérea, Sintra – Portuguese Air Force university school;
Postgraduate officer training:
- Instituto de Estudos Superiores Militares, at Lisbon – Joint command and staff college.
No longer operational:
- Instituto Superior Militar, Águeda – school for training NCOs to become officers;
- Escola Superior Politécnica do Exército, Amadora – school for training NCOs to become officers.
- Carol I National Defence University (Universitatea Nationala de Aparare Carol I), Bucharest
- Technical Military Academy (Academia Tehnică Militară), Bucharest
- Land Forces:
- Air Forces:
- Naval Forces:
The first stage of training:
- The Cadet Corps is an admissions-based military middle school for young boys that was founded in the Russian Empire in the year 1732, soon becoming widespread throughout the country.
- Omsk Cadet Corps
- Karelia Cadet Corps
- Krasnoyarsk Cadet Corps
- Magnitogorsk Cadet Corps
- Georgy Zhukov Moscow Cadet Corps
- Moscow Cossacks Cadet Corps
- Moscow Cadet Corps of Military Music
- Moscow Cadet Corps of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of Russia
- St.Petersburg Space Forces Cadet Corps
- St.Petersburg Strategic Rocket Forces Cadet Corps
- The 1st St.Petersburg Border guard Cadet Corps of the FSB
- Tambov Cadet Corps
- Toliatti Cadet Corps
- Ufa Cadet Corps
- The Sea Cadet Corps
- Kronstadt S.C.C.
- Moscow Representative Sea Cadet Corps of the Navigation and Mathematics School
- Moscow Sea Cadet Corps Heroes of Sevastopol
The second stage of training:
- Suvorov Military School are a type of boarding school in modern Russia for boys of 14-18. Education in such these schools focuses on military related subjects.
- Nakhimov Naval School is a form of higher military education for teenagers introduced in modern Russia.
- St.Petersburg N.N.S.
The third stage of training:
- Combined Arms Academy of the Armed Forces
- Gagarin Air Force Academy (now the Gagarin-Zhukovsky Combined Air Force Academy)
- Military Engineering-Technical University
- Saint Petersburg Mining Institute
- Fleet Admiral Nikolai Kuznetsov Naval Academy
- Alexander Popov Naval Radio-electronic Academy
- Pacific Naval Institute
- Moscow Peter the Great Strategic Rocket Forces Academy
- Baltic Naval Institute
- Military University of the Ministry of Defense of Russia
- Yekaterinburg Force Command School of Artillery
- Air General Staff Center of Missile and Air Defense Excellence
- Khabarovsk Military Commanders Training Academy
- Civil Defense Academy of the Ministry of Emergency Situations
- Sergey Kirov Military Communications Academy
- Military Medical Academy
- St. Petersburg Academy of Physical Culture, Fitness and Sports
- Moscow Border Guards Superior College
- Military University of the Ministry of Internal Affairs
The fourth stage of training:
- Academia General Militar, Zaragoza
- Academia General del Aire, San Javier
- Escuela Naval Militar de Oficiales, Marín
The General Sir John Kotelawala Defense University, was established in 1980 and is named after Gen. Sri John Kotelawala the 2nd Prime Minister of Sri Lanka. Taking cadets from all three armed services, 3 non-university level Military Academies, one for each armed service providing basic training for officer and a Command and Staff College for senior officers of the three armed services.
- Officer training
- Sri Lanka Military Academy, Diyatalawa
- Naval and Maritime Academy, Trincomalee
- Air Force Academy, SLAF China Bay, Trincomalee
- Staff training
- Armed Forces Academies Preparatory School (Secondary level)
- Chulachomklao Royal Military Academy (University level)
- Phramongkutklao College of Medicine (Medicine, University level)
- Royal Thai Navy Academy (university level)
- Royal Thai Air Force Academy (university level)
- Turkish Military Academy
- Armed Forces College (Turkey)
- Army War College (Turkey)
- Turkish Air Force Academy
- Turkish Naval Academy
- National Security College (Turkey)
- Gülhane Military Medical Academy
- Kuleli Military High School
- Işıklar Military High School
- Maltepe Military High School
- Turkish Naval High School
Uganda maintains the followings military training institutions, as of December 2010:
- Bihanga Military Training School – Located at Bihanga, in Ibanda District, Western Uganda.
