What makes the RMA so special?
The RMA was established in 1834 by a French colonel of the French “Ecole Polytechnique”.
In France a “grande école” is similar to a university. That’s the reason why at the RMA,
the terms “school” and “pupil” are used.
The RMA aims at developing the overall personality of its students by means of a
multidisciplinary and integrated education in the academic, military, physical, character
To be able to graduate, a student at the RMA not only has to meet the academic criteria,
but also the requirements of the military, physical and character training.
As the RMA is a military and in that way a federal educational institution, courses in
the Polytechnics Faculty and in the Faculty of Social and Military Sciences are taught both
in French and Dutch, with the exception of a small number of courses that are taught in
In March of their second year, students have to take a legal language exam, testing
their basic knowledge of the second national language. Passing this exam is a
prerequisite for obtaining one’s commission.
Students at the RMA are prospective officers and per year are divided into
For all his problems , a student can turn to his promotion commander.
The RMA is a boarding institution. Students get wages according to their rank.
Further information concerning degrees and objectives may be found in the
about the degrees and the mission statement of the RMA.