Gerald R. Ford signed legislation October 7, 1975, permitting
women to enter the military academies. Women entered the Air
Force Academy for the first time on June 28, 1976. The first
class with women graduated in May 1980. 12% of the women who
graduated from the Air Force Academy in 2003 reported that
they were victims of rape or attempted rape while at the Academy.
It is estimated that about 20% of all women students were
victims. Sexual predation was mainly directed toward freshmen
and sophomores. Women who complained were generally pushed
or counseled out of the academy. This situation has been generally
known among the leadership of the United States Air Force
but little has been done over the years to correct the situation
or to disciple officers in leadership positions at the Academy.
The Air Force Academy competes in the NCAA's Division I-A.
Its primary conference is the Mountain West Conference; its
gymnastics (men and women) and men's soccer teams compete
in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation and its hockey team
competes in College Hockey America. The sports teams are called
Air Force plays Colorado State in football every year for
the Ram-Falcon Trophy, a traveling award that alternates between
the schools. It also has traditional service academy rivalries
with Navy and Army.
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