- Kalama Warfare Training School – Located at Kabamba, Mubende District
- National Leadership Institute (NALI) - Located at Kyankwanzi, Kyankwanzi District
- Oliver Tambo School of Leadership - Located at Kaweweta, Nakaseke District
- Uganda Air Defence and Artillery School - Located at Nakasongola in Nakasongola District
- Uganda Airforce Academy - Located at Nakasongola in Nakasongola District
- University of Military Science and Technology - Located at Lugazi, Buikwe District
- Uganda Junior Staff College - Located at Qaddafi Barracks, Jinja
- Uganda Military Academy - Located at Kabamba, Mubende District
- Uganda Senior Command and Staff College - Located at Kimaka, Jinja
- Uganda Urban Warfare Training School - Located at Singo, Kiboga District
A number of universities have specialized military institutes, such as the Faculty of Military Legal Studies at Kharkiv's National Yaroslav Mudryi Law Academy of Ukraine, however, the primary Ukrainian military academies are the following:
- Hetman Petro Sahaydachnyi Military Academy, Lviv
- Admiral Pavel Nakhimov Naval Academy, Odessa
- Ivan Kozhedub Air Force University, Kharkiv
Pre-University level institution
- Welbeck College - Sixth form college for 16 to 18 year olds providing A-Level education in preparation for entry into the British Armed Forces or Ministry of Defence Civil Service as Technical Officers, following undergraduate education. There are also numerous Cadet forces that operate for all branches of the armed forces for children aged 11–17. These are not designed to recruit people into the armed forces but rather are simply Ministry of Defence sponsored youth organisations.
Although an undergraduate degree is not a pre-requisite for Officer training, the majority of potential Officers will have attended University before joining the Armed Forces. At some universities there may be the option for people to join either a University Royal Naval Unit, a University Officer Training Corps (UOTC) or a University Air Squadron; which are designed to introduce students to life in the Forces and show them the careers that are available. There is no requirement for students in these organisations to join the military after they finish their degree programs, and the great majority have no further contact with the armed forces. Although service with these organisations may give some initial benefit to cadets attending the military colleges/academies, the next stage of the officer training programs assumes no prior military experience/knowledge, and those that did not partake in military activities at university are not disadvantaged.
There are now four military academies in the United Kingdom. Although the curriculum at each varies due to the differing nature of the service a man or woman is joining, it is a combination of military and academic study that is designed to turn young civilians into comprehensibly trained military officers.
- Britannia Royal Naval College, HMS Dartmouth
- Commando Training Centre Royal Marines
- Royal Military Academy Sandhurst
- Royal Air Force College Cranwell
Officer Training for the Reserve Forces (e.g. Territorial Army, Royal Naval Reserve, RAF Reserves & Royal Marine Reserves) also takes place at the relevant military academies, but under a different curriculum and the courses tend to be concentrated into a much shorter period.
Postgraduate and staff training
- Royal College of Defence Studies (mainly for officers of Colonel/Brigadier or equivalent rank selected as future senior leaders; highly selective)
- Joint Services Command and Staff College (courses for officers from Major to Brigadier or equivalent rank)
- Defence College of Management and Technology
- Armed Forces Chaplaincy Centre
- Advanced Research and Assessment Group
- Conflict Studies Research Centre
No longer operational
- Royal Naval College, Greenwich
- Royal Naval Engineering College, HMS Thunderer
- Staff College, Camberley
- RAF Staff College, Andover
- RAF Staff College, Bracknell
- Royal Military Academy, Woolwich
- Joint Service Defence College
In the United States, unlike most other countries, the term "military academy" does not necessarily mean an institution run by the armed forces to train its own military officers; it may also mean a middle school, high school or tertiary-level college, whether public or private, which instructs its students in military-style education, discipline and tradition. In addition, most state "military academies" in the United States today maintain both a civilian student body and a traditional corps of cadets. Many of these institutions also offer online degree programs. The only exception in the U.S. is the Virginia Military Institute, which remains all-military and maintains a 100% military corps of cadets student body.
