Rachelle, I'm not sure who gave you those amazing rose tinted glasses, but you and I must've attended a VERY different academy. When I was there, I saw lieutenants graduate with 4 years of knowledge, but none of it was, as you say, broad and in-depth. Almost nothing I saw happen there was relevant to an ACTUAL military career, and it severely discouraged me from continuing to pursue a commission through the Academy. The only thing we can really agree on is that the Academy does nothing to encourage any sort of religious disconnect between cadets and the rest of the world. In my experience, there was nothing that pressured me(or other cadets) into converting to a specific religion, or rewarded any one religion over the rest. Outside of that, I completely disagree with your take on the Academy as a whole. It actively works AGAINST traditional military values, and almost all faculty there preach the importance of accepting new and relevant information and values while swearing by 'tradition' and refusing to budge on topics that may even be remotely related to it. They spend the majority of their time treating cadets like children, while telling them they're adults and have the freedoms as such, but really giving them less freedom than a prisoner and punishing them as though they're already fully fledged officers. The Academy that I went to was a poor representation of the Air Force as a whole, and trying to portray it as anything less is just a farce.
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