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The Traditions of the Academy

Cadets marching in parade

From the moment they step foot on campus for in-processing to the day they toss their caps in the air at graduation, a cadet’s experience at the U.S. Air Force Academy is steeped with pride and tradition.

Being a Falcon is about more than marathon study sessions and grueling military training. Before cadets fly off into the wild blue yonder, they’ll feel the pride in their chest as they march with the Cadet Wing for the first time, they’ll bond with teammates as they yell the “Falcon Fight” at the top of their lungs and they’ll swill a glass of champagne to find their coveted class ring at the bottom. See how our traditions create bonds among cadets and the long blue line of graduates.