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Air Force Academy
The United States Air Force Academy is one of the finest
in the world. This is a coeducational institution of higher
learning. The Air Force Academy trains young
men and women to be officers in the US
The US Air Force Academy is a unit of the Department of the
Air Force. It is situated in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The
academy is one of the largest employers in the Colorado Springs
area. It chooses 1,500 cadets each year from thousands of
applicants. Graduates of the academy usually become fighter
pilots and commanders.
The US Air Force Academy came into being
on April 1, 1954 to prepare officers for the US Air Force.
The first batch of 306 cadets took oath on July 11, 1955 at
a temporary site at Lowry Air Force Base, Denver. It moved
to the present site on August 29, 1958 with a wing of 1,145
cadets. The academy received accreditation on 1959. The authorized
strength of the Cadet Wing increased to 4,417 on March 3,
1964. Later the academy reduced it to its present figure of
4,000. In 1975 the academy began admitting women. Today they
constitute about 13% of the cadet corps.
For enrolling into the US Air Force Academy, one needs to
be between 17 and 22 years in age. The applicants need to
have certain special physical and educational qualifications.
A nomination from some high up must accompany the application.
Those who can nominate applicants are the US President; the
Vice President; US Senators and Representatives; and the representatives
of the District of Columbia and the US territories. There
are certain special appointment categories. Those cover children
of needy veterans or career military personnel, regular and
reserve US Air Force, honor graduates of military and naval
schools and ROTC, children of Medal
of Honor recipients and foreign students.
The course at the US Air Force Academy is
of four-year duration. Besides standard academic subjects,
the curriculum covers military training, flight instruction
and athletics. Cadets receive a bachelor’s degree and
a position of second lieutenant in the US
Air Force at successful completion of the course.