The Air Force Academy is one of the most selective colleges in the country. Start preparing now—junior high school is not too soon to meet the high admission requirements, intense competition for appointments, and the demands you’ll face at the Academy. It takes a well-rounded program of academic, physical, and leadership preparation to meet the challenge. In addition, you need dedication, a desire to serve others, the ability to accept discipline, and a sense of duty. Home-schooled students are as competitive for appointment as any other student—academic, athletic and leadership potential are evaluated just as any other applicant. Make your own decision to attend the Academy. Don’t let parents or friends make it for you. You will be the one facing the challenges. If you enjoy responsibility, welcome new experiences and opportunities, and like to excel and lead others, you have the attributes to become a successful cadet and Air Force officer.