- The term military school primarily refers to pre-collegiate (middle and high school) institutions. Military schools were once far more common than they are today. See the extensive list of defunct military academies.
- The term military academy commonly refers to a pre-collegiate, collegiate, and post-collegiate institution, yet graduate institutions catering to officers already in service are often considered separately and termed staff colleges and Graduate Schools.
Military academies can be either private or have government sponsorship from a regional (state), or national government.
Federal Service Academies
The colleges operated by the U.S. Federal Government are referred to as the Federal Service Academies and are:
- United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado
- United States Coast Guard Academy, New London, Connecticut
- United States Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, New York
- United States Military Academy, West Point, New York
- United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland
- Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Maryland
Senior and junior military colleges
There is one all-military state-sponsored military academy:
In addition, these five institutions that were military colleges at the time of their founding now maintain both a corps of cadets and a civilian student body. Many of these institutions also offer on-line degree programs:
- University of North Georgia, Dahlonega, Georgia — Formed by a 2013 merger, its main predecessor institution, last known as North Georgia College & State University, was chartered as a military college. However, when NGCSU was founded in 1873 as North Georgia Agricultural College, it had both a corps and a civilian student body, and was also the state's first coeducational college.
- Norwich University Corps of Cadets. Norwich University, Northfield, Vermont
- Texas A&M Corps of Cadets, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas
- The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina
- Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia
Along with VMI, these institutions are known as the Senior Military Colleges of the US.
Today six institutions are considered Military Junior Colleges (JMC). These six schools participate in the Army's two-year Early Commissioning Program, an Army ROTC program where qualified students can earn a commission as a Second Lieutenant after only two years of college. The five Military Junior Colleges are:
- Georgia Military College, Milledgeville, Georgia
- Marion Military Institute, Marion, Alabama
- New Mexico Military Institute, Roswell, New Mexico
- Valley Forge Military Academy and College, Wayne, Pennsylvania
- Wentworth Military Academy and College, Lexington, Missouri
Merchant Marine Academies that have military academy style operations
There are six (6) state-operated Merchant Marine academies:
- Massachusetts Maritime Academy
- Maine Maritime Academy
- SUNY Maritime College
- Texas Maritime Academy
- Great Lakes Maritime Academy
- California Maritime Academy
These merchant marine academies operate on a military college system. Part of the training that the cadets receive is naval and military in nature. Cadets are required to apply for Naval Reserve, Coast Guard or Marine Corps commissions upon obtaining their Merchant Marine Officer's licenses and must accept the commission if it is offered.
US Staff Colleges
The United States staff colleges, mandated to serve the needs of officers for post-graduate studies and other such graduate institutions as mandated by the Department of Defense are:
United States Air Force Air University attached staff colleges
- The Air University in Maxwell AFB, Alabama, includes the
Staff Colleges of the United States Army
- United States Army Command and General Staff College
- United States Army School of Advanced Military Studies
- United States Army War College
Joint Service staff colleges
- National Defense University in Washington, D.C. which includes the
- Defense Acquisition University
Other post graduate colleges operated by the DoD
- National Intelligence University (Military intelligence)
- The Judge Advocate General's Legal Center and School (Legal services training)
- Air Force Judge Advocate General's School (Legal services training)
- Naval Justice School (Legal services training)
- National Defense Academy of Vietnam in Hanoi, Vietnam
- Le Quy Don Technical University in Hanoi, Vietnam
- Vietnam Naval Academy in Nha Trang, Khanh Hoa, Vietnam
A military school teaches children (primarily boys) of various ages (elementary school, middle school or high school) in a military environment which includes training in military aspects, such as drill. The vast majority are in the United States and Russia. Many military schools are also boarding schools, and others are simply magnet schools in a larger school system. Many are privately run institutions, though some are public and are run either by a public school system (such as the Chicago Public Schools) or by a state.
