Core values such as honor, integrity, duty, service and self-discipline are all pillars on which military academies are built. “Men of character are made not to be born” is a saying that rings loud and true here.
Military academies provide a structured diet that provides an ideal environment for learning and growing. Besides character building and discipline, there are many other advantages of military academies that remain unrecognized. For example, some students have the opportunity to participate in international programs (either exchange students or foreign mentors).
With that in mind, we’ll take a look at some of the best military academies in the world and how they put students on the right path to becoming the best versions of themselves:
United States Military Academy West Point
Ranked fourth on the list of military academies in the United States, it has approximately 90 Rhodes Scholars. Here, 36 cadets received a Marshall scholarship to attend university in the UK.
Some of the most notable alumni here include Antonio Barrios (the first international cadet to graduate who served as Guatemala’s Minister of Public Works), Fidel V. Ramos (an international cadet who served as President of the Republic of the Philippines) and Richard Morales Jr. (a Rhodes scholar and Hispanic physician).
Royal Military Academy Sandhurst
It is a prestigious choice in military academies for those not going to the Air Force in the UK. The institution prides itself on its excellence in leadership and was established in 1802.
International graduates here range from Nigerian George Kurubo (former head of the Nigerian Air Force), Pavlos, Crown Prince of Greece, and Indian General Jayanto Nath Chaudhuri who served as a general officer in the Indian Army.
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Saint-Cyr Military Academy
Along with a rigorous training program, graduates of this French academy earn an MA or MS as commissioned officers.
Foreign alumni of this French institution include Akiyama Yoshifuru (a general in the Imperial Japanese Army), Prince Dimitri Zedginidze-Amilakhvari (a Russian military officer) and Ali Razmara (a military leader and former Iranian prime minister).
Pakistani military academy
This academy is Pakistan’s most accredited federal service military school with a four-year undergraduate program and physical training. Here, a Nigerian general named Tunde Idiagbon, a Bangladeshi chief army officer and a former Sri Lankan high commissioner all graduated.
Military Staff Academy
Originally known in Russia as the Imperial Military Academy, this institution was established in St. Petersburg in 1832. Currently, it is known as the Military Academy of the General Staff of the Forces. Russian armies and many of its former students have been involved in political struggles in the region.
Some notable international graduates are Beqir Balluku (former Albanian Minister of Defense), Horst Stechbarth (former German Deputy Minister of Defense) and Mai Xuân Vĩnh (former Vietnamese leader of the Vietnamese People’s Navy).