By Ray Bowden, U.S. Air Force Academy Public Affairs
/ Published May 30, 2019
The U.S. Air Force Academy's mascot, the Falcon, soars over Stillman Parade Field May 29, 2019. Nine-hundred-eighty-nine cadets are scheduled to graduate from the Academy May 30. (U.S. Air Force photo/Darcie Ibidapo)
U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- (Editor’s note: This report is based on admissions data from Class of 2019.)
Here’s the breakdown for the Class of 2019 graduating from the Air Force Academy May 30.
-- 1,559 were offered appointments to the Academy. Last year, 1,498 were offered appointments to the Academy.
-- 1,242 men and women were inducted into the Academy, including 10 international cadets. Last year, 1,206 men and women were inducted into the Academy, including 14 international cadets.
-- 913 men, or 73.5 percent, and 329 women, or 26.5 percent, are the graduating class. Last year, there were 942 men, 78.1 percent, and 264 women, 21.9 percent, in the class.
-- 397 minority cadets, or 32.0 percent. Last year, there were 323, 26.8 percent, minority cadets.
-- 502 cadets, or 40.9 percent, were potentially pilot qualified. Last year, there were 585 cadets, 48.5 percent, who were potentially pilot qualified.
-- The average high school GPA for the Class of 2019 is 3.84. The average high school GPA for the Class of 2018 was 3.85.
-- The average SAT score is 672 mathematics and 642 verbal. Last year, the average SAT score was 633 verbal and 663 math.
-- The average ACT score was 30.3 English, 30.7 reading, 29.9 math and 30 science. Last year, the average ACT score was 30 English, 30 reading, 30 math and 30 science.
Scheduled to Graduate
-- Scheduled to graduate in the Class of 2019 are 989 cadets, including 10 international cadets. Last year, 984 cadets were scheduled to graduate, including 13 international cadets. This is 731 men, or 74 percent, and 258 women, 26 percent. Last year’s breakdown was 772 men, 78 percent, and 212 women, 22 percent.
-- 304 minorities, or 31 percent, are in the Class of 2019. Sixty-seven are African-American; 104 are Hispanics; 91 are Asian; 27 are Pacific Islanders; and 15 are Native American, not including international cadets. Last year, there were 273 minorities, 28 percent of the class, not including international cadets. Seventy-seven cadets were African-American; 105 were Hispanic, 65 were Asian, 13 were Pacific Islanders and 13 were Native American, not including international cadets.
-- 685 cadets, or 69.2 percent, in the Class of 2019 are not minorities. The Class of 2018 included 711 cadets who were not minorities.
-- The 10 international cadets are from Kazakhstan; Philippines; Romania; Rwanda; Singapore; South Korea; Sri Lanka; Taiwan; Thailand; and Tunisia. Last year’s 13 international cadets were from Kazakhstan; Gaban; Malaysia; Moldovia; Pakistan; The Republic of Korea; Romania; Sri Lanka; Taiwan; Thailand; and the United Arab Emirates.
-- 132 graduates in the Class of 2019 attended the Air Force Academy Preparatory School. Last year, 142 graduates attended the Prep School
-- 56 Class of 2019 graduates are previously enlisted Airmen. Last year, 45 graduates were enlisted Airmen.
-- The average cumulative GPA for the graduates in the Class of 2019 was 3.07, same as last year.
-- The Class of 2019’s attrition rate is 234 cadets, or 19.7 percent. Last year’s attrition rate was 209 cadets, or 18 percent.
-- 64 graduates have brothers or sisters who graduated from the Academy. Last year’s class included 54 graduates who had brothers or sisters who graduated.
-- 76 graduates in the Class of 2019 are second-generation graduates and four cadets’ parents are both graduates of the Academy. Last year’s graduating class included 58 graduates who were second-generation graduates and six cadets whose parents both graduated from the Academy.
-- 527 graduates are scheduled to attend pilot training. Five are scheduled to attend Combat Systems Operator training; two are scheduled to attend Air Battle Manager Training; and 45 are scheduled to attend remotely piloted aircraft training. Last year, 417 graduates were scheduled to attend pilot training, 14 were scheduled to attend Combat Systems Operator training, 11 were scheduled to attend Air Battle Manager Training and 69 were scheduled to attend RPA training.
-- 579 graduates are scheduled to be rated officers entering flying-related career fields. Last year, 511 were scheduled to be rated officers in flying-related career fields.
All service academy graduates incur a five-year service commitment and an additional concurrent service commitment depending on the type of training or schooling, including scholarships, they receive. For example, graduates who attend pilot training incur an active-duty service commitment of 10 years after receiving their pilot’s wings.
After successfully completing training, combat systems operators, remotely piloted aircraft sensor operators and airborne battle managers incur a six-year commitment.
Graduates completing airborne battle manager training incur two concurrent service commitments, the five-year service academy graduate commitment and the six-year airborne battle manager commitment.
-- As of May 30, 51,691 men and women will have graduated from the Academy. That’s 45,608 men and 6, 083 women.
-- 757 graduates have been promoted to the general officer ranks, including 18 officers recently selected for promotion to brigadier general.
-- 113 of those officers are on active duty.