Lumber said:To quote someone wise than I, "If I’m going to command at a certain level, on behalf of a lawfully elected government in another place in the world, it is not unreasonable to expect that I can elevate my intellectual game?”
Your mileage may vary, but I have personally seen and continue to see tangible benefits from my university experience. My experience and my education has made me a better person, a better adult, and as a result a better Officer. Could I have gotten to this point through experience alone? Perhaps, with time.
As for spending money on RMC/CMR vs. simply sending people to civilian University? I'll echo what's already been said. They act as recruiting tools to attract the nation's best who see them as an elite institutions, and they are symbols of national pride, like West Point and Sandhurst.
Also, even though it only educates Officer Cadets, it is still a federal research institution which produces a large amount of worthwhile material for academia.
Sandhurst only trains officers to be officers; its not a university.
Why couldn't we similarly teach officers to be officers, rather than be in the game of running a university?
If you want a great officer training centre, do that.