Frequently Asked Questions
Why does Basic Cadet Training last six weeks?
The transformation of civilian appointees into military academy cadets in under six weeks is no small undertaking. Every day of Basic Cadet Training is essential to this rapid assimilation into military culture, standards and values. Additionally, the U.S. Air Force and Department of Defense require that mandatory lessons, training, placement exams, medical appointments, orientations, uniform and equipment issue and other actions for all Basic Cadets take place within a very specific timeframe after arrival at the Academy. These requirements currently take a total of 38 days to accomplish.
Why does Basic Cadet Training start the last week of June?
Basic Cadet Training does not start earlier than the last week of June, as many incoming cadets do not graduate from high school until mid-June. Basic Cadet Training ends the first week of August, before the academic year and intercollegiate athletics training begin.
Why do upper class cadets train new cadets?
As part of our mission to develop leaders of character, the Academy uses Basic Cadet Training as a leadership laboratory for upper class cadets who receive specialized training from military training instructors to prepare for their role as instructors, known as Cadet Cadre. The Cadet Cadre execute the Basic Cadet Training mission under the supervision of officer and enlisted experts. Completing summer leadership programs such as Basic Cadet Training is a graduation requirement for upper class cadets.
What happens if a cadet can’t complete Basic Cadet Training?
All cadets are required to meet Basic Cadet Training standards and complete the training. Every opportunity and attempt are made to assist, mentor and train cadets so they can complete the training. If leadership feels a cadet is unable to physically or mentally complete the requirements after every attempt has been made to assist them, the cadet will meet a board of officers who will recommend disenrollment, deferment to the next Basic Cadet Training class, or continuation of Basic Cadet Training.