Summer Seminar - Day 2

Good Morning Summer Seminar Families!

Today was Day 2 of Summer Seminar and the students got to experience a MILEX day.  That is short for Military Exercise.  The focus is on the military side of being a cadet.  The day started early at 0500 with a "gentle" wake up call from the Cadre.  Basic training starts like this every day for Basic Cadets, but it's only this day for your students.


Next, there is some morning wake-up exercise, just to get the blood moving.


After that warm up, it was time for the actual moring PT (Physical Training), followed by some marching and drill.


Then it was off to a BCT (Basic Cadet Training) style breakfast hosted by their Cadre.


All this occurred before most of you left for work.  The military likes an early start to the day. After breakfast and a briefing by the USAFA Vice-Commandant of Cadets, it was the Heritage challenge which afforded the students the opportunity to visit various historical points on the Terrazzo while getting a little more exercise.


After taking a test on the Knowledge information they were required to memorize upon arrival they learned about Spirit Hill and had the opportunity to experience what "taking the hill" felt like.  Something that they will hopefully get to do again as Cadets.


Finally, our coverage ended with the Briefing by Brigadier General Armacost, Dean of the Faculty and other staff members here at the Academy and an opportunity to find out about the the academic majors offered at the Academic Info Fair.


After dinner there was some free time before TAPS at 2100. Yes, that is 9:00pm. Trust me, they will be ready to sleep after the day they have had! So that was the day in a nutshell. Check back tomorrow morning for all of the pictures from our coverage of today's activities and in the afternoon for a blog about tomorrows events. To view pictures from Day 1 go to!

For any parents of current Cadets with students going through Summer Seminar, or with Cadets who are Cadre during Summer Seminar - we will be posting all of these pictures on WebGuy once both sessions have completed!