The beginning is, as always, very hard. The first month, for the student of the Academy of armed forces, means to complete the basic training of cadets. Since the first morning, the following of the daily routine and acquiring of elementary military skills, is thoroughly minded. It is natural for all first-grade cadets to find it hard to fulfill all the demands bestowed upon them, but by gradually getting used to the environment and military discipline, every cadet learns it by the end of the first school year.
The fulfilling of the objectives of basic cadet training is achieved by organizing and daily routine, so that cadets can get as much methodical advice, for acquiring the habits necessary for accomplishing the difficult tasks of the cadet military programme, as possible. Cadets are trained to proudly fulfill their duties and to correctly understand the primary values of the armed forces, their rights and obligations, related to the defence of their homeland.
The basic training of cadets takes place in specialized classrooms, garrison training grounds and the garisson firing range during workdays for 10 training lessons a day. A training lesson is 45 minutes long. The breaks between training lessons take 15 minutes. The basic individual training ends with a basic firing excersise with the assault rifle and a complex two-day excersise.
The absolute highlight of the basic training, for each cadet, is the ceremonial cadet pledge at the monument dedicated to the soldiers, who fell during World War II, located in Háj near Liptovský Mikuláš.
After completing the basic training a cadet has to: manage:
to perform soldier activities in combat and beyond it, whether working in group or alone
to perform common military duties, necessary to accomplish the tasks in the Armed forces of the Slovak republic, and to develop his professional experience
to endure the physically challenging training and to develop his skills
to develop his psychical resistance to overcome the obstacles emerged from the life and service in the armed forces during both peace and war
be familiar with:
the basic standards, rules, instructions and laws applied in the Armed forces of the Slovak republic
the manipulation with his personal weapon, the combat appliance and caretaking of his personal weapon and the usage of hand grenades
the individual combat gear and its timely and correct appliance
the ways of providing first aid for those who were wounded in battle and for himself
himself, with his abilities and his limits
the effects of common hand weapons and grenades
the ways of taking advantage of the terrain and the effects of chemical and nuclear weapons
The cadet military programme
The cadet military programme (CMP) links to the basic training, every cadet has to go through after joining the Academy of armed forces. The CMP represents a relatively independent, systematic and purposefully organized process of preparing new officers for a military career.
In the terms of importance, the CMP is a key factor when it comes to forming the military spirit and obtaining important military habits and skills.
The CMP consists of fulfilling the military duties during the daily cadet routine (roll-calls, rosters, inspections), training sessions, block, field and specialist excerises (military practice). Winter and summer physical education sessions are a part of the CMP. The military programme is organized by the commander of the school forces.
The main task of the military programme is to prepare the cadets for commanding, controlling and training of personnel on a theoreticall and practicall level. The forming of personality features, necessary for officers, like honesty, trustworthiness, responsibility and selflessness, with the development of critical thinking and clear judgement, leads to establishing a personal integrity, which allows to prepare the cadets for the successful completing of the Initial specialist officers course.