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Professional Development

The four-year Cadet Military Education and Training Plan (CMETP) prepares cadets to apply their knowledge and experience in an operational military environment using the Officer Development System (ODS) as its foundation. CMETP follows a developmental approach during a cadet’s tenure at the United States Air Force Academy and consists of two distinct Commissioning Education (CE) courses and numerous courses and experiences during the summer and academic year. Military education, training and experience contribute to the development of Air Force Institutional Competencies as well as the Academy’s Institutional Outcomes.

  • Summer
    Basic Cadet Training (BCT) is designed to transition appointees to military life and equip them for success as fourth-class cadets. “Introduction to Living Honorably in the Profession of Arms” begins the journey of becoming a leader of character, helps cadets appreciate what it means to live honorably at the Academy via Air Force Core Values and prepares them to take the Honor Oath by understanding elements of the Honor Code and System. Learn more about BCT.
  • Academic Year
    A cadet’s first year at the Academy focuses on the foundation of the ODS, the development of personal leadership competencies and Air Force knowledge, including:

    • Military structure
    • Air Force core competencies and distinctive capabilities
    • The enlisted force
    • Sister services
    • Employment of forces
  • Summer
    During Expeditionary, Survival and Evasion Training (ESET), contingency experienced personnel teach cadets skills including:

    • Setting up modular facilities and contingency utilities
    • Passive defense
    • Force protection
    • Secure individual and team movement
    • Survival and evasion skills

    Training begins with conceptual employment of forces to personal, hands-on Air Expeditionary Force deployment.

    Third-class year CE prepares cadets for increased levels of responsibility, helps them internalize standards essential for success and equips them with training and skills required of leaders. Exposure to the ODS focuses on establishing expectations, providing skills, exchanging feedback and ensuring professional growth of subordinate cadets. Cadets will also learn more about the basics of military communication and the Profession of Arms.

  • Academic Year
    Cadets develop interpersonal leadership competencies as supervisors of fourth-class cadets. Their character development also continues through workshops and Honor Education.
  • Summer
    This summer is spent practicing leadership principles and increasing understanding of the operational Air Force:

    • By serving as cadre members for BCT, ESET or as instructors in parachuting, soaring or navigation <Link to Airmanship Programs>, cadets directly contribute to the professional growth of other cadets.
    • During the two-week Operation Air Force program, cadets are sent to bases across the world and exposed to the roles, responsibilities and expectations of second lieutenants. Cadets experience interaction with limited officer and enlisted Air Force Specialty Codes (AFSCs) and gain a broad officer perspective on both support and operational squadrons.
  • Academic Year
    Cadets receive additional instruction in practical leadership and supervisory skills as they serve in senior non-commissioned officer (NCO) positions within squadron chain of command. Second-class cadets serve as technical experts in drill and ceremonies, personal appearance and room inspections and develop team leadership competencies to train third and fourth-class cadets. Their character development also continues through workshops and Honor Education.
  • Summer
    First-class cadets take the reins of command as Cadet Wing leadership, holding positions of responsibility within BCT, ESET and other underclass summer training programs.
  • Academic Year
    The CE course prepares first-class cadets to take on the role of a second lieutenant. Serving as cadet officers, they develop organizational leadership competencies to lead and supervise the professional development of the lower three cadet classes.