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École Militaire

École Militaire
Central École Militaire building
Established 1750
Type Military college
Location Paris, France

The École Militaire (French pronunciation: ​, Military School) is a vast complex of buildings housing various military training facilities located in the 7th arrondissement of Paris, France, southeast of the Champ de Mars.


  • History 1
  • École de guerre 2
  • External links 3
  • References 4


It was founded in 1750, after the Napoleon Bonaparte in 1784. He graduated from this school in only one year instead of two.

It now hosts:

The vast complex formed by the École militaire.

École de guerre

École Militaire from the Place de Fontenoy
St Louis Chapel at the École Militaire

The École de guerre (fr: War School) is a French institution for military higher education. It succeeds the former Collège interarmées de Défense (Joint Service Defense College), itself the result of the merger of the four Écoles supérieures de guerre of the French Army, French Navy, French Air Force and National Gendarmerie, and the Cours supérieur interarmées since 1 September 1993. It is located in the École Militaire, and is subordinated to the Chief of the Defence Staff (France). Teaching is selective, diversified, and focused on joint warfare, international relations, and planning.

The École de guerre teaches junior officers from the three services, the National Gendarmerie, Services (Service de santé des armées or Service des essences des armées), or Délégation générale pour l'Armement. Candidate students are recruited by competitive examination, each promotion featuring nationals of over 70 countries. Once admitted, they are trained to assume staff positions in their armies of origin, in joint staffs, on interallied staffs, or any other position where defence policies are crafted and implemented. Attendance to the school is usually a necessary step for achieving field officers positions.

The École de guerre can be compared to the Joint Services Command and Staff College, UK, and the Command and General Staff College, US.

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