John Schroeder 
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Re: “The Air Force Academy‚Äôs committed to its academic booster program. But at what cost?

The AFA has lost the target and muddied the mission of the prep school and the scope of intercollegiate athletics.

The fact that ~170 of the entering class of 1100 cadets came from the prep school is not a problem, but the fact that nearly 50% of those cadets are athletes is disproportionate to the composition of the cadet wing. This gives an appearance of using the prep school to "redshirt" athletes, not promoting diversity.

Currently around 20%-25% of cadets participate in D-1 athletic programs. This commits nearly 1,000 cadets to these activities. This is a huge cost in personnel and resources. I did not realize the level of committing to D-1 athletic programs compared to other universities. Why does the AFA have 26 sports when UT has on 20? Cadets can get this leadership experience through military and club activities.

The AFA should focus on commissioning officers, not promoting athletes.

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Posted by John Schroeder on 11/15/2013 at 9:10 AM

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