A military academy or service academy is an educational institution which prepares candidates for service in the officer corps. It normally provides education in a military environment, the exact definition depending on the country concerned.
Three types of academy exist: pre-collegiate-level institutions awarding academic qualifications, university-level institutions awarding bachelor's degree level qualifications, and those preparing officer cadets for commissioning into the armed services of the state.
A naval academy is either a type of military academy or is distinguished from one. In U.S. usage, the United States Military Academy and the United States Naval Academy are both service academies.
HistoryThe first military academies were established in the 18th century to provide future officers for technically specialized corps, such as engineers and artillery, with scientific training.
The Royal Danish Naval Academy was set up in 1701, making it the oldest military academy in existence. The Royal Military Academy, Woolwich was set up in 1741, after a false start in 1720 because of a lack of funds, 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 Mézières was founded in 1748, followed by a non-technical academy in 1751, the École 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 École 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 Régime.
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 United States Military Academy located in West Point, New York was founded on March 16, 1802 and is one of five service academies in the nation. West Point rose to prominence after the Mexican-American War. Notable alumni include astronaut Buzz Aldrin, American presidents Ulysses S. Grant and Dwight D. Eisenhower, and several American and Confederate generals such as William Tecumseh Sherman, Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, John J. Pershing, Douglas MacArthur and George S. Patton.
Pre-collegiate institutionsA military school teaches children of various ages in a military environment which includes training in military aspects, such as drill. 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 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 to teach them good behavior, while other fictional depictions don't show military academies as threats or punishment.
Adult institutionsA 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 is dedicated to military training.
There are two types of military academies: national 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 all military officers train at the appropriate academy, whereas in others only a percentage do and the service academies are seen as institutions which supply service-specific officers within the forces.
- 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 military academies by countries
- Afghanistan National Army Officer Academy
- National Military Academy of Afghanistan
- Officer Candidate School, Kabul
- Skanderbeg Military University
- Army Military Academy
- National Air Force Academy
- Naval Academy
- Colegio Militar de la Nación, located in El Palomar, Buenos Aires
- Escuela Naval Militar, located in Río Santiago, Buenos Aires
- Escuela de Aviación Militar, located in the city of Córdoba
- Monte Melkonian Military College
- National Institute for Strategic Studies
- Vazgen Sargsyan Military Institute
- Marshal Baghramyan Aviation Academy
- Armenak Khanperyants Military Aviation University
- Australian Defence Force Academy
- Royal Australian Naval College
- Royal Military College, Duntroon
- Officers' Training School RAAF
- Theresian Military Academy
- Schools of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces
- *War College of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces
- *Azerbaijan Higher Military Academy
- **Azerbaijan Higher Naval Academy
- **Azerbaijan High Military Aviation School
- Special service higher schools
- *Academy of the Ministry of National Security
- *High Military School of Internal Troops of Azerbaijan
- *Police Academy of the Ministry of Internal Affairs
- *State Border Service Academy
- *Academy of Ministry of Emergency Situations
- *Academy of State Customs Committee
- Bangladesh Military Academy
- Bangladesh Naval Academy
- Bangladesh Air Force Academy
- University Of Professionals, Mirpur, Dhaka
- Bangladesh National Cadet Corps
- Military Institute of Science and Technology, Mirpur, Dhaka
- Armed Forces Medical College, 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
- 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
- Military Academy of Belarus
- Minsk Suvorov Military School
- Border Guard Service Institute of Belarus
- Ministry of the Interior Academy of the Republic of Belarus
- Royal Military Academy
- Military College of Bolivia
- Bolivian Military Naval Academy
- Bolivian Air Force Academy
- Army – The biggest Academy is Academia Militar de Agulhas Negras 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 is composed for 13 military schools in Belo Horizonte, Belém, Brasília, Campo Grande, Curitiba, Fortaleza, Juiz de Fora, Manaus, Porto Alegre, Recife, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador and Santa Maria.
- Navy – Escola Naval was founded in 1823 and is located on Villegagnon island, near downtown Rio de Janeiro. The location of the school has historical significance during the French invasions of the then Portuguese Colony in 1555. The Brazilian Navy also prepares students at the High School level at Colégio Naval in preparation for the Naval Academy. Colégio Naval was founded in 1876 and is located at Enseada Almirante Batista das Neves em Angra dos Reis.
