The idea of closing the National Technical School for Active Non-Commissioned Officers for budgetary reasons [ENTSOA] d’Issoire was not the happiest in 1995… Especially since, with the technological development of its equipment and especially the launch of its SCORPION program [Synergie du contact renforcée par la polyvalence et l’infovalorisation], the military needed more and more technicians. Hence the need to correct the situation.
So, while he was still chief of staff of the army [CEMAT]General Thierry Burkhard made the establishment of a new technical school one of the priorities of his Strategic Vision, which was unveiled in June 2020. […] We want to attract talent by consolidating them in their technical vocation before hardening them in a military sense,” he will argue later.
The army had to meet such a need after the First World War. And she had established a “Technical Professional Military School” [EMPT] in Montreuil-sur-Mer. Subsequently transferred to Tulle, it opened a second in Le Mans, after the liberation, and the need for qualified technicians was greater than ever. Hence the establishment, in 1963, of ENTSOA, which subsequently justified the closure of these two technical schools. [l’une en 1967, l’autre en 1985].
Anyway, in June 2021, the military announced the imminent opening of a “Preparatory and Technical Military School” [EMPT] in Bourges. The goal then was to recruit 150 students [âgés de 16 à 20 ans] by the beginning of the 2022 school year, to lead them to a professional baccalaureate degree [« Maintenance aéronautique », « Maintenance des véhicules de transport », « Systèmes numériques » et « Sciences et technologies de l’industrie et du développement durable »]the acquisition of which will subsequently enable them to sign a contract as a voluntary non-commissioned officer [EVSO].
It is clear that this new technical school had no trouble recruiting its students. “The military had set itself ambitious recruitment targets. Contract fulfilled as all selected candidates attended! “, the Army Human Resources Directorate welcomed [DRHAT]shortly after the start of the school year.
“We saw students who were very motivated from the start and parents who were very enthusiastic about the idea of entrusting their children to the military institution, to train them technically, from an academic point of view but also from a military point of view and for the education,” commented Colonel Maréchal, the first corps commander of the EMPT.
But like any unit, the EMPT has its traditions. Thus, it has adopted the motto of the School of Le Mans, which is “Educated, lawful, competent”. And she just got her badge [la cérémonie prévue pour la remise de son drapeau, qui devait lieu le 15 septembre, a été reportée, ndlr].
As you might expect, this insignia carries on the traditions of the old military preparatory schools. “The name, EMPT de Bourges, clearly confirms the link with the Tulle and Le Mans schools”, underlines the DRHAT. But also their continuity.
This badge thus represents a golden lion armed with a lowered sword, “symbol of the military preparatory schools and the courage shown by the students in the conflicts in which they had to participate”.
This “ironed sword”, continues the DRAT, underlines the “military but non-combatant character” of the unit. The golden lion is framed by “academic” palms to underline the “excellence” of education. Finally, he carries a shield [ou un blason] representing the coat of arms of the city of Bourges.