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The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS) was formed in 1947. The primary purpose of the establishment was the training of Officer Cadets to become regular commissioned officers in the British Army. RMAS was successor to and the amalgamation of two earlier establishments, the Royal Military Academy Woolwich (RMA) and the Royal Military College Sandhurst (RMC) The title of the new academy honouring its history.

In the following decades all Army Officer education and training became solely based the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, with the transfer of the Mons Officer Training school for Short Service Commission Officers from Aldershot in 1972. In October 1981 the Woman’s Royal Army Corps College, Camberley was incorporated as the fourth college of RMAS. After a period of transition, in September 1984, WRAC Course 6 became the first to be fully resident and trained at RMAS

The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst has built a national and international reputation for the delivery of world class leadership. It is the spiritual home of the British Army Officer and strengthens our nations' international bonds through a sense of belonging and esprit de corps with the thousands of overseas officers who have also trained here.

Since 1992, all those being commissioned into the Regular Army - regardless of age, educational background, or military experience – have undergone a regular commissioning course that lasts 44 weeks split over 3 terms.

Army Reserve Officers complete a modular eight-week course alongside regular Professionally Qualified Officers (doctors, nurses, dentists, padres, lawyers and veterinary surgeons) with reservist Professionally Qualified Officers only being required to complete the last 4 weeks of the 8 week course.

While Army Officer Selection Boards (AOSB) for the Regular Army Commissioning Course continue to be held at Leighton House, Westbury; since 2021 AOSB for Late Entry Officers have been held at Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.

Comprising of the iconic buildings of Old College (Designed by John Sanders and built c. 1808) New College (Designed by Harry Bell Measures c. 1908) and Victory College (Designed by Gollins, Melvin, Ward & Partners c. 1970) The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst is set in a 600-acre estate that straddles the Surrey/Berkshire border. This border being demarked by The Wish Stream, a feature etched in the memory of tall who pass through RMAS.

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This stunning military history book explores the Academy's rich heritage and daily life providing a window into this timeless institution

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