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  •  I am a USAFA grad... (11+ / 0-)

    ...Class of 1981 and now work in the United Nations. The fundamental problem at the Academy is that Co. Springs is a mecca for evangelical Christian groups. Marry that with the fact that in your first year at the Academy, you have very few weekend passes to get away from the Academy. The one exception is for religious activities such as religious retreats, religious services or Bible studies.

    Thus, early on, the evangelical Christian groups in Co. Springs specifically target the incoming 18 year old freshman "doolies" at the Academy. Put yourself in their shoes. The weekend comes along and you're stuck at the Academy. The only way to get off campus and see some local college women is to accept a shuttle bus ride from the Academy to a local evangelical group. Once the cadet starts regularly coming to the group, he accepts their religious point of view.

    These cadets eventually graduate, become AF officers and many return to the Academy as instructors or to assist running various leadership programs. They then support the programs that they remember attending as cadets. Thus, it yields an evangelical, fundamentalist christian culture which grows stronger with each successive generation of Academy graduates.

    I know, I used to be part of that culture.

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