The training stretches across a maximum period of 18 months for regular career course (RCC) officer cadets and 6 months for the short service and special duties commission (SSC/SD) officer cadets. The Regular Career Course consists of four (4) terms, with each geared towards a particular objective. There are intermittent vacation breaks only for RCC officer cadets. Term One (1) and Two (2) consists of Basic Military Training known as the Standard Military Course (SMC) Phase, this phase consists of both physical and academic courses such as:
Map Reading and Navigation
Administration and Morale
Fundamental Officer Training
Ranks and Insignia
Skill at Arms
Signals and Voice Procedure
Term Three (3) and Four (4) are known as the Regular Career Course (RCC) phase, and here cadets are taught on the detailed and Arm specific training. This phase is a buildup on what was done in the Standard Military Course phase. It is therefore important for cadets not to forget anything that was taught in the Standard Military Course phase. A few additions will be made to the courses in the Standard Military Course. Some of the courses are:
International Affairs and War Studies
Administration and Morale
It is essential for a cadet to pass every subject in order to continue with the training at a pass mark of 60% or better for every term
Once a potential cadet enters the Ghana Military Academy for training, there are so many things he/she should prepare for. Life in academy is very different, strenuous and fast moving, it is only a sense of purpose that keeps you going at most times. Regardless of the pressure and high demands of the cadet lines (training accommodation unit), a cadet is expected to exhibit enthusiasm and take close interest in the standards stated below;
General Physical Fitness (The fitness of every cadet will be extremely tested in an effort to ensure that only fit Officers are churned out into the Ghana Armed Forces).
Alertness and mental robustness (Cadets are required to be alert at all times and pay proper attention to little details during their dealings in the Academy)
Personal Hygiene and Turnout (Cadets must thrive to look smart always, regardless of what is been done at any point in time. Attention must also be paid to ones hygiene and wellbeing to avoid sickness and avoidable infections).
Leadership (Cadets will be given various leadership roles to help develop their leadership abilities).
Mental and Physical Endurance (Cadets will go through various exercises to test and develop their ability to endure discomfort and think rationally under extreme conditions during the training).
Time Management (Cadets must be able to manage their time efficiently in order to achieve and make specific timings within the walls of the Academy and this demands full concentration).
An Officer cadet is always guarded by the words of the Ghana Military Academy Creed coined by the Intake 55 in 2015.