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What Life is Like at the Academy's Altitude



Cadets at the U.S. Air Force Academy face a rigorous schedule of academics, athletics, military training, high expectations, and strict rules of conduct. Cadets are constantly challenged physically and mentally. Those who persevere will join the Long Blue Line of more than 50,000+ graduates who were challenged before them.

Within the Cadet Wing, the Commandant of Cadets and their staff oversee military training, extracurricular activities, clubs and various other aspects of life at the Academy. Here, it’s not about where you come from, but what you show up with. Regardless of race, religion or background, we prioritize equal treatment and equal opportunity. To learn more about this unique environment, explore the Frequently Asked Questions.

How to make a cadet bed

Rooms in our two dormitories, Vandenberg Hall and Sijan Hall, are approximately 13 feet wide and 18 feet long and contain a counter with a built-in sink, a large mirror and a medicine cabinet. There are typically two cadets per room with each having a twin-size bed, large closet, dresser and desk. To pass inspections, a cadet bed needs to be made perfectly.

How to put together cadet service dress

Although cadets primarily wear airman battle uniforms (ABUs) to class and physical conditioning (PC) gear for physical education classes, service dress is commonly worn for more formal events. To properly represent the dignity and legacy of the Air Force, cadet service dress needs to be pristine.

How to organize a cadet drawer

Upon arriving, cadets are issued laptops, uniforms, bedding and linens. A cadet drawer needs to be properly prepared to pass inspections.