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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Summer at USAFA is a time to concentrate on programs that you choose to be a part of and bond with other cadets...
Tori Szala Cadet Second Class (Junior)

One of the reasons I chose to attend the Academy was because of the cool experiences afforded to cadets. A lot of these opportunities occur during the summer months, making it one of the best times of year to be at USAFA. During the first three weeks of sophomore summer I had a chance to go home, relax, and decompress. Some of my classmates chose to give up this break period in order to take a class and get ahead or volunteer. When I came back in June, I started jump training. This is the only program in the world where your first skydive is solo. Our days started out at about 4 in the morning, but it was worth it to be able to jump out of a perfectly good airplane and save your own life. My classmates who didn’t take Jump spent their airmanship program learning to fly gliders or drones. Lastly, I went through survival training. We spent a lot of time in Jacks Valley learning survival and evasion techniques, shooting guns, and learning small group tactics with simmunitions. The last few days of ESET were spent living on our own in the woods with a small group of our classmates. This summer, I’m looking forward to a free trip to France for three weeks in order to learn the language and culture at a school in Tours. When I get back, I’ll have the opportunity to train the new basic cadets as a cadre for first Basic Cadet Training. After that, all the juniors will spend three weeks at an Air Force Base with a small group of our cadets getting firsthand experience of day to day life as an Air Force Officer. Summer at USAFA is a time to concentrate on programs that you choose to be a part of and bond with other cadets you wouldn’t normally see during the school year. My advice is to take full advantage of these opportunities and to make your summer worthwhile.

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