To elevate and integrate character and leadership development, both conceptually and structurally throughout the entire USAFA experience.
Inspire integration of character and leadership.
Strengthen strategic partnerships
Enlighten, energize and equip Faculty, Staff, cadets and the public to integrate character and leadership in their daily lives.
Provide comprehensive analysis and assessment for our initiatives.
Character and leadership are complementary and inseparable concepts. We believe that synergies will result from better integration of research, training and education of both these concepts in a common effort. The mission of the Integration and Outreach Directorate is forge the relationships and processes to inspire this to happen.
The world is strong because people see the power in being a leader of character
- Character and leadership integration is in the forefront of thought, prominent in conversations, and visible in action.
- We have strong strategic partnerships.
- Faculty, staff, cadets, and the public are enlightened, energized, and equipped to integrate character and leadership in their daily lives.
- We know our impact through comprehensive analysis and assessment.
Alternative Spring Break Another aspect of Service Learning is the Alternative Spring Break program. In the Alternative Spring Break Program, nearly 100 cadets give up their vacation time to help build homes in Texas, Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico for Habitat for Humanity. Cadets from all 4 year groups travel and work together in teams with leadership opportunities for upper class cadets.
Cadet Wing Character Officer (WCO) and Non-commissioned Officer (WCNCO) The I&O Directorate mentors the WCO and WCNCO. The WCO is a year-long position for a first class cadet of impeccable character who serves on the Cadet Wing Staff as the liaison between the CCLD and the Cadet Wing. The WCNCO, a semester-long position, on the Cadet Wing Staff for two second-class cadets with impeccable character, is also mentored by the I&O Directorate and is responsible for executing the Cadet Service Learning Program and Alternate Spring Break.
Annual Character Award Recognition The CCLD administers an annual character award recognition program. Awards include Outstanding Cadet in Citizenship Award, Outstanding Cadet in Character, the Malham M. Wakin Character and Leadership Development Award, the 1Lt Roslyn L. Schulte Cadet Award and the Core Values Trophy. These awards are given at the annual 1Lt Roslyn L. Schulte Recognition Ceremony during Graduation week each year.
Conferences Cadets participate in a variety of character and leadership conferences and seminars with institutions such as our sister service academies, Texas A&M, College of the Ozarks, The Citadel and Virginia Tech universities.