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|University of Proserpina|
The University of Proserpina is an important military university, located on Proserpina in the Draconis Combine. Heavily associated with the Proserpina Hussars, UP offers courses for MechWarrior, aerospace pilots, conventional armor and infantry training, for both enlisted and officers, and provides one of the most balanced learning experience in the Combine.
A majority of applicants come from Proserpina herself, although the university's reputation is such that it attracts students from the most remote parts of the Combine. However, are particularly scare at UP, both because the planet is so close to the Federated Suns border and because the Proserpina Hussars traditionally maintain and refurbish the school themselves, leaving less financial support from the DCMS itself. This is particularly the case with BattleMechs - in 3025 the university had just six 'Mechs to train with, and most were in terrible condition - which makes the school judicious in who it accepts.
A two-month basic training course is followed by advanced training in the student's MOS, which varies depending on their rank and specialty: non-commissioned infantry training can last six months, while MechWarrior and aerospace pilot training lasts four years. Thanks to the selection process and hands-on training, attrition among the student body is particularly low, and many gain the type of confidence not seen at other academies. The exception to this was the university's two-year Battle Armor course, recently added in 3058, for which they were still ironing out the rough edges.
Before the Draconis Combine ceded Proserpina to the Republic of the Sphere in 3081, this venerable military institution was well known for its combined-arms approach to military training. In its time under The Republic, both its reputation and capacity have been enhanced: It not only places its graduates in militias and mercenary groups throughout Republican space, but it also offers education in a wide range of nonmilitary applications.
Prosperina is in Prefecture III and it is expected to be claimed at any time by House Kurita. It continues to operate, however, ambivalent toward any impending regime change. Chances are the university will be allowed to continue to operate, though many more of its graduates will begin serving in the military of whichever House may come to them. More likely than not, this will be the Draconis Combine and House Kurita.
Now that Proserpina has fallen to the Draconis Combine, the Dragon‘s share of graduates goes immediately into service with the Draconis Combine Mustered Soldiery (DCMS), although some still slip out of Combine space to serve other masters. It is a tribute to the quality of officers produced at the University of Proserpina that House Kurita has allowed the University to keep its doors open despite this steady trickle of talent slipping between the Dragon‘s claws.
- House Kurita (The Draconis Combine), p. 137
- Handbook: House Kurita, p. 148
- Field Manual: Draconis Combine, p. 28-29
- MechWarrior Dark Ages Uniques, p. 275 "University of Proserpina"
- MechWarrior Dark Ages Uniques, p. 359 "University of Proserpina"
- MechWarrior Dark Ages Uniques, p. 393 "University of Proserpina"