The number of the Greek students to be admitted to the Hellenic Navy’s Petty Οfficers’ Academy is determined by the Ministry of Defence on an annual basis and is proportional to the needs of the Hellenic Navy. Male and female candidates have to have graduated from Secondary Education Institutions (Senior High School). Their age and prerequisite physical and mental qualities, as well as the supporting documents that are required, are determined in the encyclical “Call for Competition for the Selection of students in Higher Educational Military Institutions and in Higher Military Academies for Petty Officers”, which is issued every year (around March).
- The candidates’ admission process to the Academy is in accordance with the candidates’ admission processes to the Higher and the Highest Faculties of the State, after they have participated in the Admission Exams to the Greek State Tertiary Education Institutions and after the minimum admission grade for entering the Academy has been determined.
- In addition, the candidates must successfully undergo a series of Preliminary tests such as Medical exams, Psychometric and Athletic tests, so as to be accepted in the Academy.
- After their selection and their enlistment, these recently-enlisted students are subjected to the Basic Training which lasts for about 30 days. After the successful completion of the Basic Training, they take an oath as Cadet Petty Officers.
- During the recently enlisted students’ Basic Training and before their oath-taking, the Council for the Attribution of Specialties is assembled. This Council proceeds to the attribution of specialties to the recently enlisted students. Both students’ preferences, as submitted in the application for their admission to the Academy, and their order of admission to the Academy, are taken into consideration in order for the Council to assign specialties to them. The available specialties and the number of Cadet Petty Οfficers per specialty are determined by the Hellenic Navy General Staff in accordance with the existing needs of the Hellenic Navy.
Greek-Cypriot Students – Foreign Students
Greek – Cypriot students and Foreign students from various countries are allowed to study in the Hellenic Navy’s Petty Οfficers’ Academy as long as a scholarship has been provided to them. The number of these students is determined on the basis of bi-national agreements.
The Greek – Cypriot and Foreign students’ required supporting documents and the criteria for their acceptance are specified in the relevant international Agreements and Circulars. They can be found in the corresponding Greek and Foreign embassies and typically are the following:
- Birth Certificate
- Certificate of Studies
- Health Certificate
- Official Governmental Certification from Cyprus or the Non – Greek – Cypriot foreign students’ country of origin that they have been selected for the particular Military Academy and for the particular specialty.
Before entering the Academy, Foreign students who are not Greek – Cypriot attend courses of Greek for one year in order to learn the Greek Language. After they enter the Hellenic Navy’s Petty Οfficers’ Academy, they follow its daily schedule as far as academic education, military and naval training are concerned. During the academic hours scheduled for foreign-language teaching, foreign students who are not Greek – Cypriot are taught the Greek language.
The Hellenic Navy’s Petty Οfficers’ Academy communicates on a regular basis with the embassies and representatives of the Greek – Cypriot and Foreign students’ countries of origin and informs them on these students’ progress and performance.
After their graduation, Greek – Cypriot and Foreign Petty Officers may return to their countries of origin and become members of the Navy of these countries. They may also stay for a particular time period in Greece and continue their practical training as Petty Officers within Greek Warships, after a relevant international agreement has been reached.
The scholarship provided to the Greek – Cypriot and Foreign Cadet Petty Officers includes accommodation and full-board nutrition within the Academy, as well as sewing of uniforms and of other kinds of clothing. It also covers all teaching and education expenses.