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Cadet Rank Insignia[edit | edit source]

Cadet Fourth Class (Freshman)
Basic Cadet Cadet 4th Class
Unranked
No insignia
Cadet Third Class (Sophomore)
Cadet 3rd Class Cadet Staff Sergeant
Unranked Clerk Discontinued
Cadet Second Class (Junior)
Cadet 2nd Class Cadet Technical Sergeant Cadet Master Sergeant Cadet Senior Master Sergeant Cadet Chief Master Sergeant
Unranked Squadron 1st Sgt Squadron Superintendent Group Superintendent Wing Command Chief
Cadet First Class (Senior)
Cadet 1st Class Cadet 2nd Lieutenant Cadet 1st Lieutenant Cadet Captain Cadet Major Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Cadet Colonel
Unranked Flight Cmdr Squadron Commander Group Commander Vice Wing Commander Wing Commander
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Cadet Squadron Insignia[edit | edit source]

Current Cadet Squadrons[edit | edit source]

First Cadet Group
Cadet Sq. 1 Cadet Sq. 2 Cadet Sq. 3 Cadet Sq. 4 Cadet Sq. 5 Cadet Sq. 6 Cadet Sq. 7 Cadet Sq. 8 Cadet Sq. 9 Cadet Sq. 10
Mighty Mach One Deuce Dogs of War Fightin' Fourth Wolfpack Bull Six Shadow Seven Eagle Eight Viking Nine Tiger Ten
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Second Cadet Group
Cadet Sq. 11 Cadet Sq. 12 Cadet Sq. 13 Cadet Sq. 14 Cadet Sq. 15 Cadet Sq. 16 Cadet Sq. 17 Cadet Sq. 18 Cadet Sq. 19 Cadet Sq. 20
Rebeleven Dirty Dozen Bulldawgs Cobras War Eagles Chicken Hawks Stalag 17 Nightriders Wolverines Trolls
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Third Cadet Group
Cadet Sq. 21 Cadet Sq. 22 Cadet Sq. 23 Cadet Sq. 24 Cadet Sq. 25 Cadet Sq. 26 Cadet Sq. 27 Cadet Sq. 28 Cadet Sq. 29 Cadet Sq. 30
Blackjack Raptors Barnstormers Phantoms Redeye Barons Thunderbirds Blackbirds Black Panthers Knights
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Fourth Cadet Group
Cadet Sq. 31 Cadet Sq. 32 Cadet Sq. 33 Cadet Sq. 34 Cadet Sq. 35 Cadet Sq. 36 Cadet Sq. 37 Cadet Sq. 38 Cadet Sq. 39 Cadet Sq. 40
Grim Reapers Roadrunners King Ratz (Cellar Ratz) Loose Hawgs Wild Weasels Pink Panthers Animalistic Skyraiders All-stars Campus Rads Warhawks
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Defunct Cadet Squadron Insignia[edit | edit source]

Defunct Squadron Insignia
Cadet Sq. 2 Cadet Sq. 3 Cadet Sq. 5 Cadet Sq. 8 Cadet Sq. 9
Deuce Big 3 Wolfpack Evil Eight Viking Nine Star Trek
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Defunct Squadron Insignia (cont)
Cadet Sq. 14 Cadet Sq. 17 Cadet Sq. 19 Cadet Sq. 20 Cadet Sq. 23 Cadet Sq. 28 Cadet Sq. 31
Cobras Stalag 17 Playboy 19 Starship Trolls Barnstormers Blackbirds Grim Reapers
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Defunct Squadron Insignia (cont)
Cadet Sq. 34 Cadet Sq. 35 Cadet Sq. 37 Cadet Sq. 38 Cadet Sq. 39 Cadet Sq. 40
Thunderbolts/Razorbacks (Loose Hawgs) Wild Weasels Skyraiders Bandits Jedi Ali Baba Warhawks
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Miscellaneous Insignia[edit | edit source]

Merit lists[edit | edit source]

Cadet merit list insignia are worn by those cadets who excel militarily (Commandant's List), academically (Dean's List), or athletically (Athletic Director's List). Cadets who earn a place on all three lists are awarded the insignia for the Superintendent's List.

Cadet Merit List Insignia
Commandant's List Dean's List Athletic Director's List Commandant's & Dean's Lists Commandant's & Athletic Director's Lists Dean's & Athletic Director's Lists Superintendent's List
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Aviation[edit | edit source]

Cadet aviation insignia are worn by cadets who achieve certain milestones in their flight training.

Cadet Aviation Insignia
Soaring/Powered Flight Soaring/Powered Flight - Solo Command Soaring Instructor Pilot Cadet Aviation Instructor
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Other qualifications[edit | edit source]

While at the Academy, cadets may earn other insignia including: parachute wings, for completion of either freefall parachute training at the Academy or the U.S. Army's Airborne School at Fort Benning, Georgia; the Air Assault Badge for completion of the U.S. Army's Air Assault program at Fort Campbell, Kentucky; or the Bulldog badge for the completion of the U.S. Marine Corps' "Bulldog" program at Marine Corps Base Quantico in Virginia.

Other Cadet Insignia
Parachute (jump) Wings Air Assault Badge Bulldog Badge
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References[edit | edit source]

  • Squadron Insignia of the United States Air Force Academy, P. Michael Sheridan, 1990. (ISBN 0-9627388-0-8)
  • Contrails, various years.

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