- Air Force – Academia da Força Aérea and Escola Preparatória de Cadetes do Ar
- Vasil Levski National Military University founded in 1878 as a military school in Plovdiv
- *Air Force Faculty located in Dolna Mitropoliya
- *Artillery, Air Defence and CIS Faculty located in Shumen
- *All-Force Faculty faculty located in Veliko Tarnovo
- 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, founded with an Act of the 15th National Assembly of 1 March 1912 in Sofia
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. 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 RRMC and CMR due to budget considerations, but RMCC continues to operate.
RRMC 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 CMR as a military academy that offers equivalent schooling as CEGEP, a level of post-secondary education in Quebec's education system.
In addition to Canadian Military Colleges, the Canadian Armed Forces also operate a number of training centres and schools, including the Canadian Forces College, and the Canadian Forces Language School. The components of the Canadian Armed Forces also maintain training centres and schools. The Canadian Army Doctrine and Training Centre is a formation in the Army that delivers combat, and doctrinal training. The CADTC includes several training establishments, such as the Canadian Manoeuvre Training Centre, Combat Training Centre, Command and Staff College, and the Peace Support Training Centre. The 2 Canadian Air Division is the formation responsible for training in the Royal Canadian Air Force, and includes establishments like the Royal Canadian Air Force Academy, 2 Canadian Forces Flying Training School, and 3 Canadian Forces Flying Training School. The RCAF also maintains the Canadian Forces School of Survival and Aeromedical Training.
In addition to publicly operated institutions, Canada is also home to one private military boarding school, Robert Land Academy, located in West Lincoln, Ontario. Founded in 1978, it is an all-boys' institute that is fully accredited by Ontario's Ministry of Education. The school offers elementary and secondary levels of education, providing schooling for students from Grade 6 to Grade 12.
China, People's Republic of
- PLA National Defense University
- José María Córdova Military School, located in Bogotá.
- Colombian Army NCO School
- Marco Fidel Suarez Military Aviation School, located in Cali.
- Admiral Padilla Naval Academy, located in Cartagena de Indias.
- General Santander National Police Academy, located in Bogotá.
- Univerzita Obrany
- Military academy and training command
- Royal Danish Defence College
- Royal Danish Military Academy
- Royal Danish Naval Academy
- Royal Danish Air Force Officers School
- Egyptian Air Defense Academy
- Egyptian Military Technical College
- Egyptian Military medical college
- Egyptian Air Academy
- Egyptian Military Academy
- Egyptian Naval Academy
- Escuela Militar Capitan General Gerardo Barrios
- Estonian National Defence College
- Baltic Defence College, both in Tartu
- Finnish National Defence University , located on Santahamina island, Helsinki
- Lycée militaire de Saint-Cyr
- Lycée militaire d'Autun
- Prytanée National Militaire
- Lycée militaire d'Aix-en-Provence
- Lycée naval de Brest
- École des Pupilles de l'Air
- École spéciale militaire de Saint-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 in 1945.
- École militaire interarmes
- École des commissaires des armées, 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 : gendarmerie commissioned officers academy
- École Polytechnique : a French engineering grande école of military status. Though all of its French engineering students are enlisted and trained as officers, 5% of its graduates remain in the military after graduation.
- ENSTA Bretagne: a French engineering grande école of military status. Only 1/4 of its students are actual officers-in-training.
- École de Santé des Armées: medical school of French army
- National Military Infrastructure Engineers Academy: trains military engineers of the Armed Forces, opened 2013
- École d'état-major : first step of higher military studies, for officer of OF-2 rank.
- École de Guerre : second step of higher military studies, mainly for ranks OF-2 and OF-3 who want to continue the command track.
- Collège d'enseignement supérieur de l'armée de terre : second step of military education, but for officers whishing to achieve a high-level specialization.
- * Cours supérieur d'état-major
- * Enseignement militaire supérieur scientifique et technique.
- Centre des hautes études militaire : final step of military education, for very few selected OF-5. Its students also attend the civilian institut des hautes études de défense nationale.
