Class of 2023 by the Numbers

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The Air Force Academy’s Class of 2023 reports for basic training June 27, bringing with it a near-20 percent uptick in the number of cadets with the potential to become pilots.

According to the Admissions Office at the school, 727 new cadets – 63.4 percent of the class – are qualified to become pilots, a very noticeable rise from last year’s number of 520 – 44.4 percent of the Class of 2022.

In all, 1,147 young men and women are slated to report for Basic Cadet Training. That’s 323 women and 824 men, so the Class of 2023 looks to be 28.2 percent women and 71.8 percent men.

— Last year, 1,170 trainees were accepted into the Class of 2022. That’s 295 women representing 25.2 percent and 875 men comprising 74.8 percent of the student body.

This Year, Last Year

One-Hundred-twenty new trainees identify as Hispanic and 1,007 do not.

— Last year, 119 identified as Hispanic and 1,051 did not.

Three-hundred-sixty-seven trainees are minorities. One-hundred-nineteen are African-American; six are Native American; 105 are Asian; and 17 are Pacific Islanders. Twenty new trainees did not confirm their ethnic identity.

–Last year, 397 basic trainees identified as minorities; 133 identified as African-American; 15 identified as Native American; 111 identified as Asian; 19 identified as Pacific Islander; and 58 did not confirm their ethnic identity.

Seven-hundred-twenty-seven are medically qualified to become pilots; 389 are medically qualified to become navigators; and 31 have undetermined status regarding their specific career qualifications.

— Last year, 520 were medically qualified to become pilots; 136 were medically qualified to become navigators, and 513 were medically qualified to receive a commission other than in the pilot or navigator specialties.

Two-hundred-eighty-six basic trainees are recruited athletes.

Along with English and Spanish, the Class of 2023 includes trainees who speak Akan, American Sign Language, Czech, French, German, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Tagalog and Vietnamese.

One-hundred-seventy-seven are first in their families to attend a college.

— Last year, 170 were the first in their families to attend a college.

One-hundred-forty-four are children of single-parent families.

— Last year, 138 were the children of single-parent families.

Sixty-six were formerly enlisted service members.

— Last year, 59 were formerly enlisted service members.

Eighty-eight are children of at least one parent who graduated from a U.S. service academy. Sixty-five are children of a parent who graduated from the Air Force Academy; three are children of a parent who graduated from the Naval Academy; 17 are children of a parent who graduated the U.S. Military Academy at West Point; one is the child of a parent who graduated from the Coast Guard Academy; and two are children of a parent who graduated from the Merchant Marine Academy.

— Last year, 114 were children of U.S. service academy graduates. Seventy-nine were children of Air Force Academy graduates; 15 were children of West Point graduates; 16 were children of Naval Academy graduates; and four were children of Coast Guard Academy graduates.

https://www.usafa.edu/news/basic-cadet-training-the-breakdown-for-af-the-academys-class-of-23/


Stealth_81

 
Along with English and Spanish, the Class of 2023 includes trainees who speak Akan, American Sign Language, Czech, French, German, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Tagalog and Vietnamese.

I am assuming that most of those languages listed were not learned in school but rather spoken at home.

I can imagine that many 1st and 2nd generation immigrant families would consider the SA's to be the ultimate achievement for their sons and daughters. Let's hope it stays that way and that the aspirations never fade. It is an advantage this country has over all of our peers, competitors, and enemies.
 
Would like to see the numbers of prior enlisted personnel rise to their limit which is 100 I believe.
 
I emphatically concur that our Air Force should be maximizing the opportunity for our Airmen to attend our Academy. Unfortunately, there are some that do not believe this and choose to allow trivial administrative requirements that could be waived to prevent qualified Airmen from even submitting their application to USAFA. I would be happy to discuss specifics with anyone that has the ability to remove these obstacles placed in the paths of our aspiring Airmen.
 
Would like to see the numbers of prior enlisted personnel rise to their limit which is 100 I believe.
It's 170. 85 active duty and 85 reserve/guard.
And that's the limit for Secretary noms. Remember that they can still qualify for regular Congressional, Vice Presidential, Presidential, etc noms as well depending on their particular circumstances.

As for impediments, I do know that the Navy tries very hard to garner interest from the enlisted ranks but has a lot of trouble getting real numbers of applicants.
 
Would like to see the numbers of prior enlisted personnel rise to their limit which is 100 I believe.
It's 170. 85 active duty and 85 reserve/guard.
And that's the limit for Secretary noms. Remember that they can still qualify for regular Congressional, Vice Presidential, Presidential, etc noms as well depending on their particular circumstances.

As for impediments, I do know that the Navy tries very hard to garner interest from the enlisted ranks but has a lot of trouble getting real numbers of applicants.
The Chief of Staff of the Air Force has a high-visibility program "LEAD" (Leaders Encouraging Airman Development) that is used to help airmen move from the enlisted side to the AFA Prep school (normally, but sometimes directly into the academy) and on to commissioning. LEAD is available on every base to every airman. ALO's are also involved in that process.

Steve
USAFA ALO
USAFA '83
 
Would like to see the numbers of prior enlisted personnel rise to their limit which is 100 I believe.
It's 170. 85 active duty and 85 reserve/guard.
And that's the limit for Secretary noms. Remember that they can still qualify for regular Congressional, Vice Presidential, Presidential, etc noms as well depending on their particular circumstances.

As for impediments, I do know that the Navy tries very hard to garner interest from the enlisted ranks but has a lot of trouble getting real numbers of applicants.
The Chief of Staff of the Air Force has a high-visibility program "LEAD" (Leaders Encouraging Airman Development) that is used to help airmen move from the enlisted side to the AFA Prep school (normally, but sometimes directly into the academy) and on to commissioning. LEAD is available on every base to every airman. ALO's are also involved in that process.

Steve
USAFA ALO
USAFA '83
Navy has similar but still has trouble getting enough to fill out the Secretary noms available.
 
The Chief of Staff of the Air Force has a high-visibility program "LEAD" (Leaders Encouraging Airman Development) that is used to help airmen move from the enlisted side to the AFA Prep school (normally, but sometimes directly into the academy) and on to commissioning. LEAD is available on every base to every airman. ALO's are also involved in that process.
BLUF:They do have a lot more direct Priors going compared to '16 and before.

Actually, with the class of 2017, they began taking more directly into USAFA. I'm one from '18 the ZAMP class of RTB. I was rejected for USAFAPS and USAFA my first time applying and thought my chances were next to nil. Little did I know that they had seen the retention of Preppies and wanted to see if more direct Priors would stick it out to the end. At least that's what I heard while I was there, but I agree with speaking to someone who can help to bring more from enlisted to USAFA as there were some very good Priors that I saw and made me wish I had done more while I was there. Our fall semester Wing King was given to one of the 2 Priors who I wanted to take such a role due to their dedication and outlook on it all.
 
These stats are interesting.

Does anyone have the washout stats? Do they break them down like the above?
 
The only thing I have seen is a month-to-month accounting of male/female totals in each class, which in turn shows how many left since the month before.
 
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