Cadet Life

Day in the life


A Day in the Life of a U.S. Air Force Academy Cadet

  • A cadet's day is long, but rewarding.
  • Take a look at a day in the life of a Junior who also spends her time with the USAFA Falcons.
    • 6:30 AM - Personal time
    • 7:00 AM - Breakfast
    • 8:30 - 11:30 AM - Academic classes
    • 11:35 AM - Formation
    • 12:00 - Lunch
    • 1:45 PM - Unarmed combatives
    • 3:45 PM - Falconry practice
    • 7:00 PM - Dinner
    • 8:30 PM - Study
    • 11:00 PM - Bed time
  • The schedule will change from year to year and semester to semester. What will not change is the sense of pride and fulfillment.


My name is Angela Marie Villarreal. I've been here about two years. It did seem a little hard in the beginning. I knew there'd be challenges, but that's part of the reason I wanted to come here. It's because of the challenges.

So, I wake up at 6:30 in the morning, go to breakfast, which starts at 7. From there, I have class from 08:30 to 11:30. Today, I had electrical engineering, and law, then biology. 11:35 was formation, lunch is at 12. I have my unarmed combatives class at 13:45 to 15:00, falconry practice at 15:45 to about 17:00, 17:30.

So, this right here is a falconry team patch. The falcon is the official mascot of the Air Force Academy, and I'm really proud to be on the team. It's a cadet-run program-- you can get on the team if you're good at public speaking, decent with a crowd, decent with the birds, and good with the team.

Falconry is my fun part of the day. After that, I'll go to dinner with a few friends, and from there, I study all night and do my homework until taps or sometimes midnight-- depending on the load. It's a full day.

The best thing about this place is the opportunities that come with it. I've done so many things since I've been here-- I've jumped out of planes, I work with live birds of prey. My choice of coming to the Air Force Academy will definitely affect the rest of my life.

Female History

Day in the life

Typical Day at the Academy

Not All Work and No Fun

Clubs & Activities

The Dorm Life