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Old March 13th, 2017, 03:41 PM   #1
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A family friend is very interested in going there for college. She is very smart, excellent grades, hasn't taken SAT's yet but should do well, and wants to serve her country.

Anyone know of, or actually have a woman's perspective, what it's like being that the campus is almost 80% male?? This is a very polite and proper church girl from a small town, although not sheltered. No military history in immediate family to draw on. I imagine there would some level of culture shock, but she is not swayed yet by what information she and her parents have gleaned in regards to academy life.

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Old March 13th, 2017, 03:59 PM   #2
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Well she is a heck of a lot more secure than today's modern state university dorms with mixed housing.

As she doesn't have military connections in the immediate family, they better start really getting cozy with their congressman.

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Has that academy been cleaned up from all the sexual abuse to the women on the campas??

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Old March 13th, 2017, 05:23 PM   #4
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Can't imagine a better education than a young bright person could get than one of the U.S. military academies. Such education is definitely for scientific academics but not a thing wrong with that in this ever increasing technological society we find ourselves in these days. Browsing the web recently and looking at Medal Of Honor winners I noted that children of those heroes have a standing offer to attend one of those schools regardless of openings at the time, in short they will make room for them and well they should. Yes I would suggest a barrage of supporting letters, phone calls, contacts with your local Congressman to encourage him to make such an appointment for her.

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I would recommend Hillsdale or Liberty if they are into a liberal arts education. They might try Embry-Riddle for aircraft/technology. I have a very low opinion of the academies. I once worked with a classroom full of recent Air Force Academy graduates. I have never seen a collective group of more crass academic cheaters in my life. They did not just pick up that trait. They had perfected it over 4 years. What a shame. I don't make the statement likely. I wish it were not true. I regard the academies as a great risk to an honest, bright young man/woman looking for education. There are better ways to build character and other ways to serve.

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If she hasn't started the process of Congressional recommendation by now, it's probably too late. This process takes several years as a rule.

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A family friend is very interested in going there for college. She is very smart, excellent grades, hasn't taken SAT's yet but should do well, and wants to serve her country.

Anyone know of, or actually have a woman's perspective, what it's like being that the campus is almost 80% male?? This is a very polite and proper church girl from a small town, although not sheltered. No military history in immediate family to draw on. I imagine there would some level of culture shock, but she is not swayed yet by what information she and her parents have gleaned in regards to academy life.
Aside from serving her country, why does she want to be in the Air Force, specifically?

If she's a well-rounded individual and can adapt, she'd be fine.

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Old March 14th, 2017, 03:40 PM   #8
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I would recommend Hillsdale or Liberty if they are into a liberal arts education. They might try Embry-Riddle for aircraft/technology. I have a very low opinion of the academies. I once worked with a classroom full of recent Air Force Academy graduates. I have never seen a collective group of more crass academic cheaters in my life. They did not just pick up that trait. They had perfected it over 4 years. What a shame. I don't make the statement likely. I wish it were not true. I regard the academies as a great risk to an honest, bright young man/woman looking for education. There are better ways to build character and other ways to serve.
Thanks for the input. That is a little disconcerting, but the only instance that I have heard of anything like that. Strange, they appear to have pretty high entrance requirements.

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Aside from serving her country, why does she want to be in the Air Force, specifically?

If she's a well-rounded individual and can adapt, she'd be fine.
She wants to fly something (go figure). Her academics are top notch, so she could go any direction available should she wash/opt out of aviation.

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Of my 13yrs active I never met an Academy grad that was worth a damn. I don't recommend it but it is an admirable endeavour just that I would make sure to do is to flip those priorities...education should be second. If not, it will be every hard to immerse and survive the military (don't laugh) portion of it.

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If she wants to go to the USAF Academy, I suggest she visit this site.
http://www.academyadmissions.com/adm...s/nominations/
As mentioned before, she should contact her State congressman/s and apply. There are other routes too included in the link. Good luck to her!

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Take the bitter posts with a open mind.....there are some bad apples in the Academies. There has to be...it's human nature.....compare it to the amount of enlisted bad apples and it would make you wonder how some of them avoided prison, much less graduate 5th grade.....lol....not to mention some folks just don't care for "Dem College edge ecated big shots"...

I have served with several outstanding Academy graduates (Navy). I am good friends with a few Academy graduates I knew from childhood (Navy, Army, and Coast Guard). I only know one Air Force Academy grad, and only for 7yrs but he is an outstanding person.

Hats off to her. Help her keep her bearing on this journey.......I hope she gets appointed.

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Suggest this, just go to good school, get a good education, then go through an officer training program for aviation.

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Suggest this, just go to good school, get a good education, then go through an officer training program for aviation.
Seriously jaded about those ring nockers, huh?

EDIT: apparently nockers with a "k" is a bad word around here. Thought we were past the eighth grade here.

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She wants to fly something (go figure). Her academics are top notch, so she could go any direction available should she wash/opt out of aviation.
Have her get in touch with the academy liaison officer for her school district and see if he/she could put your family friend in touch with a junior or senior to get some current insight.

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