I graduated from the air force academy in 2011. Until you have marched in formation in parade, sat in the seats in class, and crawled through the A-course in basic at the Academy, you will have no idea what it is like to be there. You will have little understanding of our day to day lives and you can not even fathom the environment we lived in. So who are you to judge? what does that say about your own character?
Here, thanks to the miracle that is the internet, you have the opportunity to actually hear what current and past cadets have to say--and yet you do not listen. they have told you how the "test" and "survey" are received and portrayed.
so let me pose a character question to you. You are forced to take a written test on your character which involves hypothetical people in hypothetical situations which is not graded but is almost 50 questions long. in an hour, you have your last exam in a graduate level engineering course that determines whether or not you will be graduating in 3 weeks for which you have adequately prepared for but want to review materials to feel more comfortable. do you:
A. take the character test seriously and not study for the engineering exam
B. blow off the character test and study for the engineering exam.
these are your only two choices (much like they were on the Defining Issues Test).
i chose choice b, because that is decision i was presented with the day they decided to spring the DIT on us. I dare you to judge me and fault my character for that.
the point i am making is this:
1. having little to no real experience with the academy, you cannot and should not judge.
2. test statistics are representative of the truth only if the test is qualitative and representative in nature (both of which the DIT is not)
character is not defined simply by the written answer. It is defined by the ethics, philosophy, and intentions of an action made in real time.
and to the appointees who have made comments--i hope you, if you do not already, will soon understand what it is like to be a cadet at the Air Force Academy, or any service academy. The commitment, perseverance, and determination it takes to go through each day, trod through each night--are the traits you will learn you have inside you. these are the personal traits you have in your character that will be built up--the same traits that will help you fight the temptation to lie, to cheat, to steal, or to tolerate others who do.
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