I am highly curios about how the academy experience is and as i gather information i will try to share it with my fellow class of 2014 peers. If you are intersted in some special events here is a pretty good site to see a rough schedule of our first academic year. http://www.usafacpc.org/admin/cal/curcalendar.php Being an A1C in the united states Air force, im sure that the transition from the air force to the academy will be very hard. BCT- Good advice that i have received from the LT's that i have spoken to is DO NOT let them see that they are bothering you. If you do you have just made yourself vulnerable to ABSOLUTE TORTURE for the first year or your academy life. They may try to convince that the Air Force is just like the academy and that you have to get used to the hard life. NOT TRUE. The air force has it's hard times but for the most part it is very lax and easy going. The academy will be an experience like nothing you have ever experienced. It will test every aspect of your being. If you expect this to be in any way easy WAKE UP. The experience highly worth it though and i havent talked to one person that didnt beam when they spoke about their time there. I asked around to see what was one thinng that people would have brought had they had a chance. Most Lt's said boots that were already worn in. You can buy boots online or from any military BX/PX but let me explain something about boots. MIlitary boots are kinda difficult to size so make sure that you get just the right fit. Tie them up and walk around in them. Some people put them under their mattress while they sleep (like a catchers mit). Also, the boots you need to get are the sage green bellville 650's waterproof. None of this is negotiable. We all have to look the same. At any BX they run about $130 but at the academy they are $86. I guess it comes down to what is more important to you. Your feet (they'll suffer hardcore) or your wallet. this is an example of the boots. http://www.botachtactical.com/be650wacobou.html EATING- There are certain mannerisms that will have to be learned before you can actually enjoy a meal. Everything is down to a science at meal times. From the way you seat, the way you salt your food and even they way you pass things!! Upperclasmen will teach you how to eat but the thing is they will stop you to show you what you did wrong, which will take time and there is only certain amount of time for meals. Needless to say you probably wont be eating too much your first couple weeks. And also remember for you civilians out there that in the military training environment meal time is scream time. Learn to block it out and enjoy the taste of your food. I mean like up in your face SCREAMING most of the time about nothing. Everything you do will be wrong (this is not just meals either) but being unsure or changing your mind is even worse so persevere through the yelling, pick a choice and stick to it. At least you'll get some respect for not being a flake and showing confidence. Please remember that these are things that i have acquired from past academy graduates. Im sure there will be aspects of our experience that will be different but a little heads up never hurt anyone. THINGS TO LEARN - Before entering the academy you should try and have THE WHOLE air force song memorized as well as the airmans creed and schofields quote.