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This list can be thought of as an addendum of sorts to a similar list that was done here, featuring Top 10 Military Schools In America.
Interestingly (though not surprisingly), not all countries operate their military academies in the same manner as the U.S. While most international military academies mirror their American counterparts in the mission of training men and women to become leaders within the armed forces, they do not all include a post-secondary styled education.
There happens to be a number of international schools that excel at producing superior military officers and deserve inclusion on any list that tackles this subject. After all, the idea behind any military school is to develop leaders, and this they do exceedingly well.
Without further commentary, here are the top ten international military schools:
10. Royal Military College of Canada
For reasons that continue to allude us, America’s neighbor to the north tends escape the notice of most. A literal sleeping giant, Canada has a rich military history in its own right, though its contributions may have not drawn as much attention as other nations.
Nevertheless, The Royal Military College of Canada (RMC) continues to produce officers for service in the Canadian armed forces. RMC is Canada’s only federal degree-conferring military-oriented university.
With the stated mission to “educate, train and develop officer cadets for leadership careers of effective service in the Canadian Forces – the Royal Canadian Air Force, the Royal Canadian Navy, and the Canadian Army,” RMC has dutifully performed its stated function since 1876.
Located at Point Frederick, Kingston, Ontario, the school emphasizes 4 “pillars: of education: military leadership, athletics, academics, and linguistics (French and English). A fully accredited institution of higher learning, RMC offers 19 undergraduate programs (in the areas of engineering, arts and science), 34 graduate programs, and 14 doctorate programs.
The school has several different education tracts available to students, depending on their particular commitment (or lack thereof) to serving in the Canadian armed forces. The Regular Officer Training Program caters to those students who will be obligated to five years of service upon completion of their education (the program is actually considered a scholarship).
These students have their expenses fully paid by the Canadian government, and receive a stipend each month to cover additional expenses.
Other programs within the school allow students to attend without having an obligation for military service (requiring them to pay their own expenses). Eligibility for admittance into the school requires a potential cadet to meet the set criteria for the undergraduate programs of the school, as well those conditions set for officers of the Canadian armed forces.
In regards to cadet life on campus, the RMC functions in a similar manner to American military academies. Students, referred to as cadets, form the school’s cadet wing. The cadet wing is then broken down into smaller squadron and flight formations. The cadets have a rank hierarchy that is adhered to, as well as the responsibility of administering the day-to-day activities of the wing (i.e. discipline, duty details, etc.).
A strict code of military bearing and discipline is expected, and enforced. Cadets are required to participate not only in the rigorous academic offerings of the RMC, but to master the different phases of military and leadership training as well.
During their first year, cadets are subjected to intense indoctrination. Cadets are required to march everywhere they go, maintain incredibly high dress standards, and participate in rigorous physical training.
In addition, cadets are not allowed to leave the campus OR receive visitors during their first year. Upon successful completion of the first academic year, cadets continue their training, though under slightly less intense pressure.
Additionally, cadets will begin to assume leadership roles within the cadet wing to better prepare them for a career of leadership and service within the armed forces.
With a rich tradition that spans 135 years, the Royal Military College of Canada has provided the Canadian armed forces with the leaders that have enabled its military to serve with distinction around the globe, in times of war and national need.
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