The entire new class is processed into the Academy through Doolittle Hall, the home of the Association of Graduates (AOG). As they Inprocess, the soon to be Basics receive their credentials, learn some of the history of the Academy, and prepare to board the bus to the Academy grounds.
Family and friends can accompany the Basics through inprocessing until they reach the stairs at the AOG. It is at this point that the goodbyes are said and the Journey begins.
Swearing In Ceremony
Held the morning after Inprocessing, the Swearing In Ceremony is held on the Terrazzo and can be viewed from the Chapel Wall. Parents do not get the opportunity to interact with their Basics, but they can watch the ceremony and see their cadets in uniform with their new haircuts.
Basic Cadet Training
Basic Cadet Training (BCT) happens the summer prior to entering the Academy. Not yet considered Cadets, the Basic Cadets (Doolies) must complete two parts of BCT. Click here for BCT FAQ and here for USAFA BCT web link.
BCT 1 is held primarily on the ‘Hill’; the secure area of the Academy. The Basics learn to march, maintain their personal areas to standard, and learn the multitude of information and facts that provide the foundation for their Academy Career.
BCT2 is held in Jacks Valley, a remote area of the Academy grounds where the Basics are put through various physical, military and mental challenges while living in tents in deployed conditions.
Held at the end of BCT and immediately prior to the start of the academic year, Acceptance is a formal ceremony marking the Acceptance of the Basic Cadets into the Cadet Wing and receive their shoulder board. It is at this point that the Basic Cadets become Cadets 4th Class (C4C). Family and friends are allowed to attend Acceptance have a couple of hours to interact with their Cadets and have lunch
Recognition marks the transition of the Fourth Class cadets to upper class status. Recognition takes place in March of the Fourth Class Year, and consists of wing and squadron-run training, challenge courses and events, speakers, ‘Run to the Rock’ a “Prop and Wing” ceremonies, concluding with a celebratory dinner Saturday evening. Parents do not attend Recognition, but can celebrate the 4th Class cadets on their achievement by sending care packages timed to arrive at the end of Recognition and by supporting their Class Spirit Mission which provide a commemorative gift (usually a Challenge Coin) to all 4th Class cadets.
The Exemplar Dinner for the third class takes place during the fall semester. Since the Class of 2000, each class has chosen someone who “exemplifies” the type of person the class wishes to emulate. The third-class cadets celebrate this selection at a formal dinner, which Legacy Class members are invited to attend.
Commitment Dinner for the second class takes place at the start of the fall semester. Once the cadets return to the Academy for their second class year, they incur the financial or active duty “commitment” for their education if they depart the Academy prior to graduation. Members of the Legacy Class are invited to attend the Commitment dinner to celebrate with the second-class cadets.
Ring Dining-Out for the second class takes place the Friday evening prior to Graduation. Members of the Legacy Class are invited to attend the Dining-Out to join with the second-class cadets where they eat, listen to a guest speaker, and watch the class receive their rings.
100′s night for the first-class cadets takes place approximately 100 nights before graduation. It is an opportunity for the first-class cadets to join with the Legacy Class and celebrate 100 days to graduation and commission as second lieutenants. Cadets also receive their base assignments and are given liberty for the weekend to celebrate.