Its purpose was to train the finest starship commanders in the galaxy with new recruits entering into a rigorous training program with the intention of testing their capabilities well past their limitations at the time. The intensity of the training meant that many did not succeed and failure meant the expulsion of the recruit from the academy. The Elite Command Academy's strict requirements meant that it did not take into account family reputations of its recruits with such traits holding little weight for success in this institution.
In the year 2191, General Chang served as the head instructor of the Elite Command Academy and was training the next generation of warship captains for the Klingon Defense Force. Chang himself believed that new recruits were needed to combat the Empire's true enemy namely the United Federation of Planets. Those few that succeeded in their training were immediately given command of a warship. Torlek was one of his star recruits who graduated from this institution and was instrumental in the Klingon Civil War. (TOS video game: Klingon Academy)