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Schools for Air Force

The U.S. Air Force offers bright military careers for those who want to take their college experience to the next level. There are multiple schools that offer Air Force ROTC programs in addition to the traditional Air Force academies. Air Force ROTC is a college program that is offered at more than 1000 campuses across the country and prepares young men and women for leadership in the Air Force. You can locate a school by visiting

The Air Force's specific school is the Air Force Academy, which is among the most selective colleges of the United States. It is an accredited college for the undergraduate education of officer candidates for the United States Air Force. Graduates of the Academy's four-year program receive a Bachelor of Science degree, and most are commissioned as second lieutenants in the United States Air Force.

Forbesmagazine recently ranked the Academy the #2 public college in the United States and the #7 college overall in its "America's Best Colleges 2009" publication. You can read about its history and rankings from U.S. News & World Report.

Students at the Air Force Academy are referred to as cadets. As cadets, in addition to a rigorous military training regimen, cadets also take a broad academic course load with an extensive core curriculum in engineering, humanities, social sciences, basic sciences, military studies and physical education. All cadets must also participate in either intercollegiate or intramural athletics. Thorough character development and leadership curriculum provides cadets a basis for future officership. Each of the components of the program is intended to give cadets the skills and knowledge that they will need for success as officers.

Getting Into the Academy

To be eligible to enter the Academy, a candidate must:

  1. Be a citizen of the United States (unless nominated by an official of a country invited by the Department of Defense)
  2. Be unmarried with no dependents
  3. Be of good moral character
  4. Be at least 17, but less than 23 years of age by 1 July of the year of entry
  5. Meet high leadership, academic, physical and medical standards

In addition to the normal application process, all candidates must secure a nomination to the Academy, normally from a U.S. Senator or U.S. Representative. Each member of Congress and the Vice President can have five appointees attending the Air Force Academy at any time. The process for obtaining a congressional nomination is not political and candidates do not have to know their senator or representative to secure a nomination. In fact, by law, all US service academies require a nomination before an Appointment is offered. Additional nomination slots are available for children of career military personnel, children of disabled veterans or veterans who were killed in action, or children of Medal of Honor recipients.

Staff Colleges Specific to Air Force Training

  1. Air University, HQ at Maxwell AFB, Alabama
  2. Air Command and Staff College
  3. Air War College
  4. U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School

Air University, HQ at Maxwell AFB, Alabama

The United States Air Force Air University (AU) is one component of the U.S. Air Force's Air Education and Training Command with headquarters at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama. This is the primary education facility for professional military education for this branch. Founded in 1920, the school is organized into several colleges, including the Air Force Institute of Technology, Air Force Research Institute, Carl A. Spaatz Center for Officer Education, Curtis E. LeMay Center for Doctrine Development and Education, and Thomas N. Barnes Center forEnlisted Education. These schools teach a variety of subjects, such as officer accessions, citizenship education, space and aeronautic technology and other academic education.

Air Command and Staff College

The Air Command and Staff College is the intermediate professional military education school that is also located at Maxwell Air Force Base. This school prepares field grade and equivalent officers at all U.S. military services in grade O-4, such as majors and lieutenant commanders, in addition to international military officers and U.S. civil servants. The school prepares students to lead air, space and cyberspace forces in joint/combined operations. Founded in 1931, the school is organized into three parts: education and curriculum, services and support and distance learning.

Air War College

The Air War College is a part of other high level military schools at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama. The Air War College is focused on join operations for air, space and cyberspace. Founded in 1946 by the United States War Department, now known as the Department of Defense, the college has operated continuously except for a period of 6 months during the Korean War. The Air War College offers professional military education and is certified as a Joint Professional Military Education (JPME). The school emphasizes the development of skills and attributes required for all Air Force cadets.

U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School

Founded in 1944, the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School is the Air Force's advanced flight training school that trains experimental test pilots, flight test engineers and flight test navigators to carry out different evaluations and tests of new aerospace weapons systems, as well as other aircrafts used by the U.S. Air Force. The school was established to create a formal and standard test pilot training school to reduce the high accident rate that occurred during the 1940s, when the program first began.

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