- National Defense Academy
- Cadet Bachelor School
- Junior Officer Basic School
- Aviation Air Defense Officer Basic School
- Medical Officer School
- Captain Career School
- Command and General Staff School
- School of Advance Defense Studies
- Language Training School
The standard education in military leadership is the task of the Offizierschulen run by the three branches. The contents differ from branch to branch. According to the doctrine "leading by task", in the army all prospective platoon leaders are trained down to the level of a commander of a mixed combat battalion. 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 officers 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 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 the candidates become commissioned Leutnant.
The three officer's schools are:
- The German Navy supervises:
- * Naval Academy at Mürwik, located in Flensburg-Mürwik
- The German Army supervises:
- * Offizierschule des Heeres, located in Dresden
- The German Air Force supervises:
- * Offizierschule der Luftwaffe, located in Fürstenfeldbruck
- Universities of the German Federal Armed Forces
- * Helmut Schmidt University, located in Hamburg
- * Bundeswehr University Munich, located in Munich
- Führungsakademie der Bundeswehr, located in Hamburg
- The Hellenic Army supervises:
- *The Evelpidon Military Academy, located in Athens.
- *The Corps Officers Military Academy, located in Thessaloniki.
- The Hellenic Air Force supervises:
- * The Icarus Air Force Academy, located in Tatoi.
- The Hellenic Navy supervises:
- * The Hellenic Naval Cadets Academy, located in Piraeus.
- National University of Public Service
- * Faculty of Military Sciences and Officer Training
- National Defence Academy
- Indian Military Academy
- Officers Training Academy
- Indian Naval Academy
- Air Force Academy, Dundigul
- Air Force Technical College, Bangalore
1. 5 Rashtriya Military Schools across India in the Belgaum Military School, Bangalore Military School, Chail Military School, Dholpur Military School and Ajmer Military School
- Classes 6 to 12, run by the Integrated Headquarters of Ministry Of Defence of the Indian government
- Educational institute to train for defence services, no combat training
Currently, the Tentara Nasional Indonesia or the TNI, under the supervision of the Commanding General of the Indonesian National Armed Forces Academy System in the HQ of the Indonesian National Armed Forces, has divided the academies into the three respective services:
- Indonesian Military Academy, located in Magelang, Central Java, is under the supervision of the Chief of Staff of the Indonesian Army, operated since 1946.
- Indonesian Naval Academy, located in Surabaya, East Java, is under the supervision of the Indonesian Navy Chief of Staff. The Indonesian Naval Academy also educates and forms officers to serve in the Indonesian Marine Corps. In existence since 1951.
- Indonesian Air Force Academy, located in Yogyakarta, is under the supervision of the Indonesian Air Force Chief of Staff. The academy has three majorings which are: electronics, engineering, and administration. Following graduation, students who are selected as Pilot and Navigator conduct further training in the Pilot and Navigator Flight School prior bearing the Pilot/Navigator designation. Active since 1945, but also inherits the traditions of former Dutch military aviation schools.
- Prajurit Taruna/Kadet/Karbol, 1st year
- Kopral Taruna/Kadet/Karbol, 1st year
- Sersan Taruna/Kadet/Karbol, 2nd year
- Sersan Mayor Dua Taruna/Kadet/Karbol, 3rd year
- Sersan Mayor Satu Taruna/Kadet/Karbol, 4th year
Until 1999, before the Indonesian National Police officially separated from the armed forces, the Indonesian Police Academy also stood under the National Armed Forces Academy but now has separated from the Military and is under the auspices of the President of Indonesia controlled by the National Police Headquarters, where in the other hand the Armed Forces Academies of Indonesia is under the auspices of the Ministry of Defense controlled by the Armed Forces General Headquarters. Presently, the Police Academy is located in Semarang, and is supervised under the supervision of the Chief of Indonesian National Police.
All three academies and the Police Academy have a joint 4th class cadet training program since 2008, after completing it the cadets go to their respective academies to continue with the three remaining years of study before commissioning.
As of July 2019, Rear Admiral Aan Kurnia is the Commanding General, INAF Academy System, with Air Vice Marshal Sri Pulung as the assistant commander. The academies system was founded on 16 December 1965.Ground Forces of Islamic Republic of Iran Army, located in Tehran, Iran. Cadets of the academy achieve the second Lieutenant rank upon graduation and join one of Islamic Republic of Iran Army branches.
