New And Improved Character And Leadership Development Programs!

What you used to know as VECTOR, LIFT, R&R and ACES has now been tranformed. With the arrival and opening of Polaris Hall also comes updates to the CCLD programs here at USAFA.

BCT this year saw the first changes in the CCLD programs with BCT Capstones after Jacks Valley when the 4th Class Cadets, then Basics were given Introduction to Living Honorably in the Profession of Arms (ILHPA) lessons. Some of their lessons included; "The Decision-Making Process (ARDA)" and "Preparing to Take the Oath."

Vital Effective Character Through Observation and Reflection (VECTOR) is now Four-degree ORientation to Character Effectiveness (FORCE). FORCE is a half day seminar that teaches the freshman class to, "focus on supporting their role as supervisees" and "introduces fourth-class cadets to the tenets of effective followership. Cadets will be challenged to clarify the identity they want to pursue as a leader of character."

Respect and Responsibility (R&R) is now Three-Degree Human behavior & Relationships In Varied Environments (THRIVE). Thrive is a half day seminar that focuses on interpersonal relationships.  "THRIVE exists to improve interpersonal relationships by: increasing understanding of self and others; expanding appreciation for valuing differences, and communication skill-building. Supervisor preparation training was designed to help third-class cadets comprehend their supervisory responsibilities and how to conduct engagements with their assigned fourth class cadet(s)."

Leaders In Flight Today (LIFT) for the 2nd Class Cadets and Academy Character Enrichment Seminar (ACES) for the Firsties has now been transformed into Instilling and Modeling the Profession of Arms and Character in a Team (IMPACT 301 & IMPACT 401). IMPACT is a half day seminar that focuses on, "First & Second Class Cadets’ responsibility to foster a climate of Air Force professionalism within the Cadet Wing.  The program helps first-class and second-class cadets comprehend their leadership responsibilities and how to oversee and protect that which is worth caring for and preserving – the culture and climate of the Cadet Wing."

We will be catching a glimpse into each of these programs as the academic year goes on, so be sure to check back periodically to see what the cadets are up to!

To view the rest of the pictures taken from our coverage of FORCE, THRIVE and IMPACT 1 and 2 go to; Galleries - Military Training - CCLD. Or click the link below.