Cadets lead very busy lives. Practically every moment of their day is accounted for, from the moment they wake up until the moment they go to bed. When they are not active with academics, athletics, military duties or character development, they are busy fitting in personal interest time. For more on what to expect, see what life is like as a cadet.
Almost immediately, you will notice your child speaking with greater maturity, an increased sense of responsibility, and expanded insight — and with several acronyms that may be hard to understand at first. With time, you will get to know what they are talking about. You can also reference our glossary to learn how to speak academy.
Though contact may be sparse at times, it is important for parents to stay involved in their cadet’s life, communicate and remain supportive. During Basic Cadet Training (BCT) receiving a simple card or letter from friends and family can lift your cadet’s spirits and provide much needed encouragement.
After BCT, email is probably the best way to communicate with your child, as their Academy-provided personal computers become a central part of their daily lives.
Even when cadets are unable to respond to letters or emails due to time constraints, they still yearn for and need that contact from their loved ones, as well as a sense of connection to the outside world. Try not to become frustrated or discouraged at the lack of regular communication from your son or daughter.
Know also that your child’s safety and well-being is our top priority at all times. We maintain strict accountability for family and emergency contact information. If the safety of your child is ever in question, you will be the first one we call.
In case of a family emergency that requires you to contact your child immediately, keep your child’s squadron Air Officer Commanding (AOC) contact information handy.
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