THE MISSION OF THE U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY IS TO EDUCATE, TRAIN, AND INSPIRE MEN AND WOMEN TO BECOME LEADERS OF CHARACTER, MOTIVATED TO LEAD THE U.S. AIR FORCE IN SERVICE TO OUR NATION.
The U.S. Air Force Academy’s purpose is developing women and men to lead as officers in the U.S. Air Force. The Academy focuses its efforts on producing leaders of character — officers who, above all, exemplify the U.S. Air Force’s core values of “integrity first, service before self and excellence in all we do.” Building on the foundation of integrity, the U.S. Air Force Academy forges cadets, through academic, military and athletic training, into resilient, innovative airmen who understand and appreciate the full spectrum application of airpower in air, space and cyberspace and are able to operate and lead in the most challenging environments.
The Academy doesn’t just graduate lieutenants — it develops leaders of character. From the application process to the first day of Basic Cadet Training to final exams, the Academy seeks out and trains cadets to adhere to qualities of moral excellence.
This character and leadership development is as much a part of the Academy experience as academics, athletics and military training. It is built into specific programs, and more importantly, into the foundation of the Academy — its mission, core values and vision.
TO BE THE AIR FORCE’S PREMIER INSTITUTION FOR DEVELOPING LEADERS OF CHARACTER
The U.S. Air Force Academy is a world-class institution providing an immersive, comprehensive developmental experience to produce the world’s most innovative, resilient and committed leaders of character. We are an elite installation that combines top-tier education, facilities and infrastructure in a superior training environment, with historic and iconic structures that inspire our cadets by linking them to the Air Force’s legendary heritage and boundless future. We provide an intensive immersion in leadership training and officer development that is founded on integrity, built on the pillars of academic, military and athletic excellence, which inculcates in our cadets a spirit of selfless service to our nation. The Academy fosters a culture of commitment and climate of respect, and focuses future leaders on innovation and continual improvement. The Academy produces air-minded leaders and career officers with the character, critical thinking skills and strategic agility to lead our nation’s Air Force today and into the future. America is — and always will be — an aerospace nation. We are its Academy.
INTEGRITY FIRST. SERVICE BEFORE SELF. EXCELLENCE IN ALL WE DO.
First and foremost, our officers must be leaders of character who have internalized and exhibit the Air Force’s core values. These core values of integrity, service and excellence are central to everything we do as an institution in developing our future leaders and should focus the efforts of our cadets, faculty, staff and mission elements on a daily basis.
Excellence inspires us to develop a sustained passion for innovation, continuous improvement and superior performance at the personal, unit and institutional levels. Additionally, leaders of character must be trained professionals who have the skills and abilities to excel as operators and leaders in today’s Air Force and the agility and resilience to adapt and win in the future global environment.
Integrity drives us to do what is right even when no one is looking. It is the moral compass and the basis for the trust that is imperative in today’s military. It encompasses honesty, courage, justice, responsibility and accountability.
Service makes us realize that professional duties take precedence over personal desires. Service is exhibited through rule-following, discipline, respect and self-control.