Monday, May 07, 2007

Air Force Academy short of minority recruiting goal

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The Air Force Academy will miss goals for admitting blacks and Hispanics for the class of 2011 despite an emphasis on minority recruiting, Superintendent Lt. Gen. John Regni said.

Regni told the academy’s Board of Visitors on Friday that the school could face new challenges in recruiting minorities. The Defense Department wants to strip military academies of their ability to favor minorities recruits in granting waivers to academic entrance requirements, he said.

He also warned that a recent audit will recommend slashing 100, or about half, of the slots from the Air Force Academy’s Preparatory School. The prep school, which enrolls a mix of former enlisted airmen and high school recruits, includes many minorities and athletes who need help meeting the academic rigors of the academy.

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