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    Applications to Air Force Academy Bounce Back After Plummeting During Pandemic

    Applications to Air Force Academy Bounce Back After Plummeting During Pandemic

    Applications to join the Academy's class of 2027 skyrocketed last year, following a year when the school saw a dive in applications from young men and women during the coronavirus pandemic.

    More than 10,000 students had applied to be part of the class of 2027 as of the Dec. 31 deadline. That's a 21% increase from the more than 8,300 applicants who wanted to join the class of 2026 the year before, according to Air Force Academy spokesman Dean Miller. The school said last year's low application numbers were due, in part, to the pandemic limiting how many in-person events it could hold for high school students.

    “USAFA Admissions was able to conduct and attend more in-person recruiting events for this next class of future leaders,” Col. Arthur Primas Jr., director of admissions for the academy, told .com in an emailed statement Tuesday. “We believe our ability to directly influence young men and women, both on campus and in the communities, played a significant role in the increase in applications this year.”

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    Military.com reported in August that applications to all of the service academies dropped significantly for the class of 2026 that began school this past fall — declines ranging from 10% to nearly 30% — as the military continues to grapple with recruitment issues amid a national dip in college enrollment during…

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