A 4:30 a.m. bugle call woke approximately 1,274 new members of the Air Force Academy Class of 2014 as the new cadets began their first full day of Basic Cadet Training (BCT) yesterday.
The first half of basic cadet training, known as “First Beast”, will be conducted in the Cadet Area. It includes physical fitness activities, inspections, Honor Code and core values lessons, language and advanced placement testing as well as the opportunity to be up well before sunrise and their recommended daily allowance of marching.
On July 11 the basics will form up for the traditional march out to Jacks Valley. This transition marks the second half of BCT, known as “Second Beast.” Once there, the basics will set up their squadron areas and begin two weeks of field training and living in a tent city. Included will be running the assault course, confidence course, self-aid and buddy care, weapons drills, leadership reaction course, honor lessons, and still more drill and marching.
Basic Cadet Training will conclude July 31, after which the Class of 2014 will transition to their freshman year squadrons. Then on August 4, the basics will attend the Acceptance Parade, swear the Honor Oath and to abide by the Academy’s Honor Code of “We will not lie, cheat, steal, nor tolerate any among us who does,” and pin on their first rank of Cadet 4th Class.
Then it’s off to classes, as all cadets will begin the Academy’s fall semester on Aug. 5.