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Basic cadet training breakdown: Nearly 30% of Academy's class of ’25 are women

A basic cadet trainee walks in the rain on the terrazzo at the U.S. Air Force Academy surrounded by cadet cadre, June 26, 2021. Basic cadet training began that day for more than 1,100 young men and women accepted to the Academy.

A basic cadet trainee walks in the rain on the terrazzo at the U.S. Air Force Academy surrounded by cadet cadre, June 26, 2021. Basic cadet training began that day for more than 1,100 young men and women accepted to the Academy. (U.S. Air Force photo/Joshua Armstrong)

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. - A report released by the Air Force Academy admissions office shows the average high school GPA for the 1,113 young adults who reported to basic training last month is a lofty 3.88.

Specifically, 768 men, 325 women, 17 international cadets, and three admitted to the Academy after one or more previous attempts, arrived at the Academy June 26 for a total of 1,113 new basic cadet trainees.

The report released July 12 also shows women representing 29.7% of the Academy’s class of 2025.

"Being admitted to any service academy is a tremendous accomplishment and is a result of the great efforts of the cadets, their families and friends, in addition to various agencies who have supported them along the way,” said Col. Arthur Primas, the Academy's director of admissions. “They are beginning an incredible journey and I wish them all great success in basic cadet training and throughout their career as Airmen and Guardians."

Cadets from every state were admitted to the Academy, along with 17 international students. The class of 2025 includes 325 women and 788 men.

The Breakdown
Three-hundred-fifty-five cadets are ethnic minorities: 118 Hispanics, 80 Asians, 61 African Americans, 87 Native Americans or multiracial trainees, nine Pacific Islanders and 726 Caucasians. The report does not show the ethnicity of 12 basic cadet trainees.

“The rich diversity of our cadet’s backgrounds, experiences, cultures and identities leads to innovation and creative problem-solving, as well as enhanced educational outcomes for all students,” said Dr. Joseph Looney, the Academy’s chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer. “A diverse cadet wing provides the environment to prepare our cadets to effectively and inclusively lead increasingly diverse teams of Airmen and Guardians.”

The class of 2025 includes 55 sons and 34 daughters of service academy graduates or 8.1% of the class.

Forty-four men and 22 women are sons and daughters of Air Force Academy graduates. Both parents of six men and six women in the class attended the Academy.

Eight men and three women are children of Military Academy graduates; three men and five women are children of Naval Academy graduates; three women are daughters of Coast Guard Academy graduate and one woman is the daughter of Merchant Marine Academy graduates.

One-hundred-eighty basic trainees are Academy prep school graduates.

Successfully completing BCT’s six weeks of mental and physical training is among the first steps cadets take toward earning a commission as Air or Space Force officers.