A common phrase you will hear at the AF Academy is the "nation's best and brightest". The study looks at increases based on the three categories described in the article. It's not surprising that liberal schools showed a higher increase. Think of the morals the students who attend liberal schools have...of course you will see a drastic increase by the time they will graduate. Now take the students who get accepted at the Air Force Academy, Navy, and West Point. Look up the acceptance rates and you will be amazed. Only 1,100 to 1, 400 (depending on the year) out of 15,000 to 25,000 (depending on the year) actually get accepted and those that get accepted need Congressional nominations and outstanding transcripts. Even though the article above admits students at the Academies already score high in all three areas, there is not much increase by the time they graduate. The main reason for that could be because the students that get accepted to the military academies already have to demonstrate high morale character...otherwise they would not be considered for acceptance to the Academies. They don't say "the nation's best of the best" for nothing.
Also, 2,465 total surveys from graduates from all three Academies in the past 51 years is very small and is not representative of the majority of the population. The AF Academy currently has roughly 4,400 cadets in attendance. That means every year a little over 1,000 students graduate from the AF Academy. Those numbers are similar to the other two Academies. The article showed roughly the same amount of graduates from each Academy participated in the study (approx 822 per Academy). Any good researcher will tell you a pool of roughly 822 graduates over the past 51 years from each Academy is not sufficient data. Malmstrom needs a higher number of graduate to make any of his claims worth looking at. Unfortunately, the general public (and many of the people that have read this article) are easily deceived and will believe anything that tickles their ears. Concerning Fred Malmstrom, he reminds me of Mikey Weinstein...a bitter graduate that is simply trying to make a name for himself at the expense of his alma mater. Like many of the comments have already pointed out, living honorable is something is done on a daily basis. A simple test that is administered to cadets that have an average of 21 hours of classes along with military duties and many other random mandatory events will not take the DIT very seriously. Now compare that to the load an average college student has to bear and you should be amazed (unless pride or stubbornness has already kicked in). I won't even go in-depth on the ROTC vs Academy graduates argument. All I will say is that it is comparative to being an astronaut that has actually been in space compared to the rest of the world who has only viewed space through a movie, video clip, or pictures. ROTC cadets and the general public can argue all day they have experienced what military academy graduates have experienced but like the general public compared to the actual astronaut, only the astronaut that has been in space will actually know what it is like to be in space. Please pardon the rough grammar...it is almost 0200 and I still have assignments to complete for tomorrow.
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