Professional bachelor's study programme

Air Forces Military Leadership

Professional bachelor's degree
Professional bachelor's diploma
The field of study is accredited until December 31, 2024 (Law on Higher Education Institutions)
Tuition fee
State-funded studies
4,5 years 
Credit points
Full-time intramural

Gaisa spēku militārā vadība

The aim of the study programme is to prepare students as mid-level leaders for service in the National Armed Forces, NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) / EU (European Union) multinational units, with strong leadership abilities, high motivation and professional competence.

Learning outcomes: to be able to lead personnel, to control the work of subordinate departments, to be able to take responsibility for the decisions taken and their consequences; to act ethically, in accordance with the legislation and understand the responsibility for the impact of professional activity on the environment and society, ensuring cooperation with state, foreign and local government institutions, legal and natural persons within the scope of their competence; to be able to use the knowledge acquired in business management and personnel psychology according to the objectives, following their implementation, making decisions and making adjustments to optimize the performance.


The results of the centralized examination certificates in Mathematics, Latvian and Physics (preferably), and a test in English are taken into account to determine the level of proficiency.
To apply for studies at the National Defense Academy of Latvia (NDAL), there are the following admission criteria:

•    a citizen of the Republic of Latvia,
•    age between 18 and 30,
•    at least a secondary education (centralized examination grades are taken into account),
•    knowledge of the state language (C1),
•    no criminal record,
•    good health and physical fitness.

Admission Rules for the Study Year 2023/2024

Pre-study phase

Before imatriculation (enrolment in the university's list of students) in the professional bachelor's degree programme, you must complete a pre-study course - Cadet Candidate Course, which consists of:
- Basic Military Training Course (Level 1 and 2) at the NAF Infantry School from September to December (13 weeks);
- Junior Leader Course from January to February (6 weeks).

Content of the study program

After completing the Military Basic Training Course and the Junior Leader Course, you will start your studies at the NDAL as a full-fledged cadet. In the first year, you will study Mathematics, Physics, English and other subjects that will help you study at a civil university. Alongside this, you will learn military subjects such as military ethics, civil protection, combat skills, military law, the design and capabilities of small arms and other equally important subjects. Starting from the first year, you will be gradually introduced to your future post-graduation career in a subject such as Introduction to Air Force Specialization.

The second year of the course is to be spent at a civilian university, where it is planned to study subjects closely related to the specifics of the Air Forces and to acquire the necessary knowledge of technical mechanics, fundamentals of communication systems, aerodynamics and flight dynamics, aircraft construction, computer networks, aircraft radar systems, etc. Alongside studies at the civilian university, military knowledge will be provided in subjects such as the Military Leadership, Military Psychology, Shooting, etc. Soldiers' professional skills are maintained and developed in courses and camps such as the Summer Field Camp.

The third year is structurally the same as the second year, as it is organized in cooperation with a civilian university. In this course you will continue to acquire a comprehensive knowledge of global navigation satellite systems, aviation communication systems and networks, aviation legislation, basic logistics, airline technical process management, aerodrome management, etc. In this course, cadets go on their first placement in an Air Forces unit, where they get to know the working environment and the specifics of the units, touching upon the most important tasks of each unit. In the same way as in the second year, cadets participate in the Summer Field Camp and, in parallel with their studies at the civilian university, study military subjects; Latvian Military History, Military Pedagogy, Military Leadership, History of Military Arts, Introduction to Air Force Specialization, etc. 

In this year, the cooperation with the civilian university has ended and the studies are fully conducted at the NDAL, where the cadets continue to study military subjects - Combat Equipment and Armament, Introduction to Fire Support, Engineer Support, Communications, Air Support, Land Forces Tactics, Medical Sustainment, etc. During this course, cadets go on a second internship with an Air Forces unit, where each cadet is individually assigned to the specific unit where they will serve after graduation from the NDAL. At the end of the internship, cadets are required to write and defend an Internship Report. In parallel, during this phase, cadets have the opportunity to focus on writing their Bachelor's Thesis.  

In this course, cadets are given time to concentrate as much as possible on the national examinations - writing their Bachelor's Thesis - but they are also required to take free electives, which include humanities/social studies, management and communication studies courses. In parallel, in the course "Introduction to Air Forces Specialization" cadets continue to acquire knowledge about the Air Forces. 
The content of the study programme may be updated and developed during the study period.


studiju plāns


In the course of studies, the following subjects will be acquired:
•    Military Law,
•    Military Leadership,
•    Shooting Training,
•    Combat Equipment and Armament
•    Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Defense,
•    Communication,
•    Air Forces Sustainment, 
•    Air Tactics and Air Defense 
•    Basic Aerodynamics,
•    Aviation Engine Theory,
•    Aero Gas Turbine Engine Design
•    Digital Electronic Instrumentation Systems
•    Aviation Communication Systems and Networks
•    Global Navigation Satellite System
•    Aircraft Radar, Radio Navigation and Power Supply Systems
•    Organization and Provision of Technical Aircraft Operation 
•    Aircraft Maintenance and Diagnostics, etc.

Objectives of the programme

1. Prioritize the development of the learner as a leader and his/her creative personality.
2. To provide students with the theoretical understanding and practical skills in planning, leading and controlling military and non-military tasks.
3. To develop students' ability to formulate analytical and objective decisions in high-risk and crisis situations.
4. To provide in-depth theoretical knowledge in such areas as military leadership and psychology, individual and collective armament, combat equipment, communications, computer science, information technologies, engineering and vocational orientation study courses, at the same time developing and improving practical skills within the chosen specialty practice, which meets the requirements of the NAF officer standard.
5. Acquire self-learning and research skills by studying literature in the field, conducting research, writing Study papers and Bachelor's theses, projects and other tasks related to national defense in the chosen specialization.
6. To promote further development of the study programme content and study process in accordance with the NAF development plans, tasks and technological developments.

Requirements for obtaining the professional qualification: the professional qualification is awarded after successful completion of the professional bachelor's study programme "Air Forces Military Leadership" and the development and defense of a Bachelor’s Thesis.

Opportunities to continue studies

Opportunities to continue your education in an academic or professional master's degree programme by meeting the admission requirements of the relevant master's programme.

Teaching staff and location of studies

Studiju programmas direktors

kapteinis Mārtiņš Zābelis

Mārtiņš Zābelis 


National Defense Academy of Latvia 
Methodologis, Air Forces Division

Inna Vertļina-Kovaļska

Inna Vertļina-Kovaļska
mob.t. 28305726

Teaching staff

Valdis Kuzmins

Valdis Kuzmins
mob.t. 29373810


Andis Landrāts
mob.t. 26599689

Toms Rostoks

Toms Rostoks
mob.t. 29557994

Study base: National Defense Academy of Latvia and cooperation university premises, as well as Air Forces units

leitnante Ieva Būmerte

Ieva Būmerte

I studied in the Air Forces programme and was happy with it. In my internship, which I really enjoyed, I saw it again and realized it was the right place for me. If I had the chance to turn back the clock and start again, I wouldn't change my studies.