The US Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, Colo., announced last week that its applications for the Class of 2014 had increased over the previous year by 17.2 percent overall and 36 percent for minorities. An average class comprises 1,300 students. The academy received nearly, 11,600 applications, about 1,700 more than for the 2013 class. Of those, there were 4,029 minority applications, an increase of 1,070 over the previous class. The USAFA release credited the success to the academy’s “focused efforts over the last several years to reach out to minorities and individuals in areas of the country that are underrepresented at the academy.”
The Air Force overall reduced its size by 120 aircraft in fiscal year 2021, but kept about the same number of fighter, bomber and attack aircraft, according to data supplied by the service. The F-35 fleet saw the biggest increase while the B-1B bomber fleet saw the largest decline.