More Cadet Support Services
In addition to family support, cadets can look to the United States Air Force Academy for assistance in any area that they need help. Many sources provide counseling to help your cadet adjust to their new lifestyle and develop as a professional officer. Cadets can visit them whether they want someone to talk to or need more complete guidance.
If your son or daughter communicates that they are having trouble coping academically, physically or with any other aspect of Academy life, suggesting that they take advantage of these services is one way to guide them towards increased success.
Academic Advisors help your cadet gain the most satisfaction from cadet life and attain the highest degree of academic success in their courses. Personnel in Curriculum and Scheduling Services advise your cadet on course selection and scheduling, academic majors and post graduate scholarship opportunities.
The Student Academic Services Center offers courses and individualized instruction designed to increase cadet academic performance. If a cadet would like to improve time management, general study skills, reading rate and comprehension, writing skills or needs tutoring in a specific core course, the Student Academic Service Center staff can help. Information on graduate scholarship opportunities is also available.
Cadet Personnel Office
Officers and Noncommissioned officers (NCOs) in the cadet personnel office help your cadet select their initial Air Force career field. They also advise cadets of personnel programs and policies, which may affect their career goals.
Peak Performance Center
The Peak Performance Center (PPC) is part of the Cadet Wing Culture and Climate department. The primary goal of the center is to enhance the well-being and personal effectiveness of Academy cadets as they strive to become Air Force officers. The internationally accredited center combines the types of service provided at major colleges and universities with the services unique to a federal military academy in order to meet the full range of cadet needs. The Peak Performance Center is organized into four divisions: General Counseling Services, Human Relations, Sexual Assault Services and Substance Abuse Prevention Education. Counseling services include, but are not limited to relationship issues, biofeedback, stress, adjustment to the Academy and military life, anxiety, self-esteem, eating problems, resolving childhood abuse and surviving sexual assault experiences. The Peak Performance Center is also involved in a robust prevention, education and outreach program in the areas of substance abuse, sexual assault and human relations.
The PPC takes great pride in the availability of services to cadets. The staff is comprised of licensed social workers, psychologists, behavioral health technicians and certified alcohol abuse counselors, well versed in the developmental, personal and military needs of the young men and women at the Academy. The staff is committed to the ethical obligation to serve the welfare of each person while preserving their dignity and respect. Thus, the center is a capable resource whose fundamental purpose is to serve cadets and help them realize their potential.
The PEER (Personal Ethics and Education Representative) program is a volunteer cadet-run program. Each cadet squadron has two PEERs assigned who are trained to be a referral source to cadets in need of help.
A Jewish rabbi, Catholic priests, Muslim chaplain, and Protestant ministers offer counseling in personal, moral and spiritual matters. The Mental Health Clinic, under the Command Surgeon, offers complete psychiatric service.
Spiritual and Religious Activities
The Cadet Chapel is an architectural wonder recognized around the world and is Colorado’s most visited manmade attraction. Designed by architect Walter Netsch, the cadet chapel was declared a U.S. National Historic Landmark in 2004. Our chaplains are selectively staffed by the Chief of Chaplains to develop leaders of character through spiritual formation by means of worship, religious education, retreats, music programs, community service projects and counseling. While the chaplains subscribe to various faith traditions, they serve to provide spiritual care and facilitate the free exercise of religion for all military members assigned to the Academy, regardless of religious preference. Chaplains advise leadership regarding issues of religious respect and accommodation. Additionally, chaplains maintain absolute confidentiality by offering cadets the privilege of discussing personal matters without chain of command notification. A Cadet Chaplain and Chaplain Assistant are assigned to each of the four cadet groups.
The center of religious activities for the cadet wing, contains Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish worship areas, as well as an all-faith worship room and an Earth Centered worship area. Chaplains provide all cadets daily opportunities for worship and regularly visit cadet-training areas. Many cadets attend optional service, taking advantage of the chance to grow spiritually. Cadets may participate by sharing worship leadership and planning or serve in various ways. Cadets may also attend church and teach Sunday school classes in local religious education programs when not on duty, and participate in one or more cadet fellowship organizations.
Sponsor Family Program
Cadets come from all across the nation, and often their families live far from campus. Our sponsor family program is made up of local Academy supporters who are willing to provide a home-away-from-home to Academy cadets. In visiting their sponsor families, cadets can relax and get away from the rigors of their normal schedule. Our sponsor families enjoy watching cadets mature from freshman to confident graduates. Cadets appreciate the emotional support and encouragement provided by people who truly understand what they are going through, and often describe sponsor families as “second parents.”
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