The academy has had its share of problems for a long time. Ever since that female cadet did the 60 minutes interview, they've been looked at as a place for sexual predators. I give all the USAFA guys I know crap about them all being rapists. Then it was the drugs. Let's face it, there are an awful lot of cheaters there too.
I guess it figures that since the place is located right smack dab in cuckoo christian country that this
Less than two years after it was plunged into a rape scandal, the Air Force Academy is scrambling to address complaints that evangelical Christians wield so much influence at the school that anti-Semitism and other forms of religious harassment have become pervasive.
There have been 55 complaints of religious discrimination at the academy in the past four years, including cases in which a Jewish cadet was told the Holocaust was revenge for the death of Jesus and another was called a Christ killer by a fellow cadet.
Wow, what a fantastic learning institution!
I've got an Academy story of my own. You meet a lot of people in the USAF. One guy I met was an AMLO (which is my job) who was a former English teacher at the Academy. He had assigned a final paper that was worth a lot of points. One of his students who was on the football team turned in a clearly substandard paper, I mean something that was absolutely worthless trash. The teacher (the guy I knew) gave the kid 10 mercy points for including his name.
Not but a couple of days later the coach came to the teacher and asked him to change the grade so the kid could pass his class. The teacher said no way, that the paper deserved fewer points than he gave him if anything. The coach proceeded to tell him how it was difficult to be a football player and how he should just let him slide. The teacher said forget it. The coach went to the Commandant who ordered
the teacher to change the grade.
So much for the integrity and honor they supposedly cherish. If I had college aged kids, I would do everything I could to steer them away from the USAFA (especially
if they were anything other than WASP males).
My advice to all you soon to be high school graduates out there, forget about the USAFA, go get a real education that you can look back upon fondly. Go to school somewhere warm, by a beach, or mountains, or a city, or whatever. Make friends with people, skip a class or two, stay up late, stay out late, have fun. Mosey to class, hell saunter if you want to. In fact, you may even want to rollerblade sometimes. Take 5 years to graduate and do summer school. Take classes that sound interesting, take liberal arts classes, take art or music classes, join a club, start a club. Enjoy your 5 year window because let me tell you something, once it passes, it isn't ever going to come back. Once you're done with your degree you go to work. If you want another degree, you do it while you work and that isn't nearly as fun (trust me). For pete's sake, don't spend your 4 years getting pissed on or just doing what you can to try to make it through. Don't go somewhere where you have to break the rules to go out at night and where you have to walk in stupid straight lines and squared corners. Don't go somewhere where people that have been there for 2 years will give you hell just because they're allowed to.
If you want to go into the military (hey, that may be what you want to do) do it through ROTC. Put your uniform on once a week. Forget the hype about the Academy being prestigious. There are a ton of ROTC and OTS guys and gals that are Colonels and higher. There are plenty of ROTC and OTS pilots (even fighter pilots if that floats your boat). You don't need to be a "ring knocker" to be successful. So why in the world would you want to put yourself through all of that BS?