Colorado Springs, CO. (August 8, 2022): There are few accomplishments in life that match graduating from basic military training, and it shows on the faces of sheer joy as these young cadets begin their journey in the Air Force.
Acceptance Day for Air Force Academy recruits comes after 6 weeks of grueling basic training, where their physical and mental courage was tested, and where they learned to perform as a team.
The Air Force became a separate service in 1947 and the Academy was established in 1954 with a class of 306 men training at Lowry Air Force Base, Colorado. Women were finally allowed into the Academy by President Gerald Ford in 1975 and the Air Force graduated its first officers class including women in July 1980. Interestingly, one of the graduates from this very class became the Academy’s first female superintendent, Lieutenant General Michelle Johnson.
After graduation, each cadet commits to serving at least five years on active duty and, as officers, will hold their commissions for life. It is truly heartwarming to see the expressions of hope and optimism of these brave young Americans who choose to serve their country.
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