Commitment to Excellence

United States Air Force Academy

AFA Chapel

Congress authorized creation of the Air Force Academy in 1954.
Harold E. Talbott, then Secretary of the Air Force, appointed a commission to assist him in selecting the permanent site. After traveling 21,000 miles and considering 580 proposed sites in 45 states, the commission recommended three locations. From those, Secretary Talbott selected the site near Colorado Springs, Colorado.

On July 11, 1955, the same year construction began, the first class of 306 men were sworn in at a temporary site at Lowry Air Force Base in Denver. Lt.Gen. Hubert R. Harmon, a key figure in the development of the Academy since 1949, was recalled from retirement to become the first superintendent.



Cadet Insignia of Rank Shoulder Boards
- Showing 2009 Changes -

 

- Fourth Class -
- Third Class -
- Second Class -
- First Class -
Cadet Airman
Unranked
Cadet Third Class
Unranked
Cadet Second Class
Unranked
Cadet First Class

 


- Fourth Class - - Third Class - - Second Class
No Insignia
Basic Cadet Cadet Airman Unranked
Cadet Third Class
Cadet
Staff Sergeant
Unranked
Cadet Second Class
Cadet
Technical Sergeant






Second Class -






Cadet
Master Sergeant
First Sergeant
Cadet
Master Sergeant

Cadet Senior
Master Sergeant
Squadron
Superintendent

Cadet Senior
Master Sergeant

Group
Superintendent

Cadet Chief
Master Sergeant

Wing
Command Chief

Cadet Chief
Master Sergeant






- First Class -
Unranked
Cadet First Class
Cadet Second
Lieutenant
Cadet First
Lieutenant
Cadet Captain Flight Commander
Cadet Captain
Cadet Major







Cadet
Lieutenant Colonel
Squadron Commander
Cadet
Lieutenant Colonel

Cadet Colonel Group Commander
Cadet Colonel
Wing Honor Chair
Cadet Colonel
Vice
Wing Commander

Cadet Colonel
       







Wing Commander
Cadet Colonel








           






- Team Captain Examples - - Cadet Honor Committee -






Team Captain designated by
lightning bolt over any insignia.
The insignia of the Wing Honor Chair and the Cadet Honor Committee
uses the version of Polaris from the coat of arms of the USAFA.
   
   



Cadet Insignia of Rank for Collars of ABU's
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- Fourth Class - - Third Class - - Second Class


No Insignia


No Insignia


No Insignia




No Insignia

Basic Cadet Cadet Airman Unranked
Cadet Third Class
Cadet
Staff Sergeant
Unranked
Cadet Second Class
Cadet
Technical Sergeant






Second Class -

















Cadet
Master Sergeant
First Sergeant
Cadet
Master Sergeant
Cadet Senior
Master Sergeant
Squadron
Superintendent

Cadet Senior
Master Sergeant
Group
Superintendent

Cadet Chief
Master Sergeant
Wing
Command Chief

Cadet Chief
Master Sergeant






- First Class -


No Insignia














Unranked
Cadet First Class
Cadet
Second Lieutenant
Cadet
First Lieutenant
Cadet Captain Flight Commander
Cadet Captain
Cadet Major























Cadet
Lieutenant Colonel
Squadron
Commander

Cadet
Lieutenant Colonel
Cadet Colonel Group Commander
Cadet Colonel
Wing Honor Chair
Cadet Colonel
Vice
Wing Commander

Cadet Colonel

       









Wing Commander
Cadet Colonel



Link to Pre-2009 Cadet Insignia


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