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 cadet candidates to the Air Force lifestyle and focuses on the importance of teamwork.

You will be educated and tested on:

  • Air Force Core Values and the United States Air Force Academy Honor Code
  • The organization and heritage of the Air Force
  • Military customs and courtesies
  • Physical training
  • Military history
  • Drill and ceremonies
  • Proper wearing of uniforms and room inspections

All cadet candidates are held to the same standards as representatives of the Air Force – our goal is to prepare you to become leaders at the Academy and later, in your role as an officer.

Similarly to active duty life and the Cadet Wing at the Academy, cadet candidates are organized into squadrons – three in the case of the Prep School. Each squadron has a junior officer who acts as the Military Training Officer (MTO) and two non-commissioned officers (NCOs), known as Academy Military Trainers (AMTs). During BMT, MTOs and AMTs set high standards for the new cadet candidates, and throughout the academic year, they are expected to uphold and exceed those expectations. MTOs and AMTs are invaluable to the Prep School experience and provide examples of what it is to be a good officer or enlisted airman. They also function as:

  • Trainers
  • Mentors
  • Counselors/Advisors

Military education and training culminates with a Transition Exercise, or TX. It is designed to be a physical and mental review of everything the cadet candidates have learned and for those that are accepted into the Academy, preparation for Basic Cadet Training (BCT).