Top 10 International Military Schools


3.  Australian Defense Force Academy


Our brothers-in-arms from down under have a military tradition of distinguished service that dates back to its colonial period, when under British rule.  With traditions and styles that hearken to its British roots, the Australian military has stood as the wall of defense for this island/continent nation since its inception.  When one considers the geographic importance of the Australian continent, one can begin to conceive the necessity of not only a strong military component, but an effective and competent one as well.  Indeed, while the Australian armed forces have never been large, they have nevertheless been able to perform at levels that belie their size.  Certainly, this fact says quite a bit about the quality of leadership within the Australian armed forces.

With the demand for quality, came the need for quality instruction.  Unfortunately, Australia was rather slow in doing anything about this despite how, immediately after World War II, the service components recognized a need for improved educational opportunities for its officers.  It would take almost 40 years for this need to bear fruition, but it finally did and the Australian Defense Force Academy (ADFA) opened its doors in 1986.  The stated purpose of the ADFA is to “to serve Australia by providing the Australian Defense Force (ADF) with tertiary graduates who have the foundational attributes, intellect and skills required of an officer.”

The ADFA is located in Canberra, Australia, and has an interesting partnership with the University of New South Wales (which also has a Canberra campus located on the ADFA grounds).  While the ADFA concentrates on providing the military oriented training to cadets, the University of New South Wales (UNSW) provides the tertiary education.  The civilian school is also the body that actually awards the earned degrees.  Cadets and midshipmen are able to earn Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Engineering and Bachelor of Technology degrees.  The ADFA, for its part, is a tri-service institution, meaning that it serves all three branches of the Australian military, instead of each service component having its own dedicated academy.

As one would expect, entrance into the ADFA is competitive with most students being in the upper echelon of academic prowess in Australia. Cadets (Army and Air Force) and midshipmen (Navy) at ADFA experience a military-styled education, much like those found at any other military academy.  There is a regimented day filled with classes, training, and formations.  Students wear uniforms and conform to a rank structure, in which their fellow cadets and midshipmen serve in leadership roles.  Students are encouraged (“strongly”, according to the literature) to participate in sporting activities, but this is not required.  Further, students are allowed to leave campus on the weekends and holidays.  Also, cadets and midshipmen live in single person rooms!

In short, the ADFA provides Australia with a continuing pool of effective leaders that will carry the Australian military into the new millennium and beyond.

2.  Egyptian Military Academy


Some thought went into the selection of a military academy from the African continent.  Ultimately, with Egypt dominating the headlines in recent months, and the fact that its military plays a major role in the affairs of the nation, I decided the Egyptian Military Academy (EMA) merited a spot on our list. The EMA is viewed as the most prestigious (and certainly the oldest) educational institution of its kind, in North Africa and the Middle East.

Currently located in Cairo, Egypt; the EMA was established in 1811.  The stated purpose of EMA is as follows:

“Preparing and qualifying combatant officers capable of leading their sub-units during war and peace times under different psychological and physical circumstances and with different standards of morale, in addition to maintaining the highest level of combat capability of their units, with a scientific and cultural background that enables them to cope with the rapid development of military sciences.”

It’s interesting to note that, up until 1936, admission to EMA was reserved for the Egyptian social elite.  This policy changed, however, and potential students from lower and middle class families have been allowed to attend the school since.  Graduates of EMA are commissioned as officers primarily in the Egyptian army; however the school also provides officers for other branch components of the Egyptian armed forces.  And yes, women are accepted as cadets at EMA.

There is, for whatever reason, a general misconception that many institutions of higher learning in so-called third world environments are sub-standard in comparison to their western counterparts.  Nothing could be further from the truth, as students at EMA are exposed to a quality educational standard that is comparable to any university-level institution found around world. The military in Egypt tends to play a major role in the political leadership makeup of the nation, in addition to its traditional military responsibilities.  As such, there is the recognized need for highly educated officers.  EMA awards a Bachelor’s Degree in military science on its successful graduates.  The course of study covers the spectrum of basic military subjects to computer science.

As for military training, EMA exposes its cadets to a wide range of military oriented training that is geared to prepare them for the rigors of combat.  This includes strategic planning, parachute training, and more.  Students are considered cadets while in school, and conform to a military hierarchy that is similar to other military-oriented institutions.

