The academy has been part of the Kosovo Protection Corps training centre since 2005.
The training centre is located on the campus of Pristina University and overlooks the city.
Citadel-trained Capt Berat Shala, seen here in the sports hall, commands the academy.
Blerand Hasanaj, who shares a room with a fellow cadet, says he has got used to the tough regime.
Supervisors inspect the cadets' rooms, which looked spick and span when BBC News visited.
Female cadets like Arbresha Brahmani undergo the same regime, with just a fraction more privacy in their dorms.
From the top of the central sports centre, a portrait of KLA hero Adem Jashari looks over the city.
His brother Hamez Jashari is commemorated up at the Kosovo Protection Corps training centre with this mural.
The normal study day ends at 1800 when the cadets line up for the lowering of the flag.
Then it is a session of press-ups in the courtyard before the future officers get their dinner.