The goal of the Blue Class Spirit Committee is to commission and purchase specially minted Challenge Coins to recognize four milestone events. Those four major milestones are Recognition, Exemplar, Commitment, and Graduation. Each coin will be presented to every Cadet as they reach these milestones.
Recognition is an intensive military training assessment that includes a variety of physical, mental and emotional challenges to measure how well the cadets have performed as individuals and team members since arriving for Basic Cadet Training at the Academy in June.
The Cadet Exemplar Program is an avenue for each Academy class to honor and identify a past military officer, military-associated civilian, or aerospace and aviation pioneers who have made extraordinary contributions to the development of American air and space power; alive or dead. The chosen person "exemplifies" the type of person the class wishes to emulate. It is designed to link our nation's rich heritage with our boundless future.
Commitment Dinner for the second class takes place at the start of the fall semester. Once the cadets return to the Academy for their second class year, they incur the financial or active duty "commitment" for their education if they depart the Academy prior to graduation. Members of the Legacy Class are invited to attend the Commitment dinner to celebrate with the second-class cadets.
100s Night for the First Class Cadets takes place approximately 100 nights before graduation. 100s Night is a formal dinner where they wear mess dress. It is an opportunity for the First Class Cadets to join with the Legacy Class to celebrate 100 days until graduation and their commissioning as Second Lieutenants in the United States Air Force or Space Force. Cadets also receive their base assignments and are given liberty for the weekend to celebrate.