Putting the Academy into Perspective

The best way to discover the United States Air Force Academy is through the eyes of the cadets who experience it everyday. Read their first hand accounts to get a closer look at everyday life in the Academy.

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I came here for the education and to become an officer, but I stayed here because of the people.
Briana Dutcher Cadet First Class (Senior)

I love being a cadet and am excited to start a career in the Air Force in about nine short months. I am from a small town in Northern California and am the first person in my family to join the military. Being a management major, many of my academic classes now consist of topics such as accounting, finance, human resource management, marketing, and other exciting subjects! On a normal day, I go to 3 or 4 classes then attend intramurals (right now I’m on my squadron’s soccer team), give a tour of the Academy to prospective applicants, do homework, or work on things for my subordinates, the underclassmen. This past summer, I spent a month in Kuwait and this coming summer I will be spending 3 weeks in Israel shadowing the Israeli Defense Force as well as working Basic Cadet Training. When I’m not doing school work, athletics, or military duties, I like to hang out with my friends, travel, do outdoors activities, read, and watch movies. There are two things that most surprised me about the Academy. The first one was academics. I was not truly prepared for the academics upon my admission. It was not even that the work was too hard for me; it’s that I had time management issues and was not setting aside as much time as I needed to study. If you’re applying to USAFA, be prepared. The second most surprising thing was the people, the cadets specifically. The cadets here are, in my opinion, the best people in the world. They are the most incredible, hilarious, creative, interesting, loyal, and dedicated individuals that I have ever had the privilege of knowing. I am humbled every day to be among their masses and to have been shaped in some way by them. We have laughed, cried, sweated, bled, studied, celebrated, and grown right alongside each other. That is an experience I would have never traded and I cannot thank them enough for the impact they have had on me. I came here for the education and to become an officer, but I stayed here because of the people.

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