3:13 pm - Wednesday December 18, 0627

Air Force Academy: Basic Cadet Training, March Out to Jacks Valley

The basic cadet trainees of Academy’s Class of 2016 test their teamwork and athletic skills during Field Day Saturday morning, July 14, as they finish the first half of basic cadet training.

The 1,046 basic cadet trainees of the Class of 2016 will march onto the Academy’s athletic fields in a traditional military formation to be greeted by Academy leaders.

After the formation, the trainees will compete in various athletic events including: tug of war, guerilla relays, log relays, long distance run, steeple chase and more. Field Day concludes with another military formation and presentation of championship banners.

On Monday, July 16, 10 squadrons, consisting of the basic cadet trainees, along with almost 500 cadet training cadre and Academy leaders, will step off at 7 a.m. from the Terrazzo in the Academy Cadet Area to begin the second half of Basic Cadet Training. Their march will take them through several parts of the Academy and end in the Jacks Valley training area.  Once there, the trainees will set up their tent city and start 13 days of field training.

In addition to living in a tent city, the field portion of Basic Cadet Training includes participating in assault and obstacle courses, learning first aid and completing the leadership reaction course.  Basic cadet trainees also participate in weapons drills, physical fitness activities, inspections and other military training to further develop their physical abilities, teamwork and leadership potential.

The field training portion of their basic training ends July 28, when the Class of 2016 will march back to the cadet area for the final week of basic.

Basic cadet training started June 28 and continues through Aug. 4.

The members of the Class of 2016 who complete Basic Cadet Training will earn their first military rank at the Acceptance Parade Aug. 4, after they swear to the Honor Oath pledging “We will not lie, steal, or cheat, nor tolerate among us anyone who does.”

The fall academic semester begins Aug. 6.

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