Is there such a thing as a Starfinder Academy where selected recruits receive training in the ways of the Starfinder Society in the official setting? I haven't been able to find a reference to something like that in the published material to date.
If there isn't, what are the Society's methods for finding and recruiting the new members it sorely needs after the scoured stars incident? If I were to homebrew an academy in my campaign what suggestions do you have for such an academy?
SFS scenario 1-01 the commencement has the players graduating from SOMETHING. But dead suns has the players become starfinders after doing a mission (likely considered a field commission).
My personal belief is that there is an academy, but it has been truncated or bypassed in a desperate attempt to put butts in seats.
A Starfinder Academy is likely to be more university than military training. There would probably be some combat training, but at most it would be on an equal footing with things like piloting, sciences, survival, etc.
I'd imagine there would be a base set of courses one would need to take, then a bunch of optional ones. Here's a few ideas:
Basic Courses: Survival, Chemistry, Physics, First Contact Training, Starship Operations*, Combat Training, First Aid, Biology (basic biology of sentient species in the Pact Worlds), Pact Worlds History
* Starship Operations is a basic course on how starships work. Students would be expected to continue on with at least one specialisation, as listed in optional courses.
Optional courses: Xenobiology (more advanced biology, including species outside the PW), Hand-to-hand Combat, Ranged Weapons Training, Extreme Temperature Survival, Culture (language and culture for a specific species or world), Starship Operations (Piloting), Starship Operations (Science), Starship Operations (Gunnery), Starship Operations (Engineering), Starship Operations (Combat Tactics)
Advanced certification: Medicine - This course is roughly equivalent to a medical degree in the real world, taking approximately the same amount of time. (While technology is more advanced, there are more species to learn about.) Rules about what qualifies a person to call themselves a doctor vary significantly between different places, but most will accept a Starfinder-certified doctor as such.
I think you have perhaps confused a military academy with basic military training.
A military academy (West Point, Annapolis, etc) is exactly like what you describe. I think the Starfinder academy would, indeed, be a military academy.
For Starfinder Academy, I would also expect a Religion Department since Golarion had a much more diverse and robust pantheon. In the US, with its overwhelming montheistic Christian culture, we tend to ignore the study of other religions. Much harder to do in Golarian and post-Golarian settlements.
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