Cadet Support Services
Adjusting to Academy Life
The United States Air Force Academy provides many resources for its cadets to help them adjust to their new lifestyle and develop as professional officers. If your son or daughter ever has trouble coping academically, physically or with any other aspect of Academy life, encouraging them to take advantage of these services will help guide them toward success.
Academic advisors help your cadet attain the highest level of academic success. Personnel in Curriculum and Scheduling Services are available to advise your cadet on course selection and scheduling, academic majors, and postgraduate scholarship opportunities.
The Student Academic Services Center offers courses and individualized instruction designed to increase academic performance. For cadets who would like to improve their time management, general study skills, reading and comprehension rate, writing skills, or who need tutoring in a specific core course, the Student Academic Services Center staff can help.
Jewish rabbis, Catholic priests, Muslim imams and Protestant ministers offer counseling in personal, moral and spiritual matters.
Cadet Personnel Office
Officers and noncommissioned officers (NCOs) in the cadet personnel office help your cadet select an initial U.S. Air Force or U.S. Space Force career field. They also advise cadets on personnel programs and policies which may affect their career goals.
The PEER (Personal Ethics and Education Representative) program is a volunteer, cadet-run program. Each cadet squadron is assigned two PEERs who are trained to be referral sources for cadets in need of help.
Mental Health Services
The Mental Health Clinic, under the Command Surgeon, offers complete psychiatric services.
Peak Performance Center
The Peak Performance Center (PPC), part of the Cadet Wing Culture and Climate Department, enhances the well-being and personal effectiveness of Academy cadets as they strive to become U.S. Air Force and Space Force officers.
This internationally accredited center meets the full range of cadet needs and is organized into four divisions: General Counseling Services, Human Relations, Sexual Assault Services and Substance Abuse Prevention Education. Counseling services include relationship issues, biofeedback, stress, adjustment to the Academy and military life, anxiety, self-esteem, eating problems, resolving childhood abuse, and surviving sexual assault experiences. The Peak Performance Center is also involved in a robust prevention, education and outreach program in the areas of substance abuse, sexual assault and human relations.
The staff comprises licensed social workers, psychologists, behavioral health technicians and certified alcohol abuse counselors who are well versed in the developmental, personal and military needs of the young men and women at the Academy. The staff is committed to the ethical obligation of serving each cadet while preserving his or her dignity and respect so that they may realize their full potential.
Sponsor Family Program
Cadets come from all over, and often their families live far from campus. Our sponsor family program is made up of local Academy supporters who provide a home away from home to Academy cadets. When visiting their sponsor families, cadets can relax and get away from the rigors of their normal schedules. Cadets benefit from the support and encouragement provided by people who truly understand what they are going through and often describe their sponsor families as “second parents.”
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 for you.