The Combined Services Military Academy, EMIA was created in 1959 and inaugurated by the President of Republic in 1961.
The school that trains 95% of Cameroon’s military officers was formerly called the combined arms military academy of Cameroon.
The first batch of cadet officers trained was christened the Independence batch.
Since then, every graduation batch is given a name that reflects the sociopolitical context of the country at the time of their training.
Some are named after brave soldiers who died in the line of duty; Youssouf Mahamat Bahar batch was named following the demise of the young lieutenant who died defending Cameroon’s territorial waters in Bakassi and General Jacob Koshi Batch was named after the General who died in the war against Boko Haram.
Upon creation, the institution was co-managed by the French colonial forces before Cameroonian officers took over command in 1986.
So far, 23 officers have commanded the institution including 12 French and 11 Cameroonian officers successively.
The Combined Services Military Academy train cadet officers, organize refresher courses an orient military officers in the different domain of specialization.