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Comment Archives: stories: News: Cover Story

Re: “Some Air Force Academy cadets never have a chance — and they leave feeling defeated

You're wrong Maverick. Every cadet is not force fed drugs nor treated like a military test subject like this kid was.

Every cadet is not used as a scapegoat in order to coverup blotched investigations.

Argue and stomp your virtual foot all you want. It really doesn't make a bit of difference to me. The entire institution is designed to pull the wool over the eyes of the naive general public. And for the most part, it works (you're proof). I'd be just like you if I wasn't privy to some of the dirty little secrets.

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Posted by carrot__shoes on 08/19/2016 at 11:53 AM

Re: “Some Air Force Academy cadets never have a chance — and they leave feeling defeated

What people are getting wrong here, is the academy is not getting you ready to serve. It's getting you ready to lead. Big difference, they are making the future officers of the air force. It's going to be the hardest thing you do in your life. If you can't cut it, they weed you out because you would be jeopardizing those you are responsible for. It's the same reason us army ranger school is basically mandatory for infantry officers. They want to find the people who don't have the skillset, or internal Constitution to be able to prevail no matter what the circumstances are. Is it fair? Probably not, but then again, neither is war, and that's the purpose behind the service academies.

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Posted by Seve Bertolone on 08/18/2016 at 1:15 AM

Re: “Some Air Force Academy cadets never have a chance — and they leave feeling defeated

Yes when you join the military they critcize EVERYTHING you do and give you instructions for EVERYTHING!! Especially officers. There is a reason for it. They need to know you can follow simple instructions that do not matter before they give you major instructions in which lives will be at stake if they are not adhered too. It isn't bullying, it isn't racist and it isn't brainwashing you into a cult. It is a carefully developed plan for the cadets professional development. It is not perfect ofcourse, and every branch is constantly adjusting their regimen, but the military has been developing soldiers/sailors/marines/airmen for over 240 years, and in doing so have developed the finest and deadliest military in the world. With such a track record, they will not conform to the individual, but rather require the individual to conform into what they know they need him/her to be

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Posted by Eric Steyskal on 08/14/2016 at 12:34 AM

Re: “Some Air Force Academy cadets never have a chance — and they leave feeling defeated

Poor guy couldn't hang with what is done to every Cadet. Got to be tougher than that. Pity party article.

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Posted by Maverick on 08/13/2016 at 8:08 AM

Re: “Some Air Force Academy cadets never have a chance — and they leave feeling defeated

I dated a person who held quite a bit of authority there. Some of the stories I heard this person tell really made me question whether or not those in authority take the honor code seriously. This person covered their own ass at the expense of one younger service members and I could hardly believe how easy it was for them to do so. Situations like this made me lose all respect... hence, an ex.

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Posted by carrot_shoes on 08/10/2016 at 9:01 PM

Re: “Some Air Force Academy cadets never have a chance — and they leave feeling defeated

Terrible reporting. First, the headline on the front page is terrible and unrelated to the story. Second (and related), she had one family as a source. Even if the Academy wouldn't respond, a responsible journalist would have had more reliable sources to strengthen the story. It's a sample size of 1.

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Posted by cjt77 on 08/06/2016 at 2:45 PM

Re: “Some Air Force Academy cadets never have a chance — and they leave feeling defeated

Not everyone can cut it academically or militarily at the Academy. It just seems that many Millenials are so caudled that by the time they really have to hunker done and study or work, they can't adjust. The military academies prepare them for the possibility of serving in combat zones...it's much different from civilian life. Not everyone can deal with it. It's the same with guys wanting to become Seals in the U.S. Navy. The washout rate is around 90%. But this is what separates the men from the boys. I hope Kwateng finds his calling. Best of luck to him.

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Posted by Kipper Doug on 08/05/2016 at 9:06 PM

Re: “Some Air Force Academy cadets never have a chance — and they leave feeling defeated

hadenoughofpam: Actually, this piece is an example of good journalism, although you apparently wouldn't recognize that genre if you saw it.

Is it one sided? I suppose so. But since the AFA declined her requests for their side, the Academy doesn't have anything to complain about.

Kids wash out of college all the time. Most of them don't get sent to a mental ward and get medicated in the process. That alone makes this story worth reading. So until the AFA can explain their procedures, I guess we're stuck with just one side of the story.

If you're looking for just positive stories about the AFA, you probably need to read the local daily paper. I'm pretty sure they cover the subjects you're looking for.

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Posted by Bill W. on 08/03/2016 at 8:35 PM

Re: “Some Air Force Academy cadets never have a chance — and they leave feeling defeated

This author Pam Zebeck hates USAFA and does not write anything about the academy unless it is hugely negative. She does her best to trash any and all activity at the USAFA. There are plenty positive to write about but she chooses none. Pam it's time you found any place to bully throw your venom. Life's too short to be so negative.

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Posted by hadenoughofPam on 08/03/2016 at 8:09 PM

Re: “Some Air Force Academy cadets never have a chance — and they leave feeling defeated

Actually, Tannim, I have 2 degrees already. I was more interested in the Army, anyways, but they tend to dislike bad knees. Many people who I have talked to seem to have hated the place, too.... except the white preppy kids from fairly well-off families.. they seemed to be drastically different in their appreciation and accolades they received there.

