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Development and Integration Division

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The Development and Integration Division provides cadets with experiences and opportunities to learn and discuss what it means to serve as a leader of character in the Profession of Arms. Learn more about our various programs below.

Character and Leadership Programs

Each year, cadets take part in various character and leadership development courses, workshops and lectures.


Innovation connects the Cadet Wing with our nation’s distinguished veterans and their history in order to strengthen appreciation for Air Force heritage and enhance perspective on leading with┬ácharacter in the Profession of Arms.


LEAD 100, 200, 300 and soon to be 400 replace a core class previously offered during 2-degree year. Instead of a single 40-lesson course, content is delivered over four years (10 lessons/year) giving the cadets information to develop their leadership abilities along the way. Each focuses lessons on the PITO model (Personal, Interpersonal, Team, and Organizational). The emphasis of the course is growth for each cadet’s leadership journey. Faculty serve as content experts as well as leadership consultants, highlighting that leadership growth and opportunities are all around within the cadet’s day-to-day lives (military, academic, athletics, and social/extra-curricular activities).

Adventure/Experiential Based Learning (ABL)

Adventure/Experiential Based Learning (ABL) and the USAFA Ropes Course fosters growth, education, and training of USAFA cadets and permanent party, we look for opportunities that allow our people to learn, practice, sometimes fail, and be innovative. Falling in line with the USAFA organizational outcomes, the ROPES program offers opportunities that focus on developing leaders of character through experiences requiring critical thinking, resourcefulness, understanding one’s self and others, leadership and followership, creating clear communication, challenging judgement, respecting human dignity and building a warrior ethos within all who participate in our programs.

We facilitate this training by utilizing experiential tools such as low ropes course, high ropes course, portable team initiatives, adventure racing, and facilitator development training.

The ropes course is primarily for cadet development. Outside groups are welcome to submit requests, however not all requests can be met due to scheduling and staff limitations.

Ropes Course Request Form

For questions, contact usafa.ropescourse@usafa.edu or call (719) 333-6768 / (719) 333-5954.