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Accept the Challenge, Become a

Leader of Character


he Air Force Academy is a challenging environment by design.  Our mission is to educate, train and inspire men and women to become officers of character, motivated to lead the United States Air Force in service to our nation. Academics, athletics, professional military training and social activities play a big part in this journey. But the most important part of our program is the individual cadet’s commitment to our core values: Integrity First, Service Before Self, and Excellence in All We Do.  

We are one of the most selective colleges in America. We seek young men and women who have the qualities and genuine motivation to succeed in a very challenging environment and whose primary goal is to serve our nation as Air Force officers. The competition for an appointment is extremely high. You must have a proven record of achievement in leadership, academics, athletics, extracurricular activities and be of high moral character. Our professional staff, counselors and Admissions Liaison Officers will guide you through each step. For those who are accepted, there are endless opportunities and challenges awaiting them. The demands are tough, the rewards are many, and successful completion means becoming an officer in the world’s most respected air, space and cyberspace force!

“I’d like to say that my character was made rock solid at home from my mom’s teachings and lessons years before I knew the Academy existed, but the academy experience has been the stone I used to polish that character. I am proud to forever call myself a Lady Falcon.”

(2Lt Jasamine Pettie – Class of 2005)

It takes a well-rounded program of academic, physical, and leadership preparation to meet the challenge. In addition, you need dedication, a desire to serve others, the ability to accept discipline, and a sense of duty. Home-schooled students are as competitive for appointment as any other student academic, athletic and leadership potential are evaluated just as any other applicant. Make your own decision to attend the Academy. Don’t let anyone else make it for you — you will be the one facing the challenges. If you enjoy responsibility, welcome new experiences and opportunities, and like to excel and lead others, you have the attributes to become a successful cadet and Air Force officer.

“I am grateful that I have achieved my dream of a career in aviation. As a pilot for Alaska Airlines and an officer in the Air Force Reserves, I am fortunate to have had a rewarding civilian career as well as an amazing opportunity to serve my country and my community. The Academy was an important first step in my journey, and it was definitely the right choice for me.”

(Maj Kimberly Scott – Class of 1990)

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