THAN 4,000 CADETS ON LOCKDOWN
Just when things were starting to look up at the Air Force Academy, hard-hit by bad publicity during the sex scandals of 2003, a cheating disgrace now threatens to further damage the image of the once-respected Colorado educational institution.
Some 30 Freshmen cadets ("doolies") are said to have been implicated in cheating on answers to a basic knowledge military test that were passed around to the suspects via instant messages on the Internet.
MilitaryCorruption.com has learned that at least 19 of the cadets being interrogated are student athletes. If expulsion or suspension (at least six months) result from the investigation, the AFA's sports program would be decimated and the Academy would have to withdraw from IC competition, a source says.
"Things are very tense here," a cadet told MCC via a third-party who lives off the 18,000 acre campus. "No one can leave on pass, the bar's been closed, and basically we're on lock-down like prisoners at a penitentiary."
The sacred motto of the Academy is: WE WILL NOT LIE, STEAL, CHEAT OR TOLERATE OTHERS WHO DO. However, this is not the first time that adage has been ignored by members of the student body. Such scandals have rocked the AFA over the years, the most recent in 1984.
The worst instance of cheating occurred back in 1965, ten years after the magnificent military academy opened for business. More than one hundred cadets were tossed out that year after officials caught a cadet in the act and squeezed him to squeal on the others.
In recent years, the Air Force brass brought in a female commandant of cadets, Brig. Gen. Susan Desjardins, and even sandblasted off the wall the longtime motto "Bring Me Men" as a concession to feminist sensibilities.
Still, trouble plagues the Academy like a dark cloud that won't go away.
While the sex scandals have never entirely subsided, things had been looking up at Colorado Springs recently. However, until the OSI determines how many are involved in the latest wrong-doing, the top brass will have to hold their breath and hope they can minimize the damage to the AFA as much as possible.
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