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Opening of the academic year

• Installation of detachments

• Welcome of authorities and troop inspection

• Welcome of the new promotions

• Speech by the Commander RMA

• Promises by the new promotions

• Reception of promotional pennants

• Presentation of the Standard flag to the new promotions

• Ceremony of the King's Sword

• Musical intermezzo

• Défilé and hymns

• Reception at the Academy

The Commander and Rector of the Royal Military Academy officially opens the academic year on the occasion of a big military ceremony at the Parc du Cinquantenaire (in close proximity to the Academy). The highest military authorities participate in this ceremony. Often the Academy is honoured by the presence of members of the Royal family as well as the Minister of Defence. The ceremony gets a great deal of attention. There are generally more than one thousand spectators. It is a tradition that during the ceremony, we bid welcome to the new bachelor promotions of the basic education and to the stagiairs of the Defence college (the promotions of basic education have then just finished their military initiation camp). The Sword of the King is attributed to a student during the ceremony. The ceremony takes place in the evening and lasts for about 90 - 120 minutes. This is the typical layout :

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Place of the ceremony : Parc du Cinquantenaire - Brussels

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11 October 2012, 19.30 Hr