The Officer Education contains branch-specific basic officers’ training programmes. It aims to develop the best commanders and leaders for either the Danish Army, Navy or Air Force.
The Officer Education contains three elements – basic military training, academic military diploma modules (60 ETCS) and service specific courses. The Officer Education offers specialisation according to Army, Navy and Air Force needs. However, there are two diploma modules that are common for all three branches:
- Military Operations (branch-specific under the core competency of operations) 10 ECTS
- The Role of the Defence/Armed Forces in Society (military political science under the core competency of strategy) 5 ECTS
Fig. Principles in the Officer Education
There are two ways to enrol into the Officer Education: an external for those who hold a bachelor’s degree from a university or university college, and an internal for those who have already served in the armed forces as non-commissioned officers and hold a academy profession degree.
As far as the internal route is concerned, it is not only an option for non-commissioned officers, who may want to become officers. It is also a way into the diploma for young people who do not wish to take a bachelor’s or professional bachelor’s degree, but who would like it as an option during their time as non-commissioned officers. A focused career along this path would take about one year longer than the bachelor’s route.
The length of the programmes varies according to the three branches. Some programmes are shorter, others longer depending on the students’ qualifications.
Non-commissioned officers with academy profession qualifications will, for example, not have to complete the preparatory military training programme, and students with a shipmaster’s certificate will complete a shorter preparatory officers’ programme in the Navy’s tactical strand than those recruited from the cadre.
The Military Diploma has been accredited and is the equivalent of one year of full-time study.
In order to provide both branch and service specific content, The Officer Education offers nine programmes, as seen below:
The Army Officer Education
The Danish Army is involved in international peace-making and peacekeeping missions where soldiers, sergeants and their officers participate in land based military operations.
The Army Officer Education trains the cadets in tactics, leadership and management. The cadets obtain insight into modern management principles, consistently trying them out in various operational situations. Additionally, the programme contains subjects such as political science, with a particular focus on national and international security and defence policy.
The Naval Officer Education
The Navy participates in missions all over the world - from the Horn of Africa to Greenland. The Naval Officer Education provides the cadets with a thorough training in maritime operations, management and governance in a naval context and they obtain insight into modern management principles, consistently trying them out in various operational situations.
The programme contains subjects such as political science, with a particular focus on security and defence policy.
The Naval Officer Education has three service specific programmes: Operations, Engineering, Weapons and Electronics.
The Air Force Officer Education
The Air Force Officer Education trains the cadets in military command and control, in order to be prepared for the military air operations he or she has to lead as an officer. The programme includes subjects such as political science, with a particular focus on security and defence policy and modern management principles in theory and practice.
The Air Force Officer Education has four service specific programmes: Air Battle Management, Logistics, Ground Support and Force Protection and Pilot.
The pilot programmes vary in time depending on the type of aircraft. The pilots study partake the diploma modules as their operational service allows, but they must be completed all modules within two years.
Last updated 2015-12-21 - 11:40