A Cadet's Training Is More Than Math

Future officers compete in an average of nine team sports apiece under the Air Academy's fitness program
April 24, 1960

Drill fields and barracks were enough when West Point got started 158 years ago; the new Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs shows how program as well as architecture has changed in the training of military men. Along with his calculus, science and Chaucer the air cadet must master swimming in the sparkling triple-sectioned pool at right and compete on the acres of playing fields and in the hangar-huge gymnasium seen in a mountain sunset on the following pages. Academy facilities include 24 athletic fields, two baseball diamonds, 33 courts for tennis, 24 for volleyball, 18 for handball, 16 for squash and five for basketball.

Cadets quickly learn that all this is a matter of purpose as well as pleasure. Mandatory sports, besides swimming, are boxing, wrestling and gymnastics, with additional intramural competition for those who do not make intercollegiate squads. Cadets may play an intramural sport only one season, then must select another, e.g., football, soccer, lacrosse, water polo, Rugby (a surprising third in popularity). By graduation day the average cadet has played nine team sports. Lieut. Colonel Casimir Myslinski, 1943 All-America who helps direct the program summed it up: "Our objective is development of guts, aggressiveness and the desire to win. In a national emergency we can't afford good losers."

In Olympic-size pool divided by movable bulkheads, cadets are given swimming lessons.

Playing fields in purple dusk: cadet quarters are at top, phys ed building in center, and some of academy's two dozen athletic fields in foreground

TWO PHOTOSJOERN GERDTS

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
OUT
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)