Students can expect "absolutely no lecture hall classes," as every section is held in a classroom with anywhere from five to thirty students. Given the future careers of the cadets, plenty of learning takes place experientially, and airmanship programs (such as "powered flight, soaring (flying gliders), the aerobatic demonstration team, and our skydiving teams") are a huge part of the school and are "an extremely fun and unique part of our lives." If there is one downside to such thorough training, it is that cadets universally clamor for more freedom and free time.
Life is "very controlled" here, and as it is a military academy students "have to follow military laws in addition to civilian laws." Therefore, most students "do not drink underage and would not ever do any sort of drug." In order to leave, one must sign out on a "pass" which is limited for each class (freshman have six passes per semester), and in the "likely" event that students are restricted to campus for a random weekend, they can always "find creative ways to have fun, such as tying bedsheets to chairs and sailing across the terrazzo (main campus area) at high speed." For fun, cadets do "normal things," such as "[skiing] in the winter, pickup basketball, video games, go watch a movie, [and] go to Denver and walk around the city."