AAS Candidate Information

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The Arnold Air Society (AAS) is a national, professional, honorary organization. The Emory P. Bass Squadron atValdosta State Universityis one of many AAS squadrons throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico. The mission of AAS consists of three interrelated objectives which enhance the AFROTC and theUnited States Air Force (USAF) Academycommissioning programs. These programs project theUSAFimage on campus and in the community.

Colors: Blue - For the sky in which we fly. 
Red - For those who have died to give us what we have today, and for those who will die in the future. 
Yellow-orange - For the wings that hold us aloft. 
White - For the purity of our intent, loyalty to comrades, and determination in preserving the strength of our nation.

Motto: "The warrior who cultivates his mind, polishes his arms." 
Official Flower: Crimson Glory Rose 

Definition of Integrity 
Integrity is essential. It's the inner voice, the source of self-control and the basis for the trust that is imperative in today's military. It's doing the right thing when nobody's looking. 


Sir: 
Sir, Sir is a subservient word surviving from the surly day of old Serbia when certain serfs, too ignorant to remember their master's names, yet too servile to offend them, circumvented the situation by the surrogating of the subservient word 'Sir' by which I now belatedly address a certain senior cirriped who correctly surmised that I was syrupy enough to say 'Sir' after every word I said, Sir. 

Founding Dates of Services: 
Navy - 13 Oct 1775
 
Marines - 10 Nov 1775
 
Army - 7 Aug 1789
 
Air Force - 18 Sep 1947

Important Objectives 

Create a more efficient relationship among Air Force officer candidates: 
Provides opportunities for greater interaction among collegiate level Air Force officer candidates. Encourages increased communication with Air Force officers and leaders in national defense, government, a industry, business leaders, as well as the Air Force Association (AFA). 

Aid in the development of effective Air Force Officers: Provides additional leadership, organizational, and public relations opportunities and significant leadership challenges while still in the AFROTC. Provides opportunities to participate in campus and community service activities: Demonstrates cooperative relationships between civilian and military organizations. 

Further the purpose, traditions, and concepts of the United States Air Force: Provides opportunities for officer candidates to participate in campus and community service activities, demonstrating the close relationship between civilian and military institutions. Continuing the education of the history of today's Air Force. Honor those who have made contributions to our country and its military services through dedication, patriotism, and hard work.

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