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This article is about educational institutions. For the 1940 American film, see Military Academy (Film).
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 or provides education in a service 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.
- National Military Academy of Afghanistan
- Officer Candidate School, Kabul (OCS)
- ("Skenderbej Military University", www.tradoc.mil.al)
- Colegio Militar de la Nación (National Military College), located in El Palomar, Buenos Aires
- Escuela Naval Militar (Naval Military School), located in Río Santiago, Buenos Aires
- Escuela de Aviación Militar (Military Aviation School), located in the city of Córdoba
- Australian Defence Force Academy
- Royal Military College, Duntroon
- Officer Training School RAAF
- Royal Australian Naval College
- Theresian Military Academy
- Bangladesh Military Academy
- Bangladesh Naval Academy
- Bangladesh Air Force Academy
- Military Institute of Science and Technology
- Armed Forces Medical College
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- 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. 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 60s 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, 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 carry the proud tradition educating Canada's future leaders into the twenty-first century. 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.
China, People's Republic of
China, Republic of
- Whampoa Military Academy
- Republic of China Military Academy
- R.O.C. Military Academy
- R.O.C. Naval Academy
- R.O.C. Air Force Academy
- National Defense University
- National Defense Medical Center
Univerzita obrany (University of Defence)
- Royal Danish Army Officers Academy
- Royal Danish Naval Academy
- Royal Danish Air Force Officers School
- Egyptian Air Academy
- Egyptian Military Academy
- Egyptian Naval Academy
- Escuela Militar Capitan General Gerardo Barrios
- 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
Undergraduate 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 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 military engineering academy
Postgraduate academies :
- Institut des hautes études de la défense nationale (IHEDN): Defense Postgraduate Institute
- École d'État-major (Staff School)
- Collège d'enseignement supérieur de l'armée de terre (Army Higher Education College)
- École de Guerre (War School)
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.
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:
- Naval Academy at Mürwik, located in Flensburg
- The German Army supervises:
- Offizierschule des Heeres, located in Dresden
- The Luftwaffe supervises:
- Offizierschule der Luftwaffe, located in Fürstenfeldbruck
Academic and staff education:
- 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 Armed Forces have military academies supervised by each branch of the Armed Forces individually:
- 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 (Athens).
- The Hellenic Navy supervises:
- The Hellenic Naval Cadets Academy, located in Piraeus.
- "Miklós ZRÍNYI" National Defence University, located in Budapest (www.zmne.hu)
- National Defence Academy (NDA)
- Indian Military Academy (IMA)
- Indian Naval Academy (INA)
- Air Force Academy
- Air Force Technical College, Bangalore
- Rashtriya Indian Military College - Dehradun
- Ajmer Military School
- Bangalore Military School
- Belgaum Military School
- Chail Military School
- Dholpur Military School
- Sainik Schools in all states of the country
- Military academies in India
Akademi Angkatan Bersenjata Republic Indonesia (Indonesia Military Academy) Founded in Yogyakarta, October 13, 1945 in order of General Staff Chief of Indonesia Army Leut. Gen Urip Sumoharjo with name Militaire Academie (MA) Yogyakarta. Now, Tentara Nasional Indonesia (National Military of Indonesia), placed each academy into:
- Akademi Militer - Akmil (Military Academy), located in Magelang, Province of Jawa Tengah
Indonesian Air Force
- Akademi Angkatan Udara - AAU (Air Force Academy), located in Yogyakarta, Province of Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta
- Akademi Angkatan Laut - AAL (Naval Academy), located in Surabaya, Province of Jawa Timur
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)
Korea, SouthMain article: Republic of Korea military academies
The three main military academies:
- Korea Military Academy (Army)
- The Naval Academy of Korea
- Korea Air Force Academy
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 of Education
- National Defence University of Malaysia (University Pertahanan Nasional Malaysia)(Foundation, Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, PhD Degree and Specialise 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.
- Heroica Escuela Naval Militar
- Heroico Colegio Militar
- Colegio del Aire
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:
- 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.
- Nigerian Army College of Logistics, Lagos - school for training middle career Nigerian Army officers on military logistics;
- Nigerian 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)
The Pakistan Military Academy is the sole supplier of officers to the Pakistan Army while the Pakistan Air Force Academy supplies officers and fighter pilots to the Pakistan Air Force. The officers for the Pakistan Navy are supplied by the Pakistan Naval Academy.
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Undergraduate officer training
- Chorrillos Military School (Peruvian Army)
- Peruvian Naval School (Peruvian Navy)
- Peruvian Air Force Officers' School (Peruvian Air Force)
The Philippine Military Academy (PMA) is the training school for future officers of the three service branches of the Armed Forces of the Philippines namely, Philippine Army, Philippine Navy and Philippine Air Force. It was established as an Officer's School of the Philippine Constabulary on February 17, 1905 at Intramuros, Manila, but was relocated on September 1, 1908 in Baguio City. after the separation of Philippine Constabulary from the Armed Forces of the Philippines in December 31, 1990, PMA stopped producing Constabulary Cadets in 1992, because The Philippine Constabulary is now getting officers from the Philippine National Police Academy. Other academies include the Philippine Merchant Marine Academy (PMMA), for future deck and engine officers of different private shipping companies or serve as a regular ensign in the Philippine Coast Guard. graduates of PMMA are automatically commissioned as an ensign in the Philippine Navy Reserve. The Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) is the training school for future Inspectors/Lieutenants of the Philippine National Police formerly named as Philippine Constabulary/Integrated National Police until December 31, 1990, The Bureau of Fire Protection and Bureau of Jail Management and Penology upon graduation. It was established as a training school for active Non-Commissioned Officers to be promoted as Police and Fire Lieutenants of the defunct Integrated National Police but stopped accepting police, jail and fire NCO's until 2000. and lastly, The Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific (MAAP), also for future deck and engine officers of private shipping companies and automatically commissioned and ensign in the Philippine Navy Reserve.