A common misconception results because some states have chosen to house their juvenile criminal populations in higher-security boarding schools that are run in a manner similar to military boarding schools. These are also called reform schools, and are functionally a combination of school and prison. They attempt to emulate the environment of military boarding schools in the belief that a strict structured environment can reform these children. This may or may not be true. However, their environment and target population are different from those of military schools.
Popular culture sometimes shows parents sending or threatening to send unruly children off to military school (or boarding school) to teach them good behavior (e.g., in the "Army of One" episode of The Sopranos, Tony and Carmela Soprano consider sending their son, AJ, to the Hudson Military Institute. A similar situation appears in Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, while other fictional depictions don't show military academies as punishment (threats) (ex. Damien: Omen II and The Presidio.
A college-level military academy is an institute of higher learning of things military. It is part of a larger system of military education and training institutions. The primary educational goal at military academies is to provide a high quality education that includes significant coursework and training in the fields of military tactics and military strategy. The amount of non-military coursework varies by both the institution and the country, and the amount of practical military experience gained varies as well.
Military academies may or may not grant university degrees. In the U.S., graduates have a major field of study, earning a Bachelor's degree in that subject just as at other universities. However, in British academies, the graduate does not achieve a university degree, since the whole of the one-year course (nowadays undertaken mainly but not exclusively by university graduates) is dedicated to military training.
There are two types of military academies: national (government-run) and state/private-run.
- Graduates from national academies are typically commissioned as officers in the country's military. The new officers usually have an obligation to serve for a certain number of years. In some countries (e.g. Britain) all military officers train at the appropriate academy, whereas in others (e.g. the United States) only a percentage do and the service academies are seen as institutions which supply service-specific officers within the forces (about 15 percent of US military officers).
- State or private-run academy graduates have no requirement to join the military after graduation, although some schools have a high rate of graduate military service. Today, most of these schools have ventured away from their military roots and now enroll both military and civilian students. The only exception in the United States is the Virginia Military Institute which remains all-military.
- List of fictional military schools and academies
- List of government-run higher-level national military academies
- List of United States military schools and academies
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- Cadet, Linton Hall, Linton Hall Military School Memories: One cadet's memoir, Scrounge Press, 2014. ISBN 9781495931963 Memoir of cadet who attended a military school for boys ages 6 to 16.
- Memories and discussion of military school for elementary and junior high school boys.
- Another site with memories and discussion of the same school.
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- Richard A Harmon. "Perspectives in the History of Military Education and Professionalism".
- Major-General John Gaspard Le Marchant (1766-1812) Defence Academy
- H16511 Dr. Richard Arthur Preston "To Serve Canada: A History of the Royal Military College of Canada" 1997 Toronto, University of Toronto Press, 1969.
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- H16511 Dr. Richard Preston "R.M.C. and Kingston: The effect of imperial and military influences on a Canadian community" 1968
- H1877 R. Guy C. Smith (editor) "As You Were! Ex-Cadets Remember". In 2 Volumes. Volume I: 1876-1918. Volume II: 1919-1984. Royal Military College. [Kingston]. The R.M.C. Club of Canada. 1984
- "To Serve Canada: A History of the Royal Military College since the Second World War", Ottawa, University of Ottawa Press, 1991.
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- About Uganda Urban Warfare Training School
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- (Ukrainian) Official website of National Defense University of Ukraine
- Georgia Military School - Reviews, Tuition, Athletics
- Linton Hall Cadet, Linton Hall Military School Memories: One cadet's memoir, Arlington, VA.: Scrounge Press, 2014 ISBN 978-1-4959-3196-3 describes a military school for boys ages 6-16.