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Cadet Rank InsigniaEdit

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
Usafa cwvc
Usafa cwCC

Cadet Squadron InsigniaEdit

Current Cadet SquadronsEdit

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
AFA-CS01
AFA-CS02
AFA-CS03
AFA-CS04
AFA-CS05
AFA-CS06
AFA-CS07
AFA-CS08
AFA-CS09
AFA-CS10
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
AFA-CS11
AFA-CS12
AFA-CS13
AFA-CS14
AFA-CS15
AFA-CS16
AFA-CS17
AFA-CS18
AFA-CS19
AFA-CS20
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
AFA-CS21
AFA-CS22
AFA-CS23a
AFA-CS24
AFA-CS25
AFA-CS26
AFA-CS27
AFA-CS28
AFA-CS29
AFA-CS30
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
AFA-CS31
AFA-CS32
AFA-CS33
AFA-CS34
AFA-CS35
AFA-CS36
AFA-CS37c
AFA-CS39a
AFA-CS40c

Defunct Cadet Squadron InsigniaEdit

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
AFA-CS02a
AFA-CS02b
AFA-CS03a
AFA-CS05a
AFA-CS05
AFA-CS08a
AFA-CS08b
AFA-CS08c
AFA-CS08d
AFA-CS09a
AFA-CS09b
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
AFA-CS14a
AFA-CS14b
AFA-CS17a
AFA-CS19a
AFA-CS19b
AFA-CS19c
AFA-CS20a
AFA-CS23b
AFA-CS23
AFA-CS28
AFA-CS31a
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
AFA-CS34a
AFA-CS34b
AFA-CS35a
AFA-CS35b
AFA-CS39b
AFA-CS40a
AFA-CS40b

Miscellaneous InsigniaEdit

Merit listsEdit

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
AFA Comm
AFA Dean
AFA Ath
AFA Comm-Ath
AFA Supt

AviationEdit

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
AFA Soaring
AFA SoaringIP
AFA AVInstructor

Other qualificationsEdit

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
AFA Parachute
AFA Air Assault
AFA Bulldog

ReferencesEdit

  • 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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