It should be noted that a military career is a very viable means for individuals who come from low-to-medium income/social status families to attain positions of power and influence in Egypt.  Late president Anwar Sadat, a graduate of EMA, is a perfect example.  His background was very modest yet, as a result of his training at EMA (and a fair amount of political intrigue to be sure), he was able to rise to the highest office in Egypt.  The Egyptian Military Academy continues to provide Egypt with a cadre of highly educated and professional officers.

1.  Commando Training Centre (Britain)


It’s impossible to do a list of this nature and not include the British.  Without question, Great Britain has a long and distinguished military tradition that expands centuries.  In addition, many of the military traditions and styles that many nations around the world employ, have an origin that can be traced back to British military customs.  With a purpose of instilling honor and professional military leadership, the British service academies produce some of the highest quality military officers in the world.

Each branch component of the British armed forces maintains an academy to train officers: the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (Royal Army), the Commando Training Centre (Royal Marines), the Britannia Royal Naval College, and the Royal Air Force College in Cranwell. While all of these academies certainly perform their stated missions in an admirable fashion, this spot on the list will concentrate on the prestigious, and hardcore, Commando Training Centre.

I’ve said it before, and I will state it again – Marines are Marines, regardless of the color of their flag.  By this, I mean that there is a special spirit of determination, honor and duty that comes with being a Marine that is difficult to quantify, or even articulate.  Nevertheless, Marines the world over count themselves as among the elite forces that bear arms.  Such is the case with the British Royal Marines (commonly referred to as Commandos), and the men that lead them.

The Commando Training Center Royal Marines (CTCRM), located at Lympstone, Great Britain, is responsible for the selection and training of both enlisted and officer candidates seeking entry into the Corps of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines.  The modern institution was established in 1939, though the Royal Marines themselves trace their origins back as far 1664. Getting to this point, however, is not assured, as potential candidates must first successfully complete either the grueling Potential Royal Marine Course (for enlisted), or the Potential Officers Course. This initial screening insures that candidates are physically and mentally undergo commando training.

Upon successful selection to attend CTCRM, both officers and enlisted recruits are subjected to the longest infantry training regime among all the member nations of NATO – an incredible 32 weeks for enlisted, and 15 months for officers.  Suffice to say, students are subjected to every facet of infantry training that can be expected of a commando.  Candidates who attend CTCRM will not receive any degrees. Instead, upon graduation they will receive the coveted green beret (and a commission for officer candidates), and be counted among the brotherhood of Marines.

Life at the CTCRM is hard.  Students are subjected to an incredibly regimented, and physically demanding, course of training. The stress and expectation is maintained at a high tempo (almost boot camp style), and students must maintain high military standards and bearing at all times.  Students reside in open barracks, with little free time during their stay at CTCRM.  In addition to all of this, officer candidates will be exposed to a multitude of leadership courses, and learn the fine points of being a Royal Marine Officer.

Without a doubt, British Royal Marines are among the most highly trained and motivated fighting men to be found – anywhere.  It is with due respect that I note that, while U.S. Marines wear the Eagle, Globe and Anchor insignia that displays the western hemisphere, the Royal Marine’s Lion, Globe and Anchor bears the visage of the eastern hemisphere. Once a Marine, Always a Marine. Oorah!

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    • You have not listed so many real warrior/leader raising institutions for centuries therefore, there is no need to make comment….it shows that Canada (United Kingdom) Australia(United Kingdom), western and one or two unrated new military schools were shown…so, good for you……Anybody who thinks Western schools and US /.UK influenced schools are superior has a huge problem…..

    • Watch videos on YouTube Indian soldier have no food to eat so how they are talking?
      Why not Pakistani Military Academy Pakistan is the only country in the world who is won the war against terror Pakistan finished 99% terrorism in Pakistan

  1. Better list than the previous list indeed. Was just wondering that how come no military academies from Army giants like China, India and Russia?

    • they aren’t included because their military theory is as such:

      1. Conscript huge army of illiterate peasants.
      2. Give half of them (the ones in front) weapons and let the other half (the ones in back) carry ammo. They guys in back are expected to pick up weapons from the dead guys in front.
      3. Charge towards objective, overwhelm the enemy with millions of bodies.

      With this line of thought, it only takes about 20 minutes to train an officer from the former USSR or China. 15 of those minutes are spent pinning lieutenant’s bars on new officers.

