Monday, May 14, 2007

DOD: Deleting minority recruiting language at Air Force Academy won't affect enrollment

Air Force Academy cadets attend a Monday-night 'Special Program in Religious Education'. The Air Force Academy, located in Colorado Springs, is nearby to several right-wing evangelical groups, including James Dobson's Focus on the Family, which maintain close relationships with the academy's faculty, staff, and cadets. The Academy is currently being sued by former cadets for overtly pressuring cadets to undertake evangelical religious instruction. Controversy over the influence of Christian fundamentalism at the academy has been building for several years.

DENVER — The Air Force Academy is in no danger of losing its ability to recruit minority candidates to its prep school, despite the possible deletion of legal language making that a priority, the Pentagon said Friday.

Marine Maj. Stewart Upton, a Defense Department spokesman, said the deletion was being considered at the request of the Air Force’s legal counsel to conform to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in 2003 barring rules that benefited minorities in the admissions process at the University of Michigan.

The Air Force Academy Preparatory School for the Colorado Springs, Colo.-based academy is the source of 40 percent of the academy’s minority enrollment.

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