United States Air Force Academy

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Preparatory School

Student Life

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A Day in the Life

A candidate starts the day early with morning formation for accountability. Following accountability, breakfast is served in the Dining Facility, then it’s straight to class until they break for lunch. After lunch, candidates will have one hour, each day for military training time. After military training, all members are offered Extra Instruction (EI) before the attending the three hours of athletics. Dinner is available in the evening then it’s time to hit the books for Academic Call to Quarters. Each day candidates are required to end each day in his or her room with TAPS and “lights out” in order to properly rest for the next day’s events.

All members share a 2-person room and every dorm has a twin-size bunk bed, wall locker, and desk. There is a proper location for everything you are allowed to have and you will be expected to keep your room in perfect order.

Members may own/possess a vehicle while attending the Preparatory School and if offered an appointment to the United States Air Force Academy, will have to dispose of the vehicle prior to arriving to Basic Cadet Training.

Local Attractions

Candidates earn pass privileges and accumulate chargeable leave throughout the year. Members can use their passes and leave opportunities to take advantage of the multitude of activities available throughout the Colorado Front Range Region. There are many hiking trails and outdoor activities in and around Colorado Springs. Denver is just 55 miles north and world-class ski resorts are approximately 100 miles from the campus. Candidates can enjoy the phenomenal experiences and attractions the state has to offer.