Professional Military Education

The purpose of the Air Force Academy is to produce air, space and cyberspace leaders of character with vision for
tomorrow—officers who ascribe to our Core Values of integrity first, service before self, and excellence in all we do.
To that end, we seek to ensure that each graduate enters the Air Force with a unique combination of education and
experience—military, athletic, academic, ethical—designed to produce leaders of character who have special qualities.
The experiences are largely intellectual and physical challenges. The challenges begin in Basic Cadet Training and
continue across the next four years. Meeting those challenges requires dedication, character, sacrifice, stamina and
courage.