SCOPE: This coverage is of fifteen young lieutenants chosen to undertake an extensive five-month training program at the U.
SCOPE: This coverage is of fifteen young lieutenants chosen to undertake an extensive five-month training program at the U.S. Air Force Academy to put them in a better position to supervise and act as "role" models for the women cadets scheduled to arrive at the academy this summer.
BACKGROUND: A new tradition is beginning at the service academies. The arrival of the first women cadets this summer ends the all male history of the schools. The Air Force Academy is busily preparing to receive its new charges.
Fifteen young lieutenants carefully chosen from over 600 eligible women officers have moved into the previously all-male Vandenberg Hall. Here, they are beginning an intensive five-month training program. These 15 Air Training Officers are the cornerstone of the Air Force's approach to training its women Academy cadets. Their training condenses the four-year cadet experience into five months, giving them a feel for what it's like to be a cadet.
Having experienced the stress of the Academy rigorous program of drill, classroom instruction and physical conditioning, these Air Training Officers are in a better position to supervise and act as "role" models for the new cadets.
Additionally, the Academy feels this five-month program will allow them to test their training concepts on women prior to the arrival of the fist cadets.
According to Air Force officials, the cadet wing has been very impressed by the dedication and motivation of these Air Training Officers. Their presence has enhanced the cadet wing's acceptance of women at the Academy.