Escola de Sargentos das Armas (ESA) is a Higher Education Establishment (Technologist) of the Brazilian Army, responsible for the training of the Brazilian Army Career Sergeant : Infantry, Cavalry, Artillery, Engineering and Signal Corps.
The structure is composed by dormrooms, Mass Halls, classrooms, laboratory, library, auditorium, medical center, chapel,a museum, bridge park and an extensive sports area consisting of gymnasiums, soccer field, athletics track, swimming pool, polo field , cross-country horse track and rope track. It has two fields of instruction: Campo de Instrução do Atalaia with an area of 4.6 km² and Campo de Intrução Moacyr Araújo Lopes with an area of 20 km², the latter being about 40 km from Três Corações / MG.
ESA´s training courseis divided in two : "Basic" and "Qualification".
| Basic Period
The basic period is carried out in 12 (twelve) Military Corps Organizations (OMCT) located from North to South of the national territory and it is supervised by ESA. This period is 34 (thirty-four) weeks long and prepares the student for the Qualification period. With the implementation of the Technologist Course, the basic period will last, approximately, 43 (forty-three) weeks.
|Military Organizations Military Corps|
|♦ 20º Regimento de Cavalaria Blindado - (Campo Grande/MS)|
|♦ 12º GAC (Jundiaí/SP)|
|♦ 1º GAAAe (Rio de Janeiro/RJ)|
|♦ 41º BIMtz (Jataí/GO)|
|♦ 14º GAC (Pouso Alegre/MG)|
|♦ 23º BC (Fortaleza/CE)|
|♦ 6º RCB (Alegrete/RS)|
|♦ 23º BI (Blumenau/SC)|
|♦ 10º BI (Juiz de Fora/MG)|
|♦ 4º GAC (Juiz de Fora/MG)|
|♦ 13° R C Mec - (Pirassununga/SP)|
|♦ 16º Batalhão de Infantaria Motorizado (16º B I Mtz) - (Natal/RN)|
After completion of the Basic period, the student chooses his military Qualification of the Arms, according to his intellectual merit. The Qualification period will last 43 weeks. The qualification period is conducted, fully, at ESA regarding the Arms. Regarding the Logistics, the qualification period is carried out at escola de Sargentos de Logística (EsSLog), in Rio de Janeiro - RJ and regarding the Aviation, the qualification period is held at the Centro de Instrução de Aviação do Exército (CIAVEx) in Taubaté - SP.
In this very dynamic period, the student receives specific instructions of the Arms of Infantry, Cavalry, Artillery, Engineering and Signal Corps, at this point the value of selfless service of each Arms is developed and consolidated in the students.
The professional training of the prospective Career Combatant Sergeant is the reason for existance of ESA. At the end of the course, the concludente is declared Sergeant of the Brazilian Army and he will occupy the positions predicted in the Quadro de Organização da Força Terrestre. From this moment on, his leadership with the small fractions will be necessary to face the challenges of the 21st century with professionalism and commitment to the Brazilian Army.