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Cadet Life

Physical Training 

Cadets on a group run.

Cadets participate in group physical training (PT) up to three times a week for an hour each session. PT may consist of long distance running, sprint intervals, calisthenics, or team building games designed to help prepare cadets for the Physical Fitness Assessment (PFA). The PFA is a fitness based test that consists of 1 minute of pushups, 1 minute of sit-ups, and a 1.5 mile run. New versions of the PFA include options for hand-release pushups, plank or cross-legged reverse crunch, and a high-aerobic multi-shuttle run, respectively. All cadets will take the PFA several times over the course of the year and must receive a passing grade in order to be considered for AFROTC scholarships and to be accepted into Field Training. 

Cadet Clubs

Mitchell's Rifle Squadron

Mitchell Rifle Society members in uniform.

Mitchell's Rifle Squadron is an organization built around teaching cadets discipline and attention to detail regarding drill and color guard procedures. Cadets are given opportunities to perform in various color guard events throughout the year including UP events, formal military ceremonies, professional sports venues, and the Southern California Drill Invitational (SCIDM). MRS recently flew down to California to compete in SCIDM and placed first in the four-man rifle spinning exhibition. 

Spaatz Air Corps

Spaatz Air Corps members at ropes course

Spaatz Air Corps is a club built around bringing cadets together in a relaxed and social environment. SAC offers a number of exciting and unique opportunities for cadets including sky diving, small bore rifle shooting, outdoor obstacle courses, on-campus social events, and more. Cadets find SAC to be a fun way of destressing as well as getting to know their fellow classmates outside of a school environment. 

Arnold Air Society

Arnold Air Society members holding banner.

The Arnold Air Society is a professional, honorary service organization advocating the support of aerospace power. The "service" aspect is perhaps the foremost in the mind of many members, because of the society’s continuing contributions to our campus, our communities, and our corps—but it should always be remembered that AAS's primary mission is to develop future Air Force officers.