Understanding the Air Force Academy application timeline is vital to set your application up for success!

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The largest piece of your admissions package above is from the July 1 – January 31 timeline entering into your senior year of high school.

Keeping track of the Air Force Academy application timeline has never been easier with our comprehensive checklist. Get your copy here.

Breaking Down the Application Completion Process

All of the following items are due January 31st, so we recommend starting early to give others involved in the process enough time to complete and mail in their parts of your application. For more information on the entire process visit our Air Force Academy Admissions Guide.


  • SAT and/or ACT Scores
  • High School Transcripts


  • Complete your Candidate Fitness Assessment with a physical education teacher, JROTC instructor, or service academy liaison officer
    • We highly recommend becoming familiar with the 6 tested events and practicing them before your test!

Character and Leadership

  • 3 Teacher Evaluations
  • 2 Writing Samples
  • 2 Optional Letters of Recommendation


  • Your medical examination process can take up to 4 months, so plan accordingly. You must complete 3 of the 5 following in order to complete the DODMERB exam:
    • Candidate Fitness Assessment
    • Candidate Personal Data Record
    • Candidate Activities Record
    • Teacher Evaluations
    • Writing Samples


  • USAFA must receive your Congressional or Vice-Presidential nomination by the January 31 deadline. We recommend starting the process spring semester of your junior year.

Are you competitive? Use our Air Force Academy admissions calculator here to estimate how you stack up against other candidates. You can start your Air Force Academy Pre-Candidate Questionnaire at the Academy Admissions page.

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Trisha Dach

Former Air Force Captain Trisha Dach served as an Intelligence Officer from 2011-2018. A graduate of the Air Force Academy, Trisha has helped hundreds of candidates earn a service academy appointment or ROTC scholarships, with over a 90% success rate with clients. Click here to learn more about Captain Dach.

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