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―Advertisement promoting the Imperial Academy[src]

The Imperial Academy was a military training program run by the Galactic Empire.[10] Biggs Darklighter joined the Imperial Academy, but defected to the Alliance to Restore the Republic after graduation.[11] His close friend, Luke Skywalker, also longed to join the Imperial Academy and live a star-faring life,[12] but his uncle, Owen Lars, forbade it.[10] The Office of Student Outcomes also existed as part of the bureaucracy of the Imperial Academy.[13]

The main campus of the Imperial Academy, the Royal Imperial Academy,[13] was located on Coruscant.[4] Other academies were located on Lothal, Mandalore[7], Arkanis[5], Carida,[6] Uyter, and Prefsbelt.[9] Some planets like the Outer Rim world of Lothal had several regional academies including the Academy for Young Imperials and the Pretor Flats Academy.[3]

Getting into the Academies was very difficult, especially for people from former Separatist worlds. Thane Kyrell and Ciena Ree found themselves very lucky to both be accepted into the Royal Imperial Academy on Coruscant, having spent their entire childhood training for this moment.[13]

There were three types of Academies. One-year junior academies were used to prepare teenage cadets for further training at senior academies. After senior academies, the most talented cadets would enter a specialized service academy for officer training with either the Imperial Army, the Imperial Navy or the Stormtrooper Corps. Lothal's Academy for Young Imperials was an example of a junior academy. Some known senior academies were the Arkanis Academy and the Marleyvane Academy. The Raithal and Corulag academies were regarded as specialized officer-training academies.[3]

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