Hellenic Military Academy
The Evelpidon Military Academy is the oldest tertiary level educational institution in Greece
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. It was founded in 1828 in Nafplio by Ioannis Kapodistrias
Ioannis Kapodistrias
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, the first Governor of the modern Greek State.

The institution was created to provide officers for all the Arms of the Hellenic Army
Hellenic Army
The Hellenic Army , formed in 1828, is the land force of Greece.The motto of the Hellenic Army is , "Freedom Stems from Valor", from Thucydides's History of the Peloponnesian War...

 (Infantry, Armor, Artillery, Signals, Engineering, and Army Aviation), as well as some of the Corps (the Technical Corps, the Transportation & Supply Corps, and the Ordnance Corps). By contrast, officers in the Legal Corps, the Medical Corps, the Finance Corps, and the Auditing Corps are graduates of the Corps Officers Military Academy (Στρατιωτική Σχολή Αξιωματικών Σωμάτων), with the exception of nurse officers in the Medical Corps, who are graduates of the Nurse Officer Academy (Σχολή Αξιωματικών Νοσηλευτών).

Today, EEA also accepts candidates from foreign countries.


The Hellenic Military Academy was founded in 1828 in Nafplio, the first capital of the modern Greek State. In 1834 the Academy was relocated to the Island of Aegina
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 and, in 1837, to the city of Piraeus
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From 1854 to 1857 it was shortly housed in the mansion of the Duchess of Placentia in central Athens
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 (which currently houses the Byzantine Museum). It was then re-positioned to Kypseli,Athens and in 1994 the Academy was permanently established in Vari, South-East of Athens. The facilities were donated to the Greek State by the national benefactor Georgios Averof.

Throughout its long history, the Hellenic Army Academy has taken part in all national rallies and wars. Its presence surpassed the conventional character of a common Military School. Graduates of the Academy have been not only distinguished Army Officers, but also high level scientists, famous authors and the first civil engineers and professors of Physics
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 and Mathematics
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, until the respective faculties in Greek Universities were founded.

The first Hellenic Navy
Hellenic Navy
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 and Hellenic Air Force
Hellenic Air Force
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 officers of the Balkan Wars
Balkan Wars
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 came from the Academy as well. The Academy is a Highest Education Institution (University) and is overseen by the Hellenic Ministry of National Defence.

Education & training

Academic education includes military and academic courses and covers up to 50% of the curriculum. Military training includes day and night field training. Subjects such as individual training and small infantry echelon exercises are held in co-operation with Corps of the Hellenic Army
Hellenic Army
The Hellenic Army , formed in 1828, is the land force of Greece.The motto of the Hellenic Army is , "Freedom Stems from Valor", from Thucydides's History of the Peloponnesian War...

 and other branches of the Armed Forces. Applied military tactics is a vital part of the overall training of Cadets covering 38% of the curriculum. Physical Training and Gymnastics cover 12% of the overall training and include track events and various sports.

In order to complete its mission, the Hellenic Army Academy trains and educates Cadets by offering education in various arts and sciences with a view to widen their general knowledge, offer them the required military training so that they are able to attend the Special Training Program of the Hellenic Army
Hellenic Army
The Hellenic Army , formed in 1828, is the land force of Greece.The motto of the Hellenic Army is , "Freedom Stems from Valor", from Thucydides's History of the Peloponnesian War...

upon graduation and cultivate and develop military merits and military attitude so that they acquire, to a high level as new Officers, the qualifications and skills necessary for becoming leaders with integrity of character, knowledge and physical as well as mental endurance.

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