Summer Program Space

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  1. DevilDog

    DevilDog Member

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    My son said he got the Space as his summer program. Does anyone know what this program is? IS it fun? He was hoping to get Jump. He seemed a little disappointed.

    Thanks for any information.
     
  2. urbonman6

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    Space program

    Here's the description of the space program straight from the cadet homepage. I'm pretty sure it is a very new program.

    Space: Introduction to Air Force Space Power Application, Capabilities, and Employment. Cadets will explore current AF space mission areas during this course. This course includes hands-on experience with selected operational space capabilities. Successful completion fulfills one requirement for award of the Cadet Basic Space Badge.
     
  3. Gasdoc

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    He can still do jump his senior year. My son's roommate earned his jump wings last semester and accompanied my son to Eloy, AZ the week before Christmas where he completed AFF and got about 30 jumps in. He even got his own gear.

    I'm not familiar with Space but I think one of the alumni can comment.
     
  4. raimius

    raimius USAFA Alumnus

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    It might have changed in the past 4 years, but when I did it it wasn't a very sought after program. It was a lot of briefings, with a couple interesting events. We did get to go outside and play with GPS trackers, run a pass for a satellite the academy controlled, get a tour of the rocket factory in Denver, and tour some of the missile stuff at FE Warren. At the time, Space was considered the "probation club." Every USAFA cadet in my class was on, or had been on, probation when they were selected for Space.

    The good news is that Soaring can be done during the 3dig academic year, and Jump can be done senior year.
     
  5. DevilDog

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    His grades are fine. He is not, and has not been on acpro.
     
  6. falcongirl

    falcongirl USAFA grad

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    I've heard space is relatively fun and leaves you with a lot of free time in the afternoons. A few of my squadmates requested space for that reason. I really don't think space is a "probation club" anymore, especially with the introduction of Cