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If you will be driving a personal vehicle or rental car to the symposium, please let us know what time you anticipate arriving and departing the Academy. This will enable us to adequately plan for lodging and access to the Academy grounds. When you first arrive at the Academy you must enter at the South Gate.
Those who do not possess a DoD ID card will be required to show an NCLS Parking Pass which will be made available to you prior to the event. Please be prepared to show the NCLS Parking Pass, your driver's license, vehicle registration and proof of insurance to the security guards at the Academy South Gate. Inform them that you are participating in the National Character and Leadership Symposium (NCLS). Gate guards will have a complete list of all NCLS attendees and will allow you to enter the base once your credentials have been verified.
Once on base, visiting students will be escorted directly to the Student Reception Area, located in Arnold Hall Richter Lounge. Visiting speakers, faculty, and registered guests should proceed directly to the Academy Falcon Club.
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Based on room availability, faculty will stay in the Rampart Lodge or alternatively, facilities are available within 3-5 miles from the Academy.
NCLS Visiting Faculty and Guests will be lodged at Rampart Lodge (also known as the Visiting Officers' Quarters, or VOQ) at cost, pending availability. Adequate parking is available at the Rampart Lodge for individuals wishing to drive their personal or rental vehicles. However, visitor parking in the cadet area during the symposium is prohibited. As a result, transportation will be provided throughout the symposium.
Student participants will be housed at no cost in the Air Force Academy Cadet Dormitories. When registering, students may request a specific USAFA cadet with whom they wish to room. Every attempt will be made to accommodate your request.
Due to space constraints, we will only provide lodging for the first 200 visiting students. As a reminder, in order for university students to register for the National Character and Leadership Symposium (NCLS), they must be between the ages of 18 and 26.