Understanding the steps Is Critical.

The United States Air Force Academy is a competitive environment. Just applying to the Academy requires focus and determination. Here, learn each step of the process and the requirements you must meet to compete for appointment.


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Character Assessment

The United States Air Force Academy wants individuals of high moral character to further develop into future leaders of the Air Force and our nation. Our Admissions process includes a qualitative review of character factors. Each applicant’s character assessment consists of:

Admissions Liaison Officer Interview

As part of the admissions process, you must meet with an Air Force Academy Admissions representative called an Admissions Liaison Officer (ALO). You are encouraged to contact your ALO at your earliest opportunity to schedule your personal interview. Treat this as a job interview, as it is an important piece of our holistic review.

During your interview, you may ask any questions you have about the Air Force Academy or Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC). This is your chance to personalize the selection process and communicate directly with Admissions selection panel members who will review your application file.

Your ALO can also help you throughout the admissions process. The majority of ALOs are Air Force officers (either Reserve, Air National Guard, retired or active-duty) who are knowledgeable about the Academy. They are qualified to assist you in all aspects of admission, to answer any questions you might have about the Academy or to discuss what it means to be an officer in the Air Force. In addition, ALOs provide counseling for the Air Force ROTC commissioning program.

To contact an ALO near you, see Find Your Admissions Liaison Officer.

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Teacher’s Evaluation

The School Official’s Evaluation (USAFA Form 145) is critical to your application. We use three teacher evaluations to gain further insight into your academic preparation and your character. You can print the form from the status page of your online application.

If you are in high school, these evaluations MUST come from your 11th or 12th grade English instructor, Math instructor, and one other instructor (preferably a Science instructor, but may be History, etc.).

If you are in college, you can have your college instructors complete the evaluations. Homeschoolers can have individuals within their community who know them well complete the forms.

Letters of Recommendation

Letters of recommendation are not required, however, we strongly encourage them. You may submit up to, but no more than, two letters from individuals who know you well and can speak about your character, integrity, leadership abilities and experiences.

These letters are in addition to the required teacher evaluations, and should therefore be from individuals different from the instructors who will complete the School Official’s Evaluation (USAFA Form 145).

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Writing Sample Submission

In the writing sample section of the online application (USAFA Form 0-878), you will have a choice of providing a written response to two out of three questions. The resulting writing sample will be used to evaluate your background and aptitude for commissioned service.

The writing sample provides you the opportunity to speak directly to the Admissions selection panel in your own words. Your responses should reflect the unique aspects and experiences of your life. They should reflect who you are using specific, concrete details. They should also clearly demonstrate critical thinking, organizational and grammatical abilities.

Responses can be a maximum of 3,000 characters.

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Personal Data Record Review

The information provided in the Candidate Personal Data Record (USAFA Form 146) allows the selection panel a holistic review of your file. Note that you must type your name in the last block of this form exactly as it appears on your birth certificate.

For the arrest and/or citation record, be sure to include all incidents, including traffic violations. Provide complete details (date, location, charge, monetary amount of fine, points assessed, community service, required classes, etc.).

Please provide a detailed explanation in your own words of each incident. You may include a copy of official court/police documents in addition to your statement if you wish.

Include any cases in which the record may have been expunged or sealed, including juvenile records. Your application will not be evaluated unless a complete and detailed description of each incident is provided.

If you are appointed to the Air Force Academy, any probation, deferred sentencing, or community service must be completed prior to inprocessing. Failure to report any such incidents may be grounds for withdrawal of an appointment or subsequent dismissal from the Air Force Academy.

If you are appointed and subsequently involved in an incident you must report it to the admissions office immediately. If selected as a cadet, a complete background investigation will be accomplished for purposes of granting a security clearance.

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Drug and Alcohol Abuse Certificate

To receive access to this portion of the online application, you must contact your Admissions Liaison Officer and receive instructions.

The USAF Drug and Alcohol Abuse Certificate (AF Form 2030) will be grayed out (no access) until you receive instructions from your ALO. These instructions can be received over the phone or in person.

After your ALO has discussed this section of the application with you, he/she will open this portion of the application. Once you have access, please read the “Definition of Terms” carefully and complete the drug and alcohol abuse certificate. Carefully read all items of the “Certification at the Time of Application” and “Statements of Understanding.” Be sure you understand each before you mark the appropriate blocks. You MUST answer all appropriate boxes.

Note: While past experimentation with marijuana is not necessarily disqualifying, current use detected during your Medical Evaluation by DODMERB will be disqualifying.

Recertification at Time of Appointment

If you are appointed to the Air Force Academy, you will be required to complete a new (paper) copy of AF Form 2030 with your full legal signature upon entry into the Air Force Academy, and recertify that what you verified on your original submission is still true.

Any abuse of drugs or alcohol after you sign the 2030 and before In-Processing Day may cause us to withdraw your appointment. If you are appointed and subsequently involved in an incident you must report it to the admissions office immediately. Should that occur, you would not be entitled to any travel expense reimbursement or travel home at government expense.

Enlisted Airmen Only: In addition to completing the online Air Force Form 2030, you must provide a copy of your Air Force Form 2030 that you filled out upon enlisting. Contact your Military Personnel Flight (MPF) for a copy and either fax or mail it to USAFA Admissions.

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