Why the Academy


The U.S. Air Force Academy Creates Leaders of Tomorrow

  • The U.S. Air Force Academy is more than an academic institution. We pair our world-class academics with a rigorous military component to create a unique challenge for our cadets. It's a challenge that may not be for everyone, but offers a huge reward for those who chose to attend.
  • Our students are offered academic and military experiences that push their limits so they can reach their full potential.
  • Our mission and commitment is to train leaders of character. Upon graduation, our students enter the workforce as Air Force officers, which allows them to focus on their undergraduate studies.



I think, students who are considering attending attaining the Air Force Academy, need to think carefully about it. This is a place that has a lot to offer but it's also not for everybody. There are a lot of challenges here that a lot of people honestly aren't up for.

Being here I've done more than I ever thought I could ever do with my entire life. I mean, you don't realize what your limits are until you've pushed all of them. And realized that you have incredible potential.

People who choose to come, the men or women I teach, for example, they're on every day.

Here at the Academy we're training leaders. But we're also training folks to be in our military. They're getting day to day live experience, on the job experience. Some of them are jumping out of planes, flying planes, running satellites. It's a grand experience.

The benefits of a military and an academic institution, they're exactly what you would think. You have an academic institution, so my students are doing the same things here that they were doing at Stanford. They're taking the same kinds of classes. They're just as rigorous. I can testify to that having been there.

When I graduated from college, I wasn't sure what I was going to do. And I did some of this and some of that. They know what they're doing when they're graduating. And knowing what you're doing the day after you graduate really focuses you as an undergraduate. The military and the academics are separate but they're also the same thing. They're two different ways of getting to the point.

I know, someday, I'm going to have an impact on lots of people. And I love that. I'm a totally different person. I'm still me but I'm a better me.


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