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Re: “Cracks in the code

I'm a recent graduate who stumbled across this article more than an hour ago. After reading it several times, and going through each of the 105 comments, I must say I'm pretty disappointed. Several comments throughout this thread talk about asking cadets what they think, but every time a cadet answers, the trend of the reaction is to attack them and what they have to say. I understand this is a heated issue and do I agree that USAFA has its issues with honor? ABSOLUTELY. However, people need to understand that attacking the people who live their daily lives under the code isn't going to do a lot to solve the problem. Ask them what they think. Mind you, I didn't say "attack them and see what they have to say and then attack them again." For the most part, you aren't there, and you probably don't know what they go through every day, and you probably don't have any idea what the DIT is like. I remember it well, and took the full 50 minutes to complete the test, and these aren't easy questions you're talking about here. It's not the type of test where you can look at the answers and immediately say, "Duh, that's the right one." A lot of what I went through at USAFA determined what I answered, but life experience also influenced what I put as well. I can honestly say that I responded "Yes" to the question "Would you steal from the wealthy man who hoarded all of the village's supplies to feed your starving wife and dying children?" Some cadets may feel differently and put absolutely not, but that's probably because they've had different experiences in their life that make them feel that way. My point is this: we all have different views that cause us to answer some very difficult, definitely-more-than-one-right-answer questions in different ways. In my opinion, the cadets aren't the issue here. Clean up the leadership issues that are plaguing the academy and give the cadets a chance to be heard on how to improve the system to make it something they're proud of again. I promise you they won't disappoint, even if they've been in a position of disadvantage for very long time now.

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Posted by Brendan Lanphear on 05/03/2012 at 1:21 AM

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