Hello, This is a dad posting. I understand when my child is sworn in on Jun 26, he will become a member of the USAF. I think it was Christcorp who explained that going to the USAFA is very similar to being enlisted, the only real differences are that the USAFA cadet's job is being a student (and all that it entails) at the Academy vs whatever job the enlisted person might have. Are the 4 years at the academy counted towards years of service to retirement? In other words, if at 20 years (I think that is correct) you get full retirement, are the 4 years at the academy counted towards that so you would have 16 more years of service or do you actually serve for 24 years (academy inclusive) to get the full retirement? Someone asked me at work and I had no idea. Thanks!