LEAD provides path to Air Force Academy

The Air Force is looking for outstanding enlisted Airmen with leadership potential to fill appointments to the Air Force Academy. There are 135 slots available each year through the Leaders Encouraging Airman Development Program. 

LEAD gives unit and wing commanders the authority to nominate highly qualified Airmen to attend the Air Force Academy Prep School with the intention of an Air Force Academy appointment to follow.  

Fifty slots are reserved at the Prep School for Airmen who meet entry criteria. Airmen must be U.S. citizens or be able to obtain citizenship before entry into the Academy the following year, be unmarried and have no dependents, must not have passed their 22nd birthday by July 1 of the entry year, be of high moral character, and have less than six years of service.

There are also 85 slots for active duty Airmen for direct entry into the Air Force Academy. Those Airmen must meet the same requirements as for the Prep School but must not be older than 23 on July 1 of the year entering the Academy.

Interested Airmen should contact their first sergeant and commander about applying. The next step is to contact the Ramstein Education Center at 480-2032/2308 to make an appointment to talk to an education counselor about the program. The application form, AF Form 1786, must reach the Air Force Academy Admissions Office no later than Jan. 31. (Courtesy of the 435th Mission Support Squadron)