      • @ Marc. You know your answer is very very offending and mean. I don’t know which country you come from but from your remarks it seems that people like you are the reason that others hate you and your country (you make even the good people in your country seem evil). Douche bags like you should not be visiting this site. You are just making a mockery of the people who have laid their lives for their country. Would it feel nice if someone goes and pisses on the graves of the army heroes of your country.
        TopTenz Master – Please if you respect the international crowd which visits your website please ban people like Marc.

        • I bet I have read more books about Warsaw Pact doctrine than you ever knew existed, including a few written by the Soviet Army. My quick and dirty summary of Pact doctrine really does sum up how their tactics and strategy worked. Giant conscript army, arm every man with every weapon you have and send them all toward their objective. How do you think Stalin and his generals defeated the Germans? With brilliant maneuver and high tech weapons? No, they did it with the T34, the Moisin-Nagant, lots of artillery and endless waves of bodies. The T34 was a good, simple tank. Their rifles were simple and robust. Their artillery was plentiful and their armies were enormous. They also had the weather on their side.
          The Chinese army has only recently made a serious attempt to modernize and become a tactically and technically proficient force. Until the late 90’s, they still used copies of Soviet equipment and copies of Soviet tactics. The only thing they have going for them in a war with say, the USA or Russia, right now is a population in the billions.
          Did I make any disparaging remarks about the UK, France, Germany, India, or any of the other countries on this list? No, and I’ll tell you why. They are small countries who have to make up for a lack of manpower with serious military theory. They cannot afford to throw 200,000 men at a single objective. They MUST make use of every tactical trick and technical advantage in their power. They have developed complicated schemes of maneuver to defeat armies like the Warsaw Pact or China. They have world class military schools because they need them.
          The reason Americans hate your country is because you demand censorship the second someone pisses on your feet. I’m a veteran, I’ll say what I damn well please.

        • @ Marc….First of all Americans don’t hate my country. I’m Indian. If you read my first comment I wrote about three countries. India, China and Russia. It was a relevant question I had asked. You ended up giving a very self centric and rude answer. You claim to be a veteran and let me tell you my father has been in the Indian army for 25 years. Indians along with the Gurkhas have fought in world war 1 and 2 supporting the British alliance. Many have lost their lives. So when you wrote those remarks it was indeed offending as anyone who can read would say that your remarks were not coming out of a veteran. A soldier no matter from which ever country would respect other soldier. And India isn’t a small country as you wrote comparing it to UK, France and Germany.
          Please stop assuming things and get rid of your superiority complex.

        • @ Amarendra

          Why are you wasting your time on an ignorant, prejudiced so called veteran who probably does not know that the US Army and Navy conduct joint exercises with the Indian Armed forces. Furthermore why should we ask the Americans for recognition. Our Indian Army officers and men, notably the Sikh, Rajput and Gurkha regiments have won laurels in the 1st and 2nd world wars, fighting and putting up a brave resistance even to the Japanese.

        • I am sorry to say so that Marc is right.

          The question is ” which country has strongest training facilities?” there are patriotic soldiers in many country and many of them has laid down their lives. The fact that millions of Chinese and Russians died in 2nd World war proves the fact that they r patriotic, but it does not prove that they have good training facilities. Its also true that a peasant soldier from russia is no match to a middle class soldier of germany, england, france or usa.

          Marc has not said anything against Indian Army. So, there is no reason for us to get offended.

          India’s officer Training College is very good. India shd have been included. However, one thing I will say here, that, the common soldiers of Indian army are semi literate farmers. Make 5 indian soldiers (not officers) stand side by side with 5 European soldiers, and u will see the difference.

          However, our officers are quite smart…. this is result of 2 Indias… the well educated, sophisticated and the other, peasant and semi literate. Whatever, I think India should have been included instead of Egypt because Egyptian officers sometimes train in India. I am not insulting the common Indians killed in battle, I am only saying that the average Indian common soldier can only function if spoon feeded by the officers.

        • Very good list, i like the fact that you properly reserched all of these places in detail. Also i am glad to see Austraila In a top ten list for once.

      • You are kidding right? Or you must be very young person with very limited information about the world and other nations military schools.

    • Lee Standberry on

      @Amrendra – i actually considered China and Russia institutions (like Frunze), but the manner in which their formats were structured, I didn’t feel they fit well with the criteria i generally used for this list. I didn’t look at India – my apologies for the oversight.

        • India’s primary military academy is the The National Defense Academy, after which the cadets are sent to Indian Military Academy, Naval Academy and Air Force Academy according to their choice.

