Jacks Valley Day 4

Aggressors, Barbarians, Cobras and Demons finished Jacks Valley Courses. Congratulations to all the Basic Cadets for successfully completing a very tough and challenging week!

Brig. General Moga, Commandant of Cadets, ran the Assault Course today with the Cobras.


Jacks Valley is a 3,300-acre training complex on the grounds of the United States Air Force Academy.  It is used for military field training.  Jacks Valley is used year-round by different military units and some civilian groups.  However, its primary use is during the second half of Basic Cadet Training (BCT) each summer. During BCT, the new cadets (or "basic cadets") train in a field encampment enviroment.  The basic cadets march to and from Jacks Valley.  While in Jacks Valley, they undergo one of the most physically demanding parts of their training at the Academy.

Note: There were two photographers at Assault and Obstacle Course.  The photos were uploaded by photographer, not by section. You might want to scroll through all the pages because you may find your Basic further in the photos than you might otherwise think.


Assault Course: Cobras - The Assault Course teaches hand-to-hand combat skills and rifle fighting techniques while allowing basic cadets to practice these elements in controlled scenarios and pugil-stick competitions. The second-half of the course requires basic cadets to demonstrate these skills by completing the pugil-stick competition and negotiating a course of 18 obstacles/stations and demonstrating hand-to-hand and rifle fighting techniques in a controlled, but mentally and physically challenging environment. The course is designed to assess basic cadets' mental and physical stamina and confidence.



Confidence Course: Barbarians - The Confidence Course develops and assesses basic cadets' self-confidence and physical capabilities by guiding them, as individuals and teams, through a selected group of 15 obstacles which vary in height and difficulty. The course requires all basic cadets to demonstrate physical dexterity, teamwork, and cohesion to achieve successful outcomes.



Obstacle Course: Aggressors - The Obstacle Course will teach and require basic cadets to negotiate 17 physically-challenging obstacles. It is designed to assess their physical fitness, agility, confidence and increase awareness of personal capabilities. The first time through the Obstacle Course is the orientation run.  The second time through the Obstacle Course basic cadets are timed.



To view photos, go to CLASSES > 2025 > BCT-2. Select your squadron. At the top of the page, set your photo order OLDEST to NEWEST. Then select your start page. Or click on the links below.

*** Photo order must be set OLDEST to NEWEST for the links to take you to the correct start page. 

Aggressors: Obstace Course pgs. 167-242  Aggressors

Barbarians: Confidence Course pgs. 169 (bottom of page)-207  Barbarians

Cobras: Assault Course pgs.139-223 Cobras

Demons: CBRNE-Note: Photos will be available tomorrow.