I found this on the ALO website on the thread that was pinned. To be competitive for an Air Force Academy appointment, we recommend you complete a minimum of the following high school courses: Four years of English Four years of college-prep math Four years of laboratory sciences Three years of social studies Two years of foreign language One year of computer science For a computer science course does an "Intro to Computer Info Systems" or a "Java Programming" class taken at a community college count for this? I go to a Middle College High School so credits are transferred over. Also, does the Air Force Academy use the weighted or unweighted GPA for applicant's academic criteria? I recall reading somewhere that you should contact your ALO as soon as possible, so would I just send an Email giving a notification that I will be applying to the Air Force Academy in the future? I am going to join the Civil Air Patrol in a week how much merit does that achieve towards an individual's application? Thank you an advance for taking the time to answer my questions.