United States Air Force Academy

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Life at the Prep School begins with an 18-day indoctrination into the military known as Basic Military Training (BMT). BMT is designed to transition Prep School appointees into the profession of arms. Basic cadet candidates are exposed to the Air Force lifestyle, discipline, and the importance of teamwork. Basics who successfully complete BMT promote to cadet candidate status and begin the academic year.

Cadet candidates are exposed to the following curriculum through the military training program:

  • Air Force Core Values and the United States Air Force Academy Honor Code
  • Organization and heritage of the Air Force
  • Military customs and courtesies
  • Physical training
  • Military history
  • Drill and ceremonies
  • Proper uniform wear, dress and appearance, and room inspections

All cadet candidates are held to the same standards as representatives of the Air Force – our goal is to prepare them to become leaders at the Academy and later, in their roles as Air Force officers.

Cadet candidates are organized into squadrons to mirror the Cadet Wing at the Academy and the active duty Air Force construct. The Cadet Candidate Group consists of three squadrons, each led by a company grade officer who acts as the Assistant Director of Operations (ADO), and two non-commissioned officers (NCOs) known as Academy Military Trainers (AMTs). ADOs and AMTs set high standards for cadet candidates throughout the Prep School experience, and represent the best of the active duty Air Force by serving as trainers, mentors, counselors, and advisors.

Military education and training culminates with a Transition Exercise (TX), designed to physically and mentally challenge cadet candidates in their final quest to be ready for Basic Cadet Training (BCT).