School of Artillery

During the Second World War artillery courses were continued in Nimes from 1940 to 1942 and then to Cherchell in Algeria from 1942 to 1945. In 1945, the school was recreated in Idar Oberstein. In the same year, the center of the anti-aircraft ground forces was created in Nîmes, which became the school of specialization for anti-aircraft artillery (ESAA) and then the school for the application of ground-to-air artillery (EAASA). At the end of 1952, the school for the application of artillery returned to Châlons-sur-Marne, its city of creation. She stayed there until 1976, when she settled in a new district in Draguignan. In 1983, EAASA left Nîmes and joined the EAA in Draguignan. As of August 1, 2009, the EAA becomes the artillery school (EA).


Located in the Var, in the heart of Provence, the school occupies in Draguignan a modern and functional unit at the entrance of the city: the Bonaparte district. The city is well served by means of communications.

Road: Motorway A 7, exit Le Muy (10 km by expressway).
SNCF station of arrival: DRAGUIGNAN LES ARCS, served by TGV (10 km by bus line).
By air: Nice-Côte-d’Azur and Toulon-Hyères airports, each one 1 hour by A 7 motorway.


Unique crucible of training for all young officers and non-commissioned officers of artillery, the school is subordinate to the command of the organizations of formation of the army of land (COFAT) and attached to the military district of defense of Marseilles.

The school provides a training mission for ground-to-air and ground-to-air artillery (initial training and refresher courses) and a mission of studies and experiments in the tactical and technical fields.

All EVATs and VDATs are grouped in the body of the school which provides the administrative and technical support to the Directorate-General for Training. They occupy functions essential to the functioning of the school and the training of officers, non-commissioned officers, EVAT, VDAT. Read about 10 top gunsmithing schools here.


The EA has the full range of operational equipment in service: 155 guns (AUF 1 and TRF 1), RATAC radars, topographical imaging vehicles, SIROCCO meteorological stations, hydrogen generators, rangefinder Laser, theodolite, multiple rocket launcher (LRM), ROLAND, HAWK, MISTRAL ground-to-air missile shots and their radars: SAMANTHA, HIPC, CWAR, shooting line, ATLAS, ATILA, MEASURE.

The varied fleet includes all commercial, utility and tactical range (VL, 4 X 4, PL, SPL, buses and armored vehicles of all types).

The school uses state-of-the-art simulation equipment to conduct shooting, observation and aerial combat.

Future materials

VOA on VAB, COBRA radar, ATLAS system, MARTHA gun.


Prior to occupying the position in the chosen specialty, the EVAT and VDAT will spend two months in a regiment of the South East Region (RTSE), in order to obtain their Initial General Formation (IGF), during which they will have to assimilate all Basic military knowledge.

Operating operator of computer data transmission systems or electromagnetic detection systems (surveillance radars, radars, weather radars).

Conductor PL, SPL, TC and lifting gear and troubleshooting, generator conductor.

Sol-air: pointer, artificer, munitionnaire, topographer-radionavigator.

Transmissions, data processing.

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