Orloff Military Academy
The academy produces the finest graduates of the whole Free Worlds League. The age for entrance is early, at the age of twelve, and students receive intense conventional training until at the age of sixteen. Most cadets graduate within the next four years.
Except for the members of the Orloff family, entrance is granted only through invitation. Few could refuse a place at this prestigious training academy. Only the most promising youngsters are selected as students.
In the first four years they instill a sense of familiarity among the cadets. The daily life consists of physical training and drills. Cadets receive extensive instructions in hand-to-hand combat and wilderness survival techniques, in addition to the use of firearms and melee weapons.
Advanced Individual Training
The Academy offers only Mechwarrior training, but also provides advanced courses in leadership and strategy for the use in combined arms operations. The final exams are known as "El Diablo", an chaotic multi-regimental battle. In this scenario the cadet must lead an unit after the "death" of a senior officer. The pass mark is saving 25 percent of friendly forces, and any student that scores more than 50 percent graduates with honors.
The excellent teacher-pupil-ratio (because of the small size of the academy) is good for the students. Much of the intensive training occours in the early years. The theory is put into practical experience within the final years. These circumstances will work for the students in their future careers.
After their graduation, many cadets receive senior command posts and the strong esprit de corps, the cadets gained, mostly survives the academy-time. This leads to the so-called "Orloff Mafia", due to former cadets bearing the ceremonial dirk they received after their final tests. The new promoted lieutenants generally make the first tour of duty within the Orloff grenadiers.
- Field Manual: Free Worlds League, pp. 31-32, "Orloff Military Academy"