British Military Schools

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British Military Schools
Military academy students receive military instruction as well as traditional education. (Russian army image by Alexey Klementiev from

As in the United States, British military academies were established with the intention of recruiting new enlistees in the various military branches. By providing potential recruits access to a paid college education, the military has provided an attractive outlet for students to obtain a postsecondary education in exchange for service to the British army, navy or air force. Some military academies have been established for children in secondary institutions as well.

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Royal Military Academy Sandhurst

The Royal Military Academy (RMA) in Sandhurst is the officer training centre for the British military. Many of the students who come to the RMA already have obtained much or all of their postsecondary education and have endeavoured to embark upon a career as an officer in the army. The training program at Sandhurst lasts 48 months. An additional shorter program, the Professional Qualified Officer course, is available for those planning to serve the military in the capacity of a doctor or lawyer.

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Royal Air Force College Cranwell

The official training centre for the Royal Air Force is Royal Air Force College Cranwell. The college is divided into two primary training schools. The northern half of the campus consists of the initial officer training school for officers-in-training, while the south side of the campus consists of the flight training school. The flight training school provides advanced techniques and rear crew training as well. The college offers childcare for students with children and is equipped with a fitness training facility.

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Britannia Royal Naval College Dartmouth

The Britannia Royal Naval College (BRNC) in Dartmouth was founded in 1905. The college provides students a 28-week course in initial officer training. Training consists of two 14-week terms. The first term involves primarily classroom study and ground-to-sea deployment training. The second 14-week term is spent mainly at sea, receiving practical training in a hands-on environment. Additional aircrew and air traffic control training, along with upper yardman training, is available as well.

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The Duke of York's Royal Military School

The Duke of York's Royal Military School is an independent boarding school that offers education to children of military personnel on active duty. Students are boys and girls, ages 11 to 18. The school was founded in 1803 as an orphanage and eventually transformed into an independent boarding school. The school offers traditional education but also training in various aspects of the military like leadership development, teamwork and basic skills like shooting a weapon.

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