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Tanzania Military Academy Exchange

March 29, 2010 | Cadet Emily Simmons

Last Sunday I returned from a trip to the wondrous world of Tanzania. I spent a week at their military academy for an exchange program (Foreign Academy Exchange Program -FAEP). West Point sends two cadets to each military academy in 28 countries for our Spring Break and then all of those schools will send two of their cadets back here for a week. Last year I was able to participate in the program, but I went to Portugal. The trip (along with all Academy trips) are fully funded and you are even provided with some money to help cover incidental expenses that might come up. The intention is to help build foreign relations and create officers that are culturally competent. Tanzania was a very special trip because this was the country's first exchange with West Point. CDT Nate Webster and I were the 2nd and 3rd Western cadets to ever visit the Academy. The Academy rolled out the red carpet to welcome us to their school and made sure that our stay with them was very enjoyable. We were each given a student sponsor and were accepted as a part of the student body. This included early morning group runs under the stars yelling songs in Swahili, practicing marching, attending classes on tactics, evening runs between 12 and 14 miles up and down hills/mountains (don't worry, you can walk some too), and participation a field exercise. Some maybe wondering why anyone would consider this to be a “fun” experience. What makes the military special is the people it attracts and foreign academies are no different. I made friends with students from Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, and Lesotho that I will continue to communicate with as the years proceed and will be always welcomed into their homes. In addition to being able to meet all these great people, the Tanzanian military academy made it a point to take us to see the Ngorongoro Crater to witness one of the world’s greatest spectacles. Unfortunately I forgot to bring my video camera for this outing but I took some great photos instead. I will post them along with a short video from our climb on Mount Kilimanjaro later on today.


  • Gerard
    4/30/2010 3:32 PM
    Is important to said that mi english is not good. Well i´m from Uruguay a little country between Argentina and Brazil. Last December i´m graduated from the Uruguayan Military Academy in Artillery. I never visited USA but next January i going to visit your country so i hope it like me. My best friend was in the USMA some days ago and he told me that it was a great experience...
    From Uruguay...Go Army beat Navy
  • Victor Magare
    4/27/2012 9:59 AM
    I appreciate Emily Simons. I was the Cadets Course Comdr when you visited Tanzania Military Academy, am now seconded to Zambia Military Academy as an instructor,
    Kind regards.
    Maj VC Magare
  • george masolwa
    4/28/2012 12:59 AM
    i was among the cadts attending the course at that time, we enjoyed much to stay with you though it was a short time. welcome again to TMA and the hills you saw and climbed are still there. i have some of the photo with climbing rashaine hill if you like i can tag you.
  • Dave
    1/2/2013 6:14 PM
    I am a young Tanzanian, i will be graduating with my bachelor degree in law by July this year and i am really interested in joining the Academy but there are rumors that its a tough job and people die sometimes, may you please help me out with the routine maybe it might add some inspiration and spirit to join in..
  • Elius
    2/10/2013 2:07 PM
    i am a Tanzanian, am in the last year taking diploma course in phyisiotherapy, am so much interested with military, i wish i could join one day when am done with my diploma studies arond june this year,am note scared much about the whole process of training, it's just, am scared about my self coz am ambitious!, please help me with updates when and how i can join.
    4/22/2014 12:23 PM

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