ItalyHigh school level institutions :
- Scuola Militare Nunziatella, founded during the Bourbon Period in 1787, in Italian Army, Naples
- Scuola Militare Teulié, founded during the Napoleonic period in 1802, Italian Army, Milan
- Scuola Militare Navale Morosini, Italian Navy, Venice
- Scuola Militare Aeronautica Douhet, Italian Air Force, Florence
Non Commissioned Officer schools:
- Army: Scuola sottufficiali dell'Esercito Italiano, Viterbo
- Air Force: Scuola sottufficiali della Marina Militare, Taranto and Law Maddalena
- Navy: Scuola marescialli dell'Aeronautica Militare, Viterbo
- Carabinieri: Scuola marescialli e brigadieri dei carabinieri, Firenze
- Guardia di Finanza: Scuola ispettori e sovrintendenti della Guardia di Finanza, L'Aquila
- Military Academy of 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
- National Defense Medical College
- Officer Candidate Training Schools
- National Defense University
- Military Institute of the Kazakh Ground Forces
- Talgat Bigeldinov Military Institute of the Air Defence Forces
- Aktau Naval Academy
- Military Engineering Institute of Radio Electronics and Communications
- Astana Zhas Ulan Republican School
- Almaty Zhas Ulan Republican School
- Shymkent Zhas Ulan Republican School
- Karaganda Zhas Ulan Republican School
- Kim Il-sung Military University
- Korea Army Academy at Yeongcheon, formerly Korea Third Military Academy
- Armed Forces Nursing Academy
- Military Institute of the Armed Forces of the Kyrgyz Republic
- Kyrgyz State National Military Lyceum
- Center for Advanced Training of Officers
- Royal Military College
- National Defence University of Malaysia
- Armed Forces Defence College
- Officers Cadet School in Port Dickson
- Malaysian Armed Forces Staff College
- Armed Forces Health Training Institute
- Malaysian Peacekeeping Training Centre
- Heroica Escuela Naval Militar
- Heroico Colegio Militar
- Colegio del Aire
- Alexandru cel Bun Military Academy
- National Defense University
- * Military Music College of Mongolia
- Defence Services Academy
- Defence Services Technological Academy
- Defence Services Medical Academy
- Officer Training School
- National Defence College
- Defence Services Institute of Nursing and Paramedical Science
- Namibian Military School
- Koninklijke Militaire Academie
- Royal Naval College
- New Zealand Commissioning Course, Waiouru
- Initial Officer Training, Woodbourne
- Officer Training School, Devonport Naval Base
- NZDF Junior Staff Course, New Zealand Defence College
- 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
- Nigerian Navy Military School, Ikot Ntuen, Akwa Ibom State - Nigerian Navy military School for boys
Undergraduate officer training
- Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna – Nigerian Armed Forces university school
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
- Army War College Nigeria
Undergraduate officer training
- Norwegian Military Academy, Linderud/Oslo
- Norwegian Naval Academy, Laksevåg/Bergen
- Norwegian Air Force Academy, Trondheim
- Norwegian Defence Staff College, Oslo
- Norwegian National Defence College, Oslo
- 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
- Military College Jhelum, Jhelum District
- Military College Murree, Rawalpindi District
- Military College Sui, Dera Bugti District
- PAF College Sargodha
- PAF College Murre Hills
- Cadet College Razmak, Razmak North Waziristan Agency.
- Cadet College Kohat
- Cadet College Wana
- Cadet College Spinkai
- Cadet College Mastung
- Cadet College Petaro, for Pakistan Navy
- Garrison Cadet College Kohat
- Cadet College Skardu
- Escuela de Policia National Dr. Justo Arosemena
- Francisco López Military Academy, located in Capiatá, Paraguay
- Chorrillos Military School
- Peruvian Naval School
- Peruvian Air Force Officers' School
- Officers' School of the National Police of Peru
These colleges are operated by the Philippine Government which serves four 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 1930s. 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 and the Philippine Navy 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. 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 1980s, 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 on 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 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.
