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Re: “UPDATE: Bible verse gets Mikey going, again

To TejonTech: How dare you...I have no words to describe your ignorance and ingratitude. You're right to be afraid, but you should never fear this nation's military. They have more pride and love for this country than you can even imagine. Instead you should fear it's dwindling size and resources. The military protects the rights and freedoms of every American citizen, though they have selflessly given up their own as evidenced by this very incident. Though they strive to serve selflessly, they are not robots and in fact are trained to disobey unconstitutional/inhumane orders. Especially the officers of the military, who have been trained specifically for managerial positions, have received education encompassing a broad range of humanitarian subjects and are far from "yes men." I hope this newfound knowledge puts your mind at ease, so you can focus your paranoia on more probable conspiracy theories.

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Posted by USAFA12Grad on 03/14/2014 at 10:08 PM

Re: “UPDATE: Bible verse gets Mikey going, again

I agree with USAFA10Grad that the Academy handled this situation in the best way, and to the cadet's credit, he understood the message that regardless of intent, perception is reality. The Academy is a learning environment, and many of the rules and regulations differ from those of the "real" Air Force. It is an awkward time when young adults are learning how to become leaders. They are not yet officers, and even in leadership positions, they don't wield much power. Yes, free education is a huge benefit, but they also sacrificed a lot at a young and formative age when they chose a military institution. Many cadets just look for any way to show their individualism, and if the Cadet Sight Picture, which is the written law for USAFA tells them the immediate area outside their rooms is their personal space (which it does), then they will use it to express themselves. "Service before self" comes with time. It doesn't automatically happen the moment you "sign on the dotted line" as a teenager. Fortunately, cadets get 4 years to practice and learn from their mistakes as well as from the mistakes of those around them. Unfortunately, cynicism tends to be one of the things a cadet learns as well, due to the microscope (which I realize is necessary). Leadership handled things well in this case. The message was sent and for the most part received (nothing can ever be 100%), but now that this has erupted from the outside, they will have to come up with some extreme way to deal with this in the endless pursuit of political correctness. The fact remains, personal messages on whiteboards are currently allowed under USAFA regulations, and the fact that this is a gray area makes punishment of the cadet an unfair and inconsistent option.

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Posted by USAFA12Grad on 03/14/2014 at 9:27 PM

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