Counseling and Advising
The U.S. Air Force Academy is committed to helping cadets succeed and reach their peak potential. If you are having trouble coping with the military, academic, physical or social aspects of Academy life, these services and options are available to assist you.
PEAK PERFORMANCE CENTER (PPC)
The Peak Performance Center (PPC) is an internationally accredited college counseling center that offers short-term, individual therapy for a wide spectrum of behavioral health challenges. PPC staff is comprised of licensed social workers, psychologists, behavioral health technicians and certified alcohol and drug abuse counselors, skilled in the unique developmental, personal and military challenges cadets face at the Academy.
Counseling services include, but are not limited to:
- Stress management
- Time management skills or adjustment issues
- Self-esteem, image and/or identity development
- Abuse and sexual assault
- Overcoming fears/phobias (dive, flight, jump, air sickness, etc.)
- Anxiety and/or depression
The staff is committed to improving the well being of every cadet while preserving their dignity and privacy. In addition to the services listed, the PPC is able to coordinate higher levels of care, medication assessment/management and facilitate appropriate referral services on a case-by-case basis. The PPC is located in Sijan hall, second floor (SE Corner). They are open Monday through Friday from 0730 to 1630. Call (719) 333-2107
Cadets are able to access mental health services through the Academy’s Medical Group, or may be referred here by the PPC. Services are available in three categories:
- Mental Health Clinic: provides comprehensive, outpatient mental health therapy to cadets and medication management if/as needed
- Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment (ADAPT) Program: alcohol and substance misuse education, evaluation and treatment
- Family Advocacy Program (FAP): healthy relationship education, prevention and intervention to address any concerns of family/partner violence
Contact the front desk at (719) 333-5177 or (719) 333-5178 for assistance or to be connected with a specific office.
MILITARY FAMILY LIFE COUNSELORS (MFLC)
A team comprised of two civilians, MFLCs at the Academy are licensed professional counselors (LPCs) who provide confidential, non-medical and short-term counseling support to cadets. MFLCs focus on ensuring academic and mental readiness and addressing stressors of cadet life, including but not limited to:
- Adjustment to military/cadet life
- Building resiliency
- Conflict resolution
- Healthy relationships
No referral is needed and no records are kept. MFLCs are on call from 0800–1000, with weekend and evening appointments and flexible meeting locations. Call (719) 651-4810 to reach a counselor.
SPIRITUAL AND RELIGIOUS COUNSELING
Cadet Wing chaplains provide counseling and assistance with issues ranging from stress and military life transitions to grief and loss. Chaplains provide personal, moral and spiritual care and information shared is treated with absolute confidentiality. To speak with a chaplain, call (719) 333-2636. In addition to their offices in the 4th floor of the Sijan Tower T-Zo Level, chaplains and religious affairs airman are assigned to each of the four Cadet Groups with offices in Sijan and Vandenberg Halls open Monday through Friday from 0730-1630. For after hours emergencies, call (719) 333-2633.
CADET PERSONNEL DIVISION
In addition to functioning as the Military Personnel Section (MPS) for cadets at the Academy, the Cadet Personnel Division oversees officer classification and assignments including, but not limited to:
- Rated & non-rated Air Force Specialty Codes (AFSCs)
- Graduate school
- Cross-commissioning into the Army, Navy or Marines
- Medical school
- Casual status & diversity lieutenants
- Other specialty programs
- Developing cross-cultural competency by building understanding of a specific disciplinary or interdisciplinary area
- Understanding differences between individuals and groups of people
- Acknowledging interpersonal conflict when it arises and overcoming conflict by seeking common goals to find resolution
- Collaborating with others from different worldviews to accomplish a given task or mission
- Developing awareness, sensitivity and understanding of various personal life experiences, backgrounds (geographic, socioeconomic, economic or work), language abilities, philosophical/spiritual perspectives, race, gender and more
- Awareness of social and cultural development of gender and the impact it has on behavior, personal values and followership
- Impact of gender on interpersonal relationships, with a focus on treating wingmen with respect and dignity
- Group cohesiveness and cooperation, and building awareness of organizational gender-related issues
Cadet Personnel Division staff are able to advise cadets on potential career fields and their associated requirements.
CADET WING SUPPORT
Air Officers Commanding (AOCs) are responsible for the health, morale and welfare of each squadron. AOCs continually review each cadet’s progress and are the primary points of contact between cadets’ families and the Academy. In addition, Academy Military Trainers (AMTs), who are non-commissioned officers (NCOs), complement AOCs in providing daily support to cadets.
First-class cadets, serving as cadet officers, and second-class cadets, serving as cadet NCOs, play a major role in guiding their peers. They provide the front-line supervision of military, academic and athletic performance, as well as helping to assess the resiliency of each cadet in the squadron. Our AOCs, AMTs and upper-class cadets are trained to assist cadets in these areas and refer them to the many professional services listed above.
The PEER (Personal Ethics and Education Representative) program is a volunteer cadet-led program. Each squadron has designated PEERs who can provide support and referral services to cadets facing developmental and behavioral issues.