According to a press release by the Hungarian Ministry of Defence, the Hungarian Government intends to establish several military high schools by 2030.
Telex reports that there are currently two military high schools operating in the country. The first such institution was the Károly Kratochvil Military Academy which was founded in Debrecen in 1992. The number of military high schools has increased by the Kálmán Mikecz Military Academy in Nyíregyháza this summer. According to the government, the third military high school will open its gates to students in the next school semester.
Hvg says that students can apply to the cadet vocational and general knowledge training at the Hódmezővásárhely Military High School in the 2022/2023 school year. The institution will provide students with vocational cadet training for automotive mechatronics technician, infocommunication network building and operation technician training, general knowledge military cadet training, and intensive English language classes.
In total, the government aims to establish 10 military high schools by 2030.
The military institutions will operate with a similar system to vocational high schools. Students can apply to the military high schools typically at age 14 when they have finished eighth grade which is considered the end of the primary school education in Hungary.
In order to be accepted to the high school, students are required to take the regular central written and oral examination which takes place after the eighth grade. However, on top of that, they also have to undergo a physical fitness assessment, says Telex.
In the Hódmezővásárhely Military High School, students will be housed in the barracks of the Hungarian Defence Force’s 5th Bocskai István Shooting Brigade unit. The barracks will serve as the dormitory for the students.
According to the Hungarian Ministry of Defence, these institutions will follow the boarding school system and provide students with advanced military education. The students, however, will not receive military training and nor will they be eligible for the military status. It will not be mandatory for them either to advance into any military profession in the future.
Just like in regular vocational schools, the cadets can take graduation tests and apply to any civilian higher education institution they like after their high school studies.
The government’s objective is to introduce the military career to young people and encourage them to become volunteer reserves. If a person has been a volunteer for six months, he will receive 16 extra points when applying to a higher education institution. However, students can gain as many as 64 extra points by completing military service, Telex says.
Source: telex.hu, hvg.hu