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MOTIVATED TO LEAD

ACADEMY MISSION

The United States Air Force Academy doesn’t just graduate cadets. It produces the nation’s best leaders of character. From the application process, to the first day of Basic Cadet Training, to final exams, the Academy seeks out and trains cadets to adhere to qualities of moral excellence.

This character and leadership development is as much a part of the Academy experience as academics, athletics and military training. It is built into specific programs like the Center for Character & Leadership Development (CCLD), and more importantly, into the foundation of the Academy—its mission, core values and honor code.

United States Air Force Academy Mission

The mission of the United States Air Force Academy is to educate, train, and inspire men and women to become leaders of character, motivated to lead the United States Air Force in service to our nation.

From day one, you take on a rigorous but rewarding program of academic, military, athletic and character development, all with the end goal of preparing and elevating you to be a successful leader in life after the Academy.

Core Values

Integrity First. Service Before Self. Excellence in All We Do.

These values guide all members of the U.S. Air Force, not just Academy cadets. From day one these values are memorized and internalized to serve as the foundation and unifying element of a cadet’s commitment to themselves, their comrades and their country. Our core values are our North Star.

Honor Code

We Will Not Lie, Steal or Cheat, Nor Tolerate Among Us Anyone Who Does.

To set the tone for all cadets to come after them, the Class of 1959 wrote and adopted the Honor Code. Cadets own the code and are responsible for maintaining the code and the process by which those who break it are assessed.

Honor Code violations are investigated by a team from the Cadet Wing Honor Committee. There are currently 180 elected cadets on the committee – two first-class cadets and two second-class cadets from each of the 40 squadrons, as well as 10 first-class cadets and 10 second-class cadets that make up the executive committee.

Ground in the Profession of Arms

After the Academy, cadets graduate to become leaders in many fields, from physics to politics to philosophy. Across the world, Academy cadets have each other’s backs in battle and life—putting the needs of those around them ahead of their own. Their experience, sacrifice and commitment to serving their country is what binds them together as members of the Profession of Arms.

The Essence of the United States Air Force Academy

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. We are charged to produce leaders, mentors and experts in the Air Force core competencies and their respective career fields. The intellectual and social capital that is built during the Academy experience is our competitive advantage. Our uniqueness also stems from the breadth and depth of our offerings, our four-year cadet experience, and how we execute our mission. Our purpose is to produce leaders that are exceptionally well-prepared to lead in a complex, challenging, technically sophisticated and ever-changing geopolitical environment. This singular purpose is embedded in each cadet activity and yields leadership development that is greater than the sum of its parts.

The Key Components of Our Essence:

  • Developing Character and Leadership
  • Focusing on the Air Force Mission in Air, Space and Cyberspace
  • Immersing Cadets in a Total Experience
  • Harmonizing STEM and the Liberal Arts
  • Competing
  • Internalizing the Air Force Ethos
  • Exposing Cadets to Air Force Professional Culture
  • Maintaining an Exemplary Installation