History

Brief historical overview

Shortly after Belgium's independence (1830), King Leopold I, having served as an officer in the Russian army against Napoleon, becomes aware of the need for a professional officer corps. At that point in time, tensions still exist between Belgium and the Netherlands. Indeed, although an armistice is in place, no peace treaty has been signed yet and there is a dire need for well trained officers. As King Leopold I greatly admires the French 'École Polytechnique', it does not come as a surprise when, in 1834, lieutenant-colonel Jean-Jacques Edouard Chapelié, a former student of this École, is charged with establishing a school aimed at training Belgian officers. He becomes the first commander of the Military Academy of Belgium.

Initially, the cadets attend courses at different locations in the centre of Brussels. The school's staff is installed in a large mansion at the rue de Namur. In 1874, the school moves to the former abbey of La Cambre. It moves again in 1909 to its present location at the avenue de la Renaissance. From 1994 to 2010, its infrastructure is completely renovated, while also accomodating its historical heritage.

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Research Engineer/Scientist (M/F) for the Royal Military Academy, Department of Mathematics, project DAP 18-04 (Extended Reality)

In the framework of a research project of the Belgian Defence with title: “Development and Integration of Military Extended Reality Systems for Belgian Defence Operations”, we are looking for a full-time research scientist/engineer with a master's degree in Applied Sciences / (Industrial) Engineering. Candidates looking for a doctoral position are encouraged to apply as well.

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Researcher with a Master degree and strong methodological and statistical skills (M/F) Patrimony of the Royal Military Academy Department Behavioral Sciences (SCGW) Project HFM20-02

In the framework of a research project funded by the Royal Higher Institute for Defence, the Department of Behavioural Sciences (SCGW – Royal Military Academy) in collaboration with the Neuropsychology and Functional Neuroimaging Research Group (UR2NF – Université Libre de Bruxelles), invites applications for a researcher with a Master degree. The position can lead to a PhD degree.

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Researcher Cyber Defense (M/F) Patrimony of the RMA - Department CISS - Project DAP20-07

The Patrimony of the Royal Military Academy is looking for a full-time researcher in Cyber Defense with Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in computer science or equivalent. You will work in the field of information systems and network security. Your main task will be to participate in the development of a “social dr iven vulnerability assessment tool”

Our museum

The Royal Military Academy museum was officially inaugurated on 23 September 2011. The museum is open to interested visitors both inside and outside our Defence. The curator is Mr. Marc Beyaert.

The Defence College

The Defence College is responsible for the whole of the advanced officer training within the Department of Defence.

1834 Staff officers are trained at the Military Academy upon completing their general training. 1991 The IRSD moves to the former Cadets School in the Saint Anne barracks in Laeken, completely renovated for that purpose.       
1869 (12 november) By Royal Decree, the War College is established as an independant institution. However, it remains linked to the Military Academy for administrative purposes. 1998 Following the abolishment of the School for Military Administrators, the IRSD is entrusted also with the training of officers as military administrators.
1872 The War College, now an independant institution, is placed directly under the supervision of the Minister of War. 2006

As the Laeken site is abandoned, the IRSD is disbanded as a training institution and the advanced officer training is now entrusted to the Royal Military Academy (Directorate for Advanced Training).

IRSD's new mission is now orientated towards security and defence policy, as well as scientific and techological research. It also organises high-level courses within the Department of Defence.

1923 (13 july) By royal decree, the War College's status as an autonomous training institute is confirmed, under the supervision of the Minister of National Defence. The Corps of Staff Officers is abolished and its members are absorbed into their branch with the title of Breveté d'Etat-Major. 2009 The Directorate for Advanced Training of the Royal Military Academy is renamed to Defence College. At the same time, the Operations Department of the latter is transferred from the Directorate of Academic Studies to the Defence College.
1978 The War College is transformed into an institution entrusted with the advanced training of officers at various points in their career. Its name is changed to "Institut royal supérieur de Défense" (IRSD).