New Member
Dec 16, 2019
What attributes, life experiences, unique perspectives, and/or special talents do you possess that would contribute to the classroom, student body, and/or Air Force Academy? (400 to 500 words, 3000 characters

I'm struggling with the second essay. Not necessarily because I don't have anything to write about, but because I am confused of the structure.

Is it a good idea to split it up into:

1st Main Paragraph: Attributes
2nd Main Paragraph: Life Experiences
3rd Main Paragraph: Unique Perspectives
4th Main Paragraph: Special Talent

This method gives me a good opportunity to talk about a lot, but may not allow me to flesh out the essay optimally with the given word limit.

Another idea is to focus on just 1 or 2 aspects specified above. Less general topics about myself, and more substance potentially.

Lastly, can anyone give a few effective examples regarding the topics of what has worked for them? I understand that this may be difficult as each essay is unique, and should be tailored to each individual (and I don't want to steal anyone's essay either).



USAFA C/o 24'
Oct 8, 2019
I encourage you to pick two or three attributes, and then show how unique life experiences you have been through demonstrate them. 3000 characters will disappear very quickly so 4 solid “paragraphs” might be a struggle. I chose two attributes of mine that I feel will add to the culture at the academy.


USAFA Class of 2012
15-Year Member
Nov 18, 2007
I agree with ^^ - but more generally, I would say you can combine any of the other three items with a life experience. What special talent do you have that got you through a challenging life experience, and how will it serve you well at USAFA? Do you have a life experience that helped you develop one or more attributes you see as relevant at USAFA? Do you have a life experience that gave you a unique perspective? You get the idea.


Feb 19, 2017
I wrote about an experience that's affected my entire life and talked about how I applied it to a situation and the outcome it had. What helped me was finding what I was going to write and just writing it until I thought it sounded good. Don't be afraid to receive help form your friends as well.