posted on Dec, 19 2004 @ 10:16 PM
I can understand the reality that someone has to take the blame and be held ultimately responsible for the irresponsibility and ignorance of the
environment that surrounded this very situation. I can assure you that what has happened probably has happened more often than anyone wants to
willingly admit. But lets face it, the young adults that come into the military, not just the Air Force because other military academies I can
guarantee you have the same problems to a lesser or greater degree, are for the most part not fully mature. They are not totally ready to be on their
own. They are not fully developed personnel. On top of that they are placed in an environment where they're exposure to sexual influence is
heightened and further excelled by peer pressure and an individual's own attraction to the opposite sex. As a current member of the United States
Navy, I can personally relate. When you're young, vulnerable and hundreds of miles away from home and surrounded with a totally different culture
altering environment such as the USAF Academy, you have a recipe for uncertainty and the negative potential as we have observed from this article.
Sadly enough though, there is only so much that can be done. From my personal experience, any changes that have had the most effective impact on any
situation whether sexual or criminal in nature have been in the very policies that constitute the structure of not only military facilities but any
organization which includes our government. The bottom line is, changes will be made and a more strict environment will result. We want to believe
that our young military adults can be responsible, respectable, and accountable. But in today's society, our young people are going to attempt to
push the limits of any policy, rules, or structure because it is part of natural human will to do so. I don't believe any of us should be surprised
by what has been taking place at USAF Academy. Enough said.