My son is being recruited to the Air Force Academy as an athlete. We have no military history in our family. He went for a visit and seemed to have a great time, came home said AFA was on the top of his list ( he has other D1 athletic opportunities) All of a sudden he is saying he isn't sure that he wants to do the "Acdemy". He said no one really looked happy there when he was visiting. I believe he is missing out on a great opportunity and want to assure him that work now will pay off later, but we don't know anyone who attended so it is kinda hard for him to relate. Any thoughts on your first year, and did you actually smile, or was it pure hell, as he seems to think it will be. Also are athletes treated slightly better from their older teammates ?