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The Egyptian Military Academy (Arabic: الكلية الحربية‎) is the oldest and most prominent military academy in Egypt and Africa. Traditionally, graduates of the Military Academy are commissioned as officers in the Egyptian Army. However, they may serve in other branches and commands of the Egyptian military establishment.

Egyptian Military Academy
الكلية الحربية
TypeFederal military academy
Established1811 – present
DirectorStaff Major General: Ashraf Faris

The Military Academy contains branches, which provide additional training and skills. It also features a prolonged study system so as to graduate more elite officers to serve in the 1st Army and Special forces, such as the Branch of Military Arts and Thunderbolt School.

The Academy's current Director is Major General Gamal Abo Ismail.



The founding of the Military Camp in Egypt dates back to the year 1811, when the first Military Camp was set up in the citadel area of Cairo, Egypt's capital. In 1820, the Military camp moved to Aswan, and in 1908, it was relocated to the Abbassia Military Barracks in the El-Koba Bridge area. Later the camp expanded and Military School was established in the camp in 1909.

Originally admission in the school was reserved for members of the Egyptian upper class, the Academy changed its rules for admission in 1936 to allow the sons of lower and middle-class families to enter.[1][2]

In March 1938, the Military School's name changed to become the Military Academy. After the Egyptian Revolution of 1952, the Military Academy's present site was established and inaugurated by the late Egyptian President Gamal Abd El-Nasser on March 3, 1955.

Degrees and syllabusEdit

The Military Academy awards two types of degrees:

  • Bachelor's degree in Military Sciences
  • Military Studies Completion Certificate (for University graduates who choose a career in the Egyptian Armed Forces upon graduation)

The institution also offers additional courses:

Notable alumniEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Keegan, p.162.
  2. ^ Cleveland, p.304.
  3. ^ "Mnangagwa: Zimbabwe's President-in-waiting". NewsDay Zimbabwe. 2017-11-22. Retrieved 2018-07-11.

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