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
Pre-university level institution
- Colégio Militar, Lisbon – military basic and high school
- 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 and staff training
- Instituto de Estudos Superiores Militares, Lisbon – joint command and staff college
No longer operational
- Instituto Superior Militar, Águeda – undergraduate school for training NCOs to become officers
- Escola Superior Politécnica do Exército, Amadora – undergraduate school for training NCOs to become officers
- Escola do Serviço de Saúde Militar, Lisbon – Portuguese Armed Forces nurse and paramedic undergraduate school
- Instituto de Odivelas, Odivelas – pre-university level military school for girls
- Instituto de Altos Estudos Militares, Lisbon – Army graduate and staff college
- Instituto Superior Naval de Guerra, Lisbon – Navy graduate and staff college
- Instituto de Altos Estudos da Força Aérea, Sintra – Air Force graduate and staff college
- Carol I National Defence University, Bucharest
- Technical Military Academy, Bucharest
- Land Forces:
- *Nicolae Bălcescu Land Forces Academy, Sibiu
- Air Forces:
- *Academia Forțelor Aeriene, Braṣov
- Naval Forces:
- *Mircea cel Bătrân Naval Academy, Constanṭa
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 1732, soon becoming widespread throughout the country.
- The Sea Cadet Corps
- Suvorov Military Schools are a type of boarding school in modern Russia for boys aged 14-18. Education in such these schools focuses on military related subjects.
- Nakhimov Naval School is a form of higher naval education for teenagers introduced in modern Russia.
- Combined Arms Academy of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation
- Gagarin Air Force Academy
- Military Engineering-Technical University
- Saint Petersburg Mining Institute
- Alexander Popov Naval Radio-electronic Academy
- Military Materiel Security Academy
- Pacific Naval Institute
- Moscow Peter the Great Strategic Rocket Forces Academy
- Moscow Higher Military Command School
- Baltic Naval Institute
- Sevastopol Black Sea Higher Naval Institute
- Military University of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation
- Far Eastern Higher Combined Arms Command School
- Budyonny Military Academy of the Signal Corps
- 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
- S.M. Kirov Military Medical Academy
- St. Petersburg Military College of Physical Fitness and Sports
- Marshal Aleksander Vasilevsky Military Academy of the Armed Forces Air Defense Branch
- Moscow Border Guards Superior College
- Military University of the Ministry of Internal Affairs
- General Staff Academy
- N. G. Kuznetsov Naval Academy
- Military Academy Belgrade
- Military Medical Academy
- Officer Cadet School
- Singapore Command and Staff College
- Camp TURKSOM trains both officers and NCOs, offers a two-year course for officers and a one-year course for NCOs.
- South African Military Academy provides officers in the SANDF with an opportunity to earn a 3yr BMil degree.
- Academia General Militar, Zaragoza
- Academia General del Aire, San Javier
- Escuela Naval Militar de Oficiales, Marín
- General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University, Colombo
- Sri Lanka Military Academy, Diyatalawa
- Naval and Maritime Academy, Trincomalee
- Air Force Academy, SLAF China Bay, Trincomalee
- Defence Services Command and Staff College
Undergraduate officer training
- Military Academy Karlberg, officers
- Military Academy Halmstad, specialist officers and reserve officers
- Swedish Defence University
Taiwan (Republic of China)
- R.O.C. 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
- Tanzania Military Academy
- Armed Forces Academies Preparatory School
- Chulachomklao Royal Military Academy
- Phramongkutklao College of Medicine
- Royal Thai Navy Academy
- Royal Thai Air Force Academy
- Royal Thai Police Cadet Academy
- Phramongkutklao College of Medicine
- Royal Thai Army Nursing College
- Royal Thai Navy Nursing College
- Royal Thai Air Force Nursing College
- Royal Thai Police Nursing College
- National Defence University
- Turkish Military Academy
- Turkish Naval Academy
- Turkish Air Academy
- Camp TURKSOM in Somalia trains both officers and NCOs, offers a two-year course for officers and a one-year course for NCOs.
- Military Academy of Turkmenistan
- Military Institute of the Ministry of Defense of Turkmenistan
- * Berdimuhamed Annayev 1st Specialized Military School
- * Alp Arslan 2nd Specialized Military School
- * Soltan Sanjar 3rd Specialized Military School
- Turkmen State Border Service Institute
- Institute of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Turkmenistan
- Turkmen National Security Institute
- Turkmen Naval Institute
- Bihanga Military Training School – located at Bihanga, in Ibanda District, Western Uganda
- Kalama Warfare Training School – located at Kabamba, Mubende District
- National Leadership Institute – 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 Military 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
- Hetman Petro Sahaydachnyi Military Academy, Lviv
- Admiral Pavel Nakhimov Naval Academy, Odessa
- Ivan Kozhedub Air Force University, Kharkiv
- National Defence University of Ukraine "Ivan Chernyakhovsky", Kiev
Pre-University level institution
- Welbeck Defence Sixth Form 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 sponsored under the Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme. The college is due to close in 2021 after an announcement was made in the House of Commons on 11 March 2019.
