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Prep School FAQs

What are the completion requirements of the Prep School?

Each cadet candidate must demonstrate an aptitude for commissioned service and leadership, exhibit satisfactory conduct and personal integrity and have successfully met all physical, academic and military requirements.

If I complete the Prep School, will I automatically receive an appointment to the United States Air Force Academy?

Successful completion of the 10-month Prep School program is critical but not a guarantee of admission to the Academy – about 75 – 80 percent of cadet candidates will be offered appointments. The Prep School Commander will provide a recommendation to the Academy Board, as they are the final authority concerning appointments.

What are the housing arrangements for cadet candidates?

Cadet candidates live in the Prep School dorms from arrival to graduation. All dorms buildings are co-ed, but female cadet candidates reside on the first floor.

Will I be able to wear civilian clothes?

You will not be authorized to wear civilian clothing for the first few months at the Prep School. Later in the academic year, cadet candidates are granted privileges to wear civilian clothing.

How physically demanding is Basic Military Training (BMT)?

BMT involves rigorous physical exercise and training, including calisthenics and long runs, to ensure cadet candidates are at the necessary fitness level required of the Prep School, and the Academy. You should arrive in the best physical shape possible. You will be at over 7,000 feet above sea level and acclimating will be easier if you have prepared yourself physically.

Can my friends and family visit me?

Yes! We welcome and encourage friends and family to visit you during Parents’ Weekend, which falls on Labor Day weekend every year. After Parents’ Weekend, cadet candidates will begin earning privileges to leave base and visit with family and friends. They are also allowed to take leave during Thanksgiving, winter and spring break.

Will I be able to attend weekly religious services?

Religious accommodations are a high priority, but they also depend on mission requirements. Every effort will be made to accommodate your religious requests. For those faiths that are not serviced by the chapel on base, cadet candidates are normally afforded the opportunity to attend services in the local community.

When will I be able to go home or take leaving during the academic year?

When not on official leave, cadet candidates are required to remain within a 150-mile radius of the Academy. Official leave periods during which you can travel outside that radius include:

  • Five days for Thanksgiving
  • Two weeks for winter break
  • One week for spring break

Additional leave time that would cause you to miss academic or other military duties is only granted in exceptional circumstances.

Do cadet candidates wear uniforms and work like the active duty Air Force?

Cadet candidates wear Air Force uniforms and are subject to the same rules and regulations. The only difference is that instead of performing a specific job within the Air Force, your job is to be a cadet candidate. You will be expected to maintain military standards and are subject to the provisions of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ).

I attended the Prep School. Can I get a copy of my transcript?

Yes. We keep transcripts for 25 years after the graduation date, and they may be requested by former attendees at any time, and at no cost. Older transcripts may not be available. If you need a transcript, complete this form and email or fax it back to us. Requests take three to five business days to be processed.

How can I find out about employment opportunities at the Prep School?

Please visit usajobs.gov to search for current open positions!