Interested in Joining the AFA


10-Year Member
Dec 22, 2006
Hi, im a freshmen in highschool at a school in rural Illinois of about 1000 students. My father served 20 years in the AF and i plan to follow in his footsteps. Ive been wanting to join the AFA since I was 7 and now that im getting closer I need some guidance and i also have a few questions.

GPA: 3.4 (and rising)
I plan to take 4 years of Spanish, 4 Math, 4 Science, 3 History, 4 English.

Extracurricular Activities:
Starting QB (football), aswell as Wing in Basketball and I run the mile in track in 5:44. As for clubs i am a Demolay, and I plan to join Key Club.

I am 130lbs, 5'10 and as healthy as a horse. I have 20/20 vision.

  • Ive met and spoken to Representative Dennis Haster (Speaker of the House) about my ambitions on going to the air force academy.
  • I Was a Boy Scout for 3-4 years.
  • I've lived in Europe for 3 years.
  • My dad is a disabled veteran (Afgahnistan).
  • I've moved around the USA quite a bit and have had the privalege to experiance new things because of my dads assignments.
  • This past summer my family and I visited the united states air force academy.
Since my dad is a disabled vet. do I get special recognition to the air force academy?
How competitive are the USAFA intercollegiate sports?
What else can I do to improve my chances on attending to AFA?

Not to be flippant, but the best way to find out if you can get into USAFA or any other SA is to simply apply. Your profile seems competitive enough to give you a decent shot.
Good for you for starting early.
Take a good look at your schedule with your guidance counselor. It is not enough to have 4 years of Math - your Math should be of a high level. You should be taking Honors Algebra, Honors Geometry and Pre-Calculus in High school. Strive for Calculus or AP Calculus if your high school offers it.
Same with Science. Make sure you will be scheduling Biology, Chemistry and Physics and those should be Honors as well. Also aim for an AP Chemistry or Physics course as well.
Strength of your schedule is very important. If you are naturally strong in Math and Science, that is a big plus. The Air Force is highly technical and is looking for students who are strong in math and science.

Leadership: Aim for a leadership position in your extracurricular activities - like DeMolay and in athletics. If DeMolay is the only club you are in then really be involved in it. If you are super involved in one club that is better than joining a bunch of clubs and doing a little in each.

Athletics: Keep training. Aim for Varsity Football and Varsity Track and earn those Varisty Letters. Remember to train wisely and stretch to avoid injury.
Good Luck and keep up the good work!
Don't pass up a chance to take the PSAT/SATs. If you don't think you can get into the 1300 range, consider learning how to take the ACTs.

If your HS does not offer calculus, I would suggest that you take it at the local JC.

Leadership positions are important. You have been in Boy Scouts. The Academys look very favorably on Eagle Scouts.

It is nice to have a fall back position. USAFA is very competitive out in the mid West. Check out the following website:

falcons12 said:
How competitive are the USAFA intercollegiate sports?
Nah, can't do it. But I really want to.

You are starting at the right time.
Good luck!!
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USNA69 said:
Nah, can't do it. But I really want to.

Not even I can help you there. The board Admin is a Zoomie. :wink:
You sound like a very good candidate. Keep up your studies, stay out of trouble, stay in physical shape and you will be fine.

As far as the sports angle, AFA is very competitive in sports. They have dominated the Commander in Chief's trophy for the past 15 years although the past couple have not been great. They have a top twenty basketball team and a new football coach will inject some life into that program. They are Division I in all sports which is the top level in collegiate circles.

Check out their sports web site for more info and good luck.
Looking good. I would encourage you to be sure and challenge yourself as much as possible. Taking the highest level academic courses (admissions is 60% academics) makes a huge difference. Then, if you get in, you will have a head start once you're there. Good luck.