The Air Force: Why Moral Character Means So Much(01:32)
Air Force Academy cadets and instructors explain why good moral character means so much to them. Character development is a critical component of success at the Air Force Academy, and all cadets are expected to act with integrity and abide by an honor code. These values prepare cadets for the responsibilities of leadership after graduation.
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Capt. Jessica Kashka: Officers of character, I think are developed through, you know, a series of many years working in an environment where they're constantly seeing that role modeled for them. And it's that personal interaction that we have that helps us to develop them as leaders.
Dr. Tom Yechout: The Academy develops officers of character in a variety of ways.
Cadet Alicia Wallace: We have an honor code. I mean, everybody knows that we will not lie, steal or cheat, nor tolerate among us anyone who does.
Cadet Victor Lopez: One of the great things is our core values. It symbolizes everything that we are. Integrity first, service before self and excellence in all we do.
Cadet Alicia Wallace: But being honorable is more than that. It's more on you.
Capt. Tammy Gant: There are hard choices that we have to make in life. Asking them to think about those sorts of things and helping students to craft strong moral fiber so that they can make those tough choices when they have to.
Capt. Jessica Kashka: So it's definitely, you know, a commitment for them.
Cadet Alicia Wallace: They have to make these decisions. They have to, you know, call each other out and have integrity in everything that they do. When you see someone do something wrong, you step up and you say, "Hey, that's not right." And that really develops your character, especially if you're going to be an officer someday.
Cadet Victor Lopez: The Academy gives you opportunities and gives you the leadership opportunities to build your character, build your leadership and build your knowledge about what it takes to be a good officer and take care of your people.
Cadet Alicia Wallace: You're developing people. And what you do for these people is what their future is going to be.closeX