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History and traditions

​​The Non-Commissioned Officers School derives from the first Non-Commissioned Officer Cadets School appeared on 1st July 1888 in Caserta where it remained until 30th September 1895 with its head office at the Royal Palace.


Later other Schools in different Italian cities were funded until when, in 1965, the General Staff of the Army ordered the unification of the educational path constituting a unique Non-Commissioned Officer Cadets School in Viterbo, in order to ensure the same preparation level to all the Non-Commissioned Officers.

The Institute preserves the remembrance of the 36,185 Non-Commissioned Officers Fallen in war and in peacetime carrying out their duty.

From 1965 to 1995 77 courses were organized for totally 35,000 Non-Commissioned Officer Cadets.

​Since 1995, with the reorganization of the Non-Commissioned Officers’ Role of the Armed Forces, the School prepares:

  • Marshals as platoon Commanders of the Army Operational Forces that after three year gain a degree in “Political and International Relations Sciences”, delivered by the University of Tuscia;
  • Marshals as “Professional Nurse” that gain a “Nursing” degree at “Roma Tre” Univeristy”;
  • Sergeants as Operators, Repairmen and Technicians.

In 1998, in view of new tasks, the Institute had the current name of Non-Commissioned Officers School of the Army.

As the General Staff of the Army ordered, at the dependencies of the School there are:

  • the Marshal Cadets Regiment, in Viterbo, that up today has educated more than 3,000 Marshals;
  • the Sergeant Cadets Regiment (80th “Rome” Regiment), in Cassino (FR), that up today has educated more than 7,000 Sergeants.