Cadets are offered University level education and proper military training so that they are qualified to successfully carry out their mission as Air Force Officers after their graduation. For a better understanding of the education and training provided by the Academy, the topic is presented in three separate parts as shown on the slide.
- Academic Staff - Faculty
- Education and Training provided
- Education and Training support facilities
A. ACADEMIC STAFF - FACULTY. The Academic faculty is formed by: Dean, Heads of Academic Sections, Professors, Lecturers, Physical education instructors, Foreign language instructors, Academic staff under temporary contract, Military instructors, Flight training instructors. Specifically the Dean organises and directs the academic education and represents the Academy in the academic and research community. He is also responsible for inter-institutional cooperation and faculty appointments.
B. EDUCATION AND TRAINING PROVIDED. The education and training provided to cadets, as already mentioned, consists of Military Training, Academic Education and Flight Training. Studies last for four (4) years.
1. Military Training
During the Basic Military Training special emphasis is applied on Military Education and Evaluation as well as on Army Drills. Cadets then follow a program of Military Training and Education, in order to acquire the necessary qualifications and learning, so as to become officers with integrated personalities. Main goals are self-discipline, devotion to duty, a sense of responsibility, team spirit and acquired virtues of a leader.
2. Academic Education
The objective of Academic Education is to provide University level education to cadets in their respective fields of specialization. During the four years of study cadets attend 3,500 hours of Academic education. At the present time the Air Force Academy provides education and training for officer specializations as shown on the slide:
- Aircraft Engineers
- Telecommunication Engineers
- Infrastructure Engineers
- Air Defense Controllers
Education in the Academy includes: Specialization Subjects, Military Subjects, Social Sciences Subjects, Lectures on topics of General Education, Foreign Languages, Physical Training, Final Year Dissertation, Educational Trips and visits.
The last year of studies cadets are assigned a dissertation topic. The complete work has to be submitted one month before graduation.
3. Flight Training
The total flight training program of the Academy consists of 249 sorties amounting to 290 flight hours.
a. The screening phase takes place during the first year of study at the 360th Flying Training Squadron, on a T-41 and P200JF aircraft.
b. The initial phase is carried out during the second year of study on a T-6 A/C at the 120th Flight Training Wing.
c. The basic phase is carried out during the third year of study on a T-6 A/C at the 120th Flight Training Wing.
d. The advanced and operational phases are carried out after cadet graduation (as second lieutenants) on a T-2 A/C at the 120th Flight Training Wing.
C. EDUCATION AND TRAINING SUPPORT FACILITIES
The facilities available to the Academy contribute to the successful accomplishment of the Military, Physical, Academic and Flight Training syllabus. More specifically, are presented: The newly-developed premises, The laboratories, The flight training means, And the Olympic standard athletic facilities.
The Academy installations include: the administration premises, classrooms, laboratories, dormitories, halls, a library and an amphitheater.
The Academy laboratories are equipped with modern experimental facilities where cadets perform exercises and experiments which help consolidate and expand their knowledge on a wide variety of subjects. The Academy’s existing laboratories are shown on the slide: Physics, Aerodynamics, Aeronautics, Propulsion systems, Aircraft systems, Strength of Materials, Telecommunications, General electronics, Microprocessors.
The flying means available to the Academy in Base are the T-41 and P2000JF A/C and Flight simulators.
Last but not least, the athletic facilities of the academy; were used as part of the Athens 2004 Olympics.