Character + Leadership (CCLD)
The Air Force Academy defines character as: “One’s moral compass, the sum of those qualities of moral excellence which compel a person to do the right thing despite pressure or temptations to the contrary.”
The Center for Character & Leadership Development (CCLD) aims to facilitate programs and activities throughout all aspects of cadet life, which help cadets develop this internal moral compass. The Center supports all eight pillars of the Academy Essence, in particular, developing character and leadership. The Center’s activities and initiatives are firmly grounded in its conceptual framework for character and leadership development, creating an environment where cadets and faculty alike “Own, Engage, and Practice” the habits of honorable thoughts and actions in line with an identity of a leader of character. CCLD’s objective is to graduate officers who:
Live honorably; consistently practicing the virtues embodied in the Air Force Core Values
- (Integrity First) Honesty, Courage, Accountability
- (Service Before Self) Duty, Loyalty, Respect
- (Excellence in All We Do) Mission, Discipline, Teamwork
Lift others to be their best possible selves
Elevate performance toward a common and noble purpose
For more information on the CCLD, please visit their website.
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