USAFA Preparatory School



Developing Officers of Character

The U.S. Air Force Academy builds officers of character throughout the four-year experience.

USAFA cadets live by an honor code.

Cadets learn to make hard decisions and truly learn to lead under the USAF core values: Integrity, Service and Excellence.


Officers of character I think are developed through a series of many years working in an environment where they're constantly seeing that role modelled for them. And it's that personal interaction that we have that helps us to develop them as leaders.

The Academy develops officers of character in a variety of ways.

We have an honor code. I mean everybody knows that we will not lie, steal, or cheat nor tolerate among us anyone who does.

And one of the great things is our core values. It symbolizes everything that we are-- integrity first, service before self, and excellence in all we do.

But being honorable is more than that. It's more on you.

There are hard choices that we have to make in life. Asking them to think about those sorts of things and helping students to craft strong moral fiber so that they can make those tough choices when they have to.

So it's definitely a commitment for them.

They have to make these decisions. They have to call each other out and have integrity in everything that they do.

When you see someone do something wrong, you step up and you say, hey, that's not right. And that really develops your character, especially if you're going to be an officer someday.

The academy gives you opportunities and gives you the leadership opportunities to build your character, build your leadership, and build your knowledge about what it takes to be a good officer and take care of your people.

You're developing people. And what you do for these people is what their future is going to be.

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