Applications to academy drop for fourth straight year |

Applications to academy drop for fourth straight year

AIR FORCE ACADEMY – Applications to the Air Force Academy have dropped for the fourth straight year since peaking immediately after the 2001 terrorist attacks.This year’s decline was 2 percent, compared with a 20 percent decline last year. A total of 1,260 cadets were accepted from an application pool of 9,200.”So far, what we’re seeing is a strong class in terms of their qualifications,” Col. Trapper Carpenter, director of Air Force Academy admissions, said Tuesday.In 2002, some 16,000 applied to attend the academy near Colorado Springs. In addition to the terrorist attacks boosting patriotism, the count included all applicants to the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps.

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