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Cadets settle into 2010-2011 academic year
Cadets 2nd Class Lindsey Heath and Brendan Maestas stop to talk between classes in Fairchild Hall Aug. 10, 2010, during the first full week of the 2010-2011 school year at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. Cadet Heath is assigned to Cadet Squadron 01, and Cadet Maestas is assigned to CS 40. (U.S. Air Force photo/Mike Kaplan)
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Cadet Wing goes back to school

Posted 8/12/2010   Updated 8/12/2010 Email story   Print story


by Staff Sgt. Don Branum
U.S. Air Force Academy Public Affairs

8/12/2010 - U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- Most college students are familiar with shopping for books, hitting the library and studying in dorm rooms after class. But how many college students run to class, march in formation to lunch or have their dormitories inspected on weekends?

At the Air Force Academy, the answer is, about 4,400.

Before cadets here learn anything else, they have to learn how to manage their time. Fourth-class cadets typically take 15 semester hours in their first semester, then take on 18 semester hours most of their remaining semesters until they graduate.

Add to the challenging academic schedule a requirement to play on either an intramural or NCAA team, a military training requirement, character and leadership development courses and volunteer projects such as Habitat for Humanity, and you have an average cadet's day-to-day schedule.

DenMar Services photographers Mike Kaplan, Rachel Boettcher and Johnny Wilson captured photos of cadets Aug. 10 during their first full week of academics: slideshow.

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