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CADET LIFE OVERVIEW

WHAT IS LIFE LIKE AS A CADET?

Cadets at the United States Air Force Academy face a rigorous schedule of academics, athletics and military training, extremely high expectations and strict rules of conduct. It will be hard and you will be constantly challenged, but if you succeed, in the end you will join the Long Blue Line of more than 48,000 exceptional graduates that came before you.

The Academy’s military environment requires structure, rules and instructions to train you as a professional Air Force officer and leader. 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. No matter what your background, the cadet lifestyle will be different from anything you’ve experienced before.

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. Throughout the academic year, the Cadet Wing Commander will authorize additional items such as coffee pots during third-class (sophomore) year, refrigerators during second-class (junior) year and televisions during first-class (senior) year. To pass inspections, a cadet drawer needs to be properly prepared.