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Airman's Roll Call: Opportunities for Airmen to LEAD

This week's Airman's Roll Call highlights opportunities for enlisted Airmen to attend the U.S. Air Force Academy through the Leaders Encouraging Airman Development program. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration/Mike Carabajal)

This week's Airman's Roll Call highlights opportunities for enlisted Airmen to attend the U.S. Air Force Academy through the Leaders Encouraging Airman Development program. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration/Mike Carabajal)

SAN ANTONIO -- This week's Airman's Roll Call highlights opportunities for enlisted Airmen to attend the U.S. Air Force Academy through the Leaders Encouraging Airman Development program.

Initiated in 1995 by former Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Ronald R. Fogleman, the LEAD program delegates authority to unit and wing commanders to nominate highly talented Airmen to compete for admission to the Academy without a congressional appointment.

Upon graduation, cadets receive a bachelor of science degree in one of 32 majors and a commission as a second lieutenant.

There are 85 slots for active-duty Airmen and 85 for Reserve and Guard Airmen who qualify for direct entry into the Academy. Also, 50 slots are reserved at the U.S. Air Force Academy Preparatory School for Airmen who do not meet direct-entry criteria. These Airmen can enter the Academy upon successful completion of prep school curriculum.

A LEAD conference is scheduled for Sept. 8 through 11 at the Academy to familiarize senior Air Force enlisted leaders with the admissions process, entrance requirements and extensive military, academic, athletic and leadership development programs.

For more information about the LEAD program, read this week's Airman's Roll Call.

You also can contact your local education center or visit the U.S. Air Force Academy Directorate of Admissions at http://www.academyadmissions.com.  

To find out more about setting a new fitness standard, Airman's Roll Call is designed for supervisors at all levels to help keep Airmen informed on current issues, clear up confusion, dispel rumors and provide additional face-to-face communication.

To subscribe to an e-mail version of the product, visit www.af.mil/subscribe. Airman's Roll Call is one of 30 featured Air Force products that can be received via e-mail.