Magnificent Triumph ceremony at Saint-Cyr Coëtquidan schools


Saint-Cyr Coëtquidan schools’ Triumph marks the end of school year for Saint-Cyr Coëtquidan schools students. On this occasion, some of them discover their cohort’s name, others get their second-lieutenant or lieutenant rank. Twenty regiments participate to present tanks demonstrations, military scenarios and equipment in this ceremony, the biggest land forces’ ceremony open to the general public. Saturday night, some 10,000 spectators attended the ceremony. Saint-Cyr Coëtquidan military schools include among its students General de Gaulle and have hosted during first world war 30,000 American soldiers being trained.

DCI cadets have participated in the ceremony while they are currently taking an initial academic and military training during 3 years within the International Training Centre Saint-Cyr Coëtquidan schools (CIF-ESCC). At the end of their course, trainees will be awarded a Bachelor of Arts, a platoon leader diploma and the former Saint-Cyr student title. This multidisciplinary training is based on 3 pillars: military instruction, human training and academic teaching.

Triumph originated when the Duke of Orléans visited Saint-Cyr on 27th July 1834. On that particular day, student-officer Lafitte succeeds in destroying a target barrel on first cannon shot. Following this exceptional shot, he was carried out in triumph by his comrades and since this day every year barrel’s triumph is traditionally celebrated.

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