- 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 Maritime Force Academy in Gdynia
- Faculty of Military Medicine of the Medical University in Łódź
- Dzerzhinsky Political-Military Academy in Warsaw
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.
- Escola do Serviço de Saúde Militar, Lisbon - Portuguese Armed Forces nurse and paramedic 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 Portuguese Armed Forces higher studies institute.
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 Defense National University (Universitatea Nationala de Aparare Carol I), Bucharest
- Technical Military Academy (Academia Tehnică Militară), Bucharest
- Land Forces:
- Nicolae Bălcescu Land Forces Academy, Sibiu
- Air Forces:
- Academia Fortelor Aeriene (Air Forces Academy), Braṣov
- Naval Forces:
See also: Cadet Corps (Russia), Soviet military academies
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
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.
- Kazan S.M.S.
- Moscow S.M.S.
- North Caucasus S.M.S.
- St.Petersburg Space Forces S.M.S.
- Tver S.M.S.
- Ulyanovsk S.M.S.
- Ussuriysk S.M.S.
- Yekaterinburg S.M.S.
- 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
- 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
- St. Petersburg Academy of Physical Culture, Fitness and Sports
The forth stage of training:
- Academia General Militar, Zaragoza
- Academia General del Aire, San Javier
- Escuela Naval Militar de Oficiales, Marín
Sri Lanka has one defense university 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. 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.
- Officer training
- Sri Lanka Military Academy, Diyatalawa
- Naval and Maritime Academy, Trincomalee
- Air Force Academy, SLAF China Bay, Trincomalee
- Staff training
- 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)
- Kara Harp Okulu (Turkish Military Academy)
- Turkish Air Force Academy
- Turkish Naval Academy
- 3 Turkish Military HighSchool
- Turkish Naval High School
UgandaMain article: List of military schools in Uganda
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
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.
- Britannia Royal Naval College, HMS Dartmouth
- Commando Training Centre Royal Marines
- Royal Military Academy Sandhurst
- Royal Air Force College Cranwell
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
- Advance Research and Assessment Group
- Conflict Studies Research Centre
No longer operational:
- Royal Naval College, Greenwich
- Royal Naval Engineering College Manadon, HMS Thunderer, Plymouth, Devon
- Staff College, Camberley
- RAF Staff College, Andover
- RAF Staff College, Bracknell
- Royal Military Academy, Woolwich
- Joint Service Defence College
Paralleling the way the School Cadet forces work at a pre-university level, at the university level there are the University Royal Naval Units, University Officer Training Corps (UOTC) and University Air Squadrons. However the mission of the UOTC is not the training of officers.
United StatesMain article: United States Service academies
The United States is almost unique in that 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.
Many public high schools offer Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps programs sponsored by the United States Armed Forces.
- 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 all pre-collegiate, collegiate, and post-collegiate institutions, yet graduate institutions, catering for 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 regional (state) or national government.
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
State-sponsored Military Academy:
In addition, five institutions, which were military colleges at the time of their founding, maintain both a corps of cadets and a civilian student body. These are:
- North Georgia College and State University, Dahlonega, Georgia (chartered as a military college, but has had a corps and a civilian student body from its inception)
- 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 Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia
Along with the Virginia Military Institute these institutions are known as the Senior Military Colleges.
Five institutions are considered Military Junior Colleges. These five 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
Note: The terms college and university are interchangeable in the below discussion. They are both used to denote an institution of higher learning which a person might attend after attending high school, typically at age 17, 18, or 19.
A military school teaches various ages (middle school, high school, or both) in a manner that includes military traditions and training in military subjects. The vast majority are in the United States. 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 by either 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 child 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 high standards of established military boarding schools in the hope that a strict structured environment can reform these children. This may or may not be true. However, this should not reflect on the long and distinguished history of military schools; their associations are traditionally those of high academic achievement, with solid college preparatory curricula, schooling in the military arts, and considerably esteemed graduates.
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 after AJ is expelled from high school but relent when AJ collapses from a panic attack).
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
- List of defunct United States military academies
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- ^ List of Uganda Military Schools
- ^ One Thousand Somalis Graduate From Bihanga Military School
- ^ Kalama Warfare Training School Opened in 2005 at Kabamba
- ^ Colonel Geoffrey Kyazze is Commandant of KWTS
- ^ Kalama Warfare Training School Located at Kabamba
- ^ Oliver Tambo Leadership School Located at Kaweweta, Nakaseke District
- ^ South Africa Donates Equipment to Oliver Tambo School
- ^ About Uganda Airforce Academy
- ^ The NUST Located at Lugazi
- ^ About Uganda Urban Warfare Training School
- ^ "University Officer Training Corps About Us". Ministry of Defence. http://www2.army.mod.uk/uotc/about_us.htm. "UOTCs are military units but it is not about training students for war. Many UOTC members do go on to join the Armed Forces, both full and part time, but the majority have no further contact with the forces after they graduate."
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