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The Breakdown: Stats on the Air Force Academy’s class of ‘22


(Photo/Trevor Cokley)

By Ray Bowden, U.S. Air Force Academy Public Affairs

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. – Nearly 1,000 Air Force and Space Force officers graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in a ceremony at Falcon Stadium May 25.

In all, 863 class of ’22 cadets were commissioned into the Air Force and 94 were commissioned into the Space Force as second lieutenants. Sixteen international cadets graduated with their U.S. classmates.

The Breakdown

This information is based on data from the Academy’s operations and analysis office released May 23.

— 1,434 men and women received appointments into the Class of 2022 and 1,182 were inducted

— 75% of the graduating class are men and 25% are women

— 33.3% are racial and ethnic minorities

— 44.3% are potentially qualified to become pilots

— The average high school GPA for the class of 2022 was 3.78; the average SAT score was 664 evidence based reading, writing and 694 math; the average ACT score was 31.3 English, 31.3 reading, 30.0 math and 30.6 science reasoning

Scheduled to Graduate

Scheduled to graduate May 25 were 973 cadets: 713 men and 260 women and 16 international cadets from Cameroon, Gambia, Georgia, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mongolia, Niger, Romania, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand.

The Class of 2022 includes 326 minorities: 99 Hispanics, 91 African Americans, 108 Asians, 10 Native Americans and 18 Pacific Islanders with some cadets listed as minorities counted in more than one racial category.

— 673 cadets in the Class of 2022 are not minorities

— 144 Class of 2022 graduates attended the U.S Air Force Academy Preparatory School and 51 graduates were enlisted Airmen.

— The attrition rate for the graduating class was 15.5%

— 54 cadets have one parent who graduated from the Academy and 15 cadets have two parents who graduated. Forty one cadets are the second child in their family to graduate, and four are the third child in their family to graduate. The Class of 2022 contains one set of twins.

Service Commitment

Four-hundred-seventeen graduates are scheduled to attend pilot training; 11 are scheduled for combat systems operator training; nine are scheduled for air battle manager training; and 24 are scheduled to be remotely piloted aircraft officers. In all, 461 will enter rated career fields and 382 nonrated career fields.

Graduates incur a five-year service commitment and an additional concurrent service commitment, depending on the training, schooling or scholarships they receive. Graduates attending pilot training have an active duty service commitment of 10 years after receiving their pilot’s wings.

Combat systems operators, remotely piloted aircraft sensor operators and airborne battle managers incur a six-year commitment. Graduates completing airborne battle manager training incur two concurrent service commitments, a five-year service academy graduate commitment and a six-year airborne battle manager commitment.

With the Class of 2022, 53,198 men and women have commissioned into the Air Force and 293 men and women have commissioned into Space Force.