The BCT program tests cadets' mental and physical abilities and helps them transition from civilian to military life. This foundational leadership training helps develops alertness, physical endurance, emotional stability, self-reliance and individual initiative.
No, parents should refrain from calling during BCT. Cadets are instructed to write home soon after BCT begins to give parents the name and phone numbers of their Air Officer Commanding, or AOC, who directly supervises their squadron. Cadets and parents are strongly encouraged to communicate through cards and letters.
Cadets going through BCT are not allowed to receive care packages. However, upon completion of training, they are allowed to receive care packages from family or friends at any time.
Yes, cadets are guided by academic advisors who discuss the academic majors in relation to career areas and opportunities in the Air Force. After selecting a major, cadets are assigned to a faculty advisor who will assist with course selections, schedules and other academic matters.
The instructors at the Academy maintain office hours Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Unless teaching or in a meeting, instructors are available for extra instruction. Additionally, most teachers will provide a contact number and e-mail address for after-hours questions.
Yes, it is possible to be recruited for an intercollegiate sport, but recruited athletes receive the same general scholarship as every cadet. By receiving a general scholarship, if you should ever become injured while playing a sport and can no longer participate, you will not lose your general Academy scholarship.
Cadets have access to many helpful agencies, including the Academy's Peak Performance Center. The center provides a full range of counseling and performance enhancement services to meet the developmental, emotional, psychological and leadership needs of the cadet wing. Students often experience transitional stress due to new challenges or face difficult decisions regarding a wide spectrum of normal developmental issues. In addition, each squadron has two cadet PEERs, Personal Ethics and Education Representatives, to help address concerns and seek professional guidance.
Worship attendance at the cadet chapel is voluntary. The chapel has dedicated worship areas for Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, Muslim and Buddhist faith groups, as well as an all-faiths room for other worshiping traditions. In addition, an outdoor area for Earth-based religions was recently added near the cadet area. The cadet chapel releases weekly worship schedules, and cadets are also permitted to attend a place of worship of choice in the local community. Cadets may participate in other religious activities including choirs, study groups, daily worship and fellowship organizations.
Parents can encourage cadets to put forth their best efforts in all areas, and particularly, to abide by cadet wing regulations, take responsibility for their actions, and be accountable to themselves and their supervisors. Parental support has been found to be a strong motivator toward positive performance. Conversely, parents who condone violations will undermine the Academy's efforts and leave their son or daughter open to punishment and possible disenrollment.
Cadets have a leave period over Thanksgiving, two-and-a-half weeks for winter break, and one week in the spring semester. During the summer, most cadets have approximately three weeks of leave.
There are more than 90 Air Force Academy parent clubs in the United States, with every state having representation. For more information, please call (719) 333-3828 or (877) 268-3383.
Graduates can receive scholarships to attend civilian graduate schools immediately after graduation. Graduates in the top 15 percent of their class are typically prime candidates for post-graduate education programs. Other graduates may also have opportunities for graduate education through the Air Force Institute of Technology program.
The Academy may send up to three percent of each graduating class directly to medical, nursing or dental school.