        • India may be using mostly Soviet weaponry, but our military doctrine is based mainly on the British Army.. and we all know how professional they are.. The Indian Army has always been a volunteer force, even when the Brits were ruling over us, it was still voluntary.. That’s how professional our soldiers are..

      • Edward Anderson on

        The title is pretty misleading as the Academies that I looked at that were on this list were NOT “open” to foreign private students, at least Germany’s wasn’t, and the one German Academy that did accept foreign students had to be in a foreign military already. You had to have permanent resident status to qualify to get into Canada’s & Australia’s Academy, which meant living there pretty much full time. Sandhurst in England only took in English soldiers for Officer Training, so I didn’t even bother to check out their Commando Academy. It is apparent that the US is the only country to allow private people into their Acadmies. I would hope that the next “list” of military academies that someone would put together would list the ones that a private person could attend without having to actually join a military. The discipline, training, and military knowledge would be a great asset to a young person. My opinion is that Germany produces the greatest military officers, training & tatics, but they are closed to non-citizens.

  2. Annette Walker on

    Hi. I need to speak to someone regarding this article, I cannot find an email or contact information. Please let me know how to contact offline.

  3. Nishnat Biswas on

    I am surprised at the inclusion of Egypt in the list. Some militarily weak countries have been included eg. canada, belgium and australia.

    However it can be that in many cases these countries dont need to have a large and strong army. No European country will attack Belgium and if a Non European dares to do so, all European countries will beat up the aggressor. However these “weak” countries may have a very strong training institute. So, their inclusion can be justified.

    EGYPT is an exception. Its army was destroyed by Israel within 6 days. And this country is included in No 2. Egypt’s army and training are weak. In no ways can it make entry in the first 50.

    This is the only country whose inclusion is doubtful. The rest is OK.

    Just to add, India and Israel also has very good training facilities. In fact many Egyptian and Arabian officers come to India for training.

    • Egypt is not weak as you think Sir … and not it is true that many of our officers are trainning in India ..we have the great military institutes and you must know that Israel did not destroy the Egyptian army in 6 days as you think, but the Egyptian leadership was weak.. for this the army didnot  fight in 1967 and see to 1973 after only 6 years of defeating Egyptian army and destroying it at the hands of Israel this army has proved to be a great army by destroying Israel lines Defense in just 6 hours .. but without entering of the U.S. leadership and the foreign minister at that time Henry Kissinger Israel was becoming a remembrance …Sorry sir, but it is  the truth

    • Hey dude …. what a hell u r talking about …. If the Egyptian army has defeated in six days from Israeli army , the same army not only defeated the Israeli army within six hours but also the Israeli prime minister Golda Maeir declared that Israel is on the verge of disappearing and send a famouse messege to USA said that ” SAVE ISRAEL ” …. hey dude what’s your openion now …. And as whole the eEgyptian military academy established in 1811 that means that the EMA is older than Israel itself ……dude do you heared about Nasser Academy there are cadets from aboute 80 nationality all over the world have studied in it from Greece, Turky ,India, Pakistan , Nethierland, Germany, Italy etc …. rather than the African , Asian and Arabian countries …….. all these countries have trusted in the Egyptian Military Academy and you after that simpley claiming the weakness of Egyptian Academy ….. the different armies came to egypt every two years in bright star exercise to learn from egyptian army HOW TO FIGHT IN DESERT …. Finally Egyptian army is stronger than Israeli army and higher rank than it .

  4. “Ah, the French. Well, a lot can be said about the French military, not all of it good…”

    What a stupid comment, not only can the same be said on every military ever, but France has the best military record in Europe.

    “whatever one’s particular opinion about the French military”

    Again, what a stupid comment. The problem is that in the English-speaking world the opinion on the French military is based on nothing but ignorance and/or centuries of anti-French propaganda, not facts.
    The stereotypes of weakness and cowardice that are nowadays associated with the French army in the English-speaking world are inexistant in the rest of the world.

  5. Djoutsa Tabakem Robenson on

    I am 23 years old and it will be a plasure to me studying in the ARMY UNIVERCITY of GERMANY , i am an Advance level holder and want to save with ornor and fiderlity the entire country of Germany .please ich warte ihre antwort dank .
    viele gruze Djoutsa.

  6. I love that the entire first group of commenters piss and moan about America not being listed. The list says in the title ‘International’ AND there is an entire list devoted to top 10 American Academies which also says American in the title. Speaking about the past, its been a long time since America has led the race in education and it shows right here.

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