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Air Force Academy

2304 Cadet Drive  USAF Academy
Colorado Springs, CO 80840
Air Force Academy cadets

The United States Air Force Academy (also known as USAFA, the Air Force Academy, or the Academy), is a military academy for officer cadets of the United States Air Force. Its campus is located in the western United States in Colorado, immediately north of Colorado Springs in El Paso County.

The Academy’s stated mission is “to educate, train, and inspire men and women to become leaders of character, motivated to lead the United States Air Force in service to our nation.” It is the youngest of the five U.S. service academies, having graduated its first class 59 years ago in 1959, however it is the third in seniority. Graduates of the Academy’s four-year program receive a Bachelor of Science degree, and are commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Air Force. The Academy is also one of the largest tourist attractions in Colorado, attracting approximately a million visitors each year.

Admission is extremely competitive, with nominations divided equally among Congressional districts. Recent incoming classes have had about 1,200 cadets; historically, just under 1,000 of those will graduate. Tuition along with room and board are all paid for by the Air Force. Cadets receive a monthly stipend, but incur a commitment to serve a number of years of military service after graduation.

The program at the Academy is guided by the Air Force’s core values of “Integrity First, Service Before Self, and Excellence in All We Do“, and based on four “pillars of excellence”: military training, academics, athletics and character development. In addition to a rigorous military training regimen, cadets also take a broad academic course load with an extensive core curriculum in engineering, humanities, social sciences, basic sciences, military studies and physical education. All cadets participate in either intercollegiate or intramural athletics, and a thorough character development and leadership curriculum provides cadets a basis for future officership. Each of the components of the program is intended to give cadets the skills and knowledge that they will need for success as officers.

Arriving at the Academy

Report directly to the Military Personnel Section (MPS) upon arriving at the United States Air Force Academy. The MPS is located at 5136 Eagle Drive, Ste K102 within the Community Center. MPS duty hours are Mon, Tues, Thurs and Fri 0730-1530 or Wed 0730-1200. You are required to be in uniform with the following items: CAC card, sealed MPF package and 5 copies of your PCS orders.

The MPS personnel will do all they can to ensure you have a smooth transition into USAFA. Once the MPS is complete with their portion you will report to your unit of assignment or Commander Support Staff (CSS) for further in-processing. You will be asked to update your SGLI and vRED. Please ensure you have all required information to fill out these forms accurately.

The unit CSS should supply you with an internal checklist and schedule you for the mandatory base Newcomers Orientation (Newcomers is held the third Tuesday of each month at the Falcon Club).

If you arrive at USAFA after the posted MPS hours and have no lodging arrangements made, report to the Rampart Lodge, 3130 Academy Drive, (719) 333-4910 for your lodging needs.

Base Population

United States Air Force Academy has a total undergraduate enrollment of 4,276