By Ray Bowden / Published July 13, 2020
U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- (The Air Force Academy’s Class of 2024 reported for basic training June 25. Here is the breakdown.)
According to a report released by the Admissions Office at the Air Force Academy July 9, 1,145 cadets arrived at the school to begin Basic Cadet Training.
Successfully completing BCT’s six weeks of mental and physical training is among the first steps new cadets take toward earning a commission as an Air or Space force officer.
Cadets from every state were admitted to the academy, along with 15 international students. That is 346 women, 30.2 % of the class, and 799 men, 69.8 percent of the class. Their average high school GPA is 3.86.
While the global COVID-19 pandemic has presented challenges to the Academy, there were strict plans to protect the basic trainees and the school’s staff and families.
“We are dedicated to keeping everyone safe and healthy but need your help,” said Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria, the Academy’s superintendent, while speaking to new trainees, June 25. “Follow our health and safety guidelines, wear your masks and social distance whenever possible.”
Each trainee was tested for the coronavirus, quarantined and will be monitored for two weeks, among other precautions.