Next year Princess Leonor will face a strict daily routine in the General Military Academy of Zaragoza where discipline and hierarchy are part of the day to day. Shared rooms, internal regime, live fire exercises and demanding physical tests are some of the things that the eldest daughter of the Kings will experience from next August.
«The daily life of the cadet is marked by the exactitude in all the acts and the observance of the rules of discipline, hierarchy and unityThese characteristics are essential to achieve the maximum effectiveness of the Armed Forces”. This is how the academy for officers of the Army is presented, which will have Princess Leonor among her students next year. As the government announced this week, Leonor will begin her military training in August with a first year in Zaragoza, divided between the first and second year, which will be followed by another two years in the Navy and Air Force schools.
The rules for new students they are summarized in a series of “military virtues” summarized in the “Cadet Decalogue”, which brings together what are considered fundamental rules for future members of the Armed Forces. Upon her arrival at the Academy, Leonor, along with the rest of her classmates, will be enrolled in the I Cadet Battalion and she will meet the military commanders who will be in charge of her instruction. She then begins a module for adaptation to military life and the students are housed in cabins with capacity for two, four or up to twelve people; they go through the hairdresser, they are given their basic military equipment and they begin with their first sessions of closed order.
the regime What the Zaragoza Military Academy follows is a boarding school, with a program of exercises and classes from Monday to Friday with weekends off if the cadets are not on maneuvers or under arrest.
However, despite the harshness of the conditions, the students of the educational centers of the Armed Forces have the right to a monthly salary which is around 400 euros during the first two courses and 600 from the third; although in the case of the princess, the Palacio de la Zarzuela has specified that it will renounce her.
Despite the fact that the first-born of the kings will join as one more student, she will have a special plan adapted by the Government and the House of the King where the princess will obtain a specific instruction “as a combatant” and will carry out practices in the command of small units.
For this, Leonor will have to join activities as diverse as marches, topographical tours, shooting exercises or live fire exercises; all in both day and night environment, and with the weather conditions that exist at that time.
In this sense, physical preparation It is considered one of the fundamental aspects of military training, with the aim of “creating sports habits in students and introducing them to different military sports”, such as orienteering, shooting patrols or military pentathlon.