Cadet corps. In the Russian Empire an exclusive military educational institution at the secondary school level. The cadet corps prepared the sons mainly of officers and noblemen for military service and for higher military schools. The first cadet corps was opened in 1732. Cadet corps existed until 1918 in 29 cities in the Russian Empire. In Ukraine such schools were found in Kyiv, Poltava, Kharkiv, and Odesa.
[This article originally appeared in the Encyclopedia of Ukraine, vol. 1 (1984).]