- Duke of York's Royal Military School – Military based secondary school in Dover, Kent; students are influenced to join the forces after education, but have no commitment to do so.
Undergraduate serviceAlthough an undergraduate degree is not a prerequisite 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 or a University Air Squadron, which are designed to introduce students to life in the Forces and show them the careers that are available. People sponsored under the Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme will join one of the four Support Units attached to universities participating in DTUS. There is a requirement for bursars of DTUS to join the military for three years after completion of their degree, there no requirement for students of any other organisation 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.
Officer trainingThere 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 comprehensively trained military officers.
- Britannia Royal Naval College, HMS Dartmouth
- Commando Training Centre Royal Marines
- Royal Military Academy Sandhurst
- Royal Air Force College Cranwell
Postgraduate and staff training
- Defence Academy of the United Kingdom
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
IntroductionIn the United States, the term "military academy" does not necessarily mean a government-owned institution run by the armed forces to train its own officers. It may also mean a middle school, high school, or college, whether public or private, which instructs its students in military-style education, discipline and tradition. Students at such civilian institutions can earn a commission in the U.S. military through the successful completion of a Reserve Officer Training Corps program along with their college or university's academic coursework.
- The term military school primarily refers to pre-collegiate secondary-school-level military institutions, which were more common before the 1970s and 1980s.
- The term military academy commonly refers to a pre-collegiate, collegiate, and post-collegiate institution, especially the U.S. military-run academies.
- The term US military staff colleges refers to separate graduate schools catering to officers on active duty.
Federal service academiesThe colleges operated by the U.S. Federal Government, referred to as federal service academies, are:
- United States Military Academy, West Point, New York
- United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland
- 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
- Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Maryland
Senior and junior military colleges
- The Virginia Military Institute, Lexington, Virginia
- University of North Georgia, Dahlonega, Georgia — Formed by a 2013 merger with Gainesville State College, 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 is a private university located in Northfield, Vermont. It is the oldest private military college in the United States. The university was founded in 1819 at Norwich, Vermont, as the American Literary, Scientific and Military Academy. It is the oldest of six senior military colleges, and is recognized by the United States Department of Defense as the "Birthplace of ROTC"
- 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
Today four institutions are considered military junior colleges. These four military 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 four military Junior jolleges are as follows:
- 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
Merchant Marine Academies that have military academy-style operations
- Massachusetts Maritime Academy
- Maine Maritime Academy
- State University of New York Maritime College
- Texas A&M Maritime Academy
- Great Lakes Maritime Academy
- California State University Maritime Academy
Staff collegesThe 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:
- * Squadron Officer College and Squadron Officer School
- * Air Command and Staff College
- * Air War College
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
Staff colleges of the United States Navy and the United States Marine Corps
- Naval War College
- Naval Postgraduate School
- Marine Corps University
Joint Service staff colleges
- National Defense University in Washington, D.C., includes:
- * Joint Forces Staff College
- * National War College
- * Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy
- Defense Acquisition University
Other post-graduate colleges operated by the DoD
- National Intelligence University
- The Judge Advocate General's Legal Center and School
- Air Force Judge Advocate General's School
- Naval Justice School
- Academy of the Armed Forces of Uzbekistan
- Joint Service Officer Training Academy
- Tashkent Higher Tank Command School
- Samarkand Higher Military Automobile Command School
- Higher Military Customs Institute
- Academy of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Uzbekistan
- Military-Technical Institute of the National Guard of Uzbekistan
- Uzbekistan Air Academy
- National Defense Academy of Vietnam in Hanoi, Vietnam
- Lê Quý Đôn Technical University in Hanoi, Vietnam
- Vietnam Naval Academy in Nha Trang, Khánh Hòa Province, Vietnam
- Zimbabwe National Defence University