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The United States Air Force Academy is one of the finest military universities 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 Air Force.

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.


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