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Middle School Student

Start Spreading Your Wings

It’s never too early to start preparing for the United States Air Force Academy, because the earlier you start, the better your potential to be accepted. There are four factors we look for in a future cadet: academics, athletics, leadership and character.

Potential Isn’t Promised, It’s Earned

Starting early and being prepared are your best shots for earning an appointment to the Academy. So how can you prepare for a future at
the Academy?

Study Hard

Get the best grades you can in all subjects—especially English, math and science.

Stay Active

Join a sports team. If your school does not have an after-school sports program, you can usually find one at your local community park or recreation center.

Become a Leader

Join a scouting program like Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts or Civil Air Patrol. Or join another local or school club and take on leadership positions like club president or secretary.

Demonstrate Character

Consider activities that help others. Get involved with church groups or other organizations that help members of your community.

Future Falcons

Set Yourself up for Success

If you are about to enter high school, you can register for our Future Falcons Program.

Future Falcons
  • Experience the Birthplace of Leaders

    How does it feel to trace the footsteps of some of our nation’s most revered leaders? Come see the United States Air Force Academy for yourself and find out.

  • If You Have Questions, Get Answers

    Our outreach programs can help you determine whether the U.S. Air Force Academy is right for you, as well as help you make your application as complete and competitive as possible.

  • How Can You Learn More

    The majority of our events are held in the fall and spring, with fewer events in the summer months. To learn more about the U.S. Air Force Academy, check for an event that may be convenient to you.