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Posted by Thomas Shea on 08/03/2016 at 1:11 PM

Re: “Some Air Force Academy cadets never have a chance — and they leave feeling defeated

Apparently Thomas Shea couldn't make the cut there either. The academics are fierce and high. They get a real education there, but Tommy wouldn't even make a D- in freshman physics.

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Posted by Tannim on 08/03/2016 at 11:16 AM

Re: “Some Air Force Academy cadets never have a chance — and they leave feeling defeated

Yeah the AFA is a joke. Nothing but racist bullies. You're way better off going to a real school and getting a real education rather than simply trying to learn how to be the biggest jerk on the campus. I have yet to hear a positive story come out of that place. Most of it is cultist behavior and systematic torture and ruining of lives of anyone they don't deem part of their master academy race.

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Posted by Thomas Shea on 08/03/2016 at 9:30 AM

Re: “I want justice, too

Hello CSM Thomas Moore the years have passed since you was my first sergeant at Fort Lewis Washington in the early eighties 3rd Battalion 60th Infantry you appointed me as your equal opportunity NCO SSG James Broggin I recalled how you shared about what happened to your brother Charles and Henry I am so glad that this case was resolved and that your mission was accomplished Justice I have been trying to get in contact with you but I don't know how I live in Tacoma Washington I still do black history and Martin Luther King Day exhibit for the city of Tacoma I have since retired from the city of Tacoma my number 253 224-5935 you've always been an extraordinary man and an inspiration in my life to exceed and achieve

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Posted by James Broggin on 08/03/2016 at 2:45 AM

Re: “Mixed blessings

The construction project, which is still moving along, hasn't lead to the demise of Colorado Springs, or created an influx of students, and visitors that turned the community into a haven for Moonies. Andrew Wommack is not a hatemonger, and beyond the issues his son has had you don't hear about any scandals about him, or his ministry. I can admit that there are times I've felt that he stretches the truth because he's overzealous, but I also would have no problem telling him that to his face. Andrews son Peter is divorced, and his ex-wife had posted on the internet her version of the night Peter was "raised from the dead", and she said yes he did flat line at the hospital, but the doctor shocked him back to life. So no "dead for 5 hours, turned blue with a toe tag on him" as Andrew has proclaimed. To his credit Wommack has not hidden the fact that his son was a mess, and in the past used illegal drugs. Wommack still has a Southern Baptist streak in him, and that's evident by some of the political statements he weaves into his messages, but he is a Vietnam veteran so I cut him some slack there.

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Posted by Richard96 on 07/28/2016 at 6:53 PM

Re: “Mixed blessings

Dont know much about Andrew Wommack, but nothing can be more evil than WalMart, except maybe Amazon

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Posted by Daniel Malloy on 07/25/2016 at 4:39 AM
Posted by Michele Day on 07/21/2016 at 8:16 PM

Re: “Police State

Probate court """"professionals"""" are fooling the magistrate(s) and robbing seniors blind: http://aaapg.net/who-are-the-players/

Posted by Denise Rodgers Vosburgh on 07/21/2016 at 9:09 AM

Re: “Will Darryl Glenn rise to glory or fizzle out in his first stab at a national office?

so there was one commissioner that was against the term limit debacle. this is certainly a small feather for the small man. not so much for unethical sally - lie for a third term - clark.

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Posted by happyfew on 07/18/2016 at 9:29 AM

Re: “Will Darryl Glenn rise to glory or fizzle out in his first stab at a national office?

Is that you Darryl? No one is stating or even suggesting that retirements and bennies earned from military service be denied to veterans. But thousands of multi-generation military careerists are riding a cradle to grave bennie bonanza dished out by Uncle Simp.

The point is the massive hypocrisy of Glenn who rides on that gravy train but wants to cut the bennies that the rest of us have PAID info all our working lives. That's what GOP code talk to "cut government spending" translates into....screwing over the working classes.

People who are not on Darryl's gravy train need to think long and hard about who they vote for this year, it really matters. For a working person to vote GOP is to cut one's own throat.

If that really is you Darryl, you need to write a whole lot better if you want to be a Senator.

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Posted by OldCrank on 07/17/2016 at 5:14 PM

Re: “Will Darryl Glenn rise to glory or fizzle out in his first stab at a national office?

OldCrank - Once I saw "gravy train" three times in two paragraphs, I knew you were off you meds.

Then you wrote this: "other bennies for the rest of his life….cradle to grave on taxpayer money. Hallelujah! Amen! Pass the plate!"

*sigh* (which doesn't come close to how pathetic this is)

For such a subservient, compliant, sloppy "Help me! My hands are cupped" liberal to suggest a retired officer should be denied benefits he was promised then worked for underscores what a sad, unsuccessful, "I made bad choices, help me Big Gov" regressive Old Crank you are.

The only thing sadder are those that "Liked" your baseless, tactless, pointless rant.

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Posted by LibertyForAll on 07/17/2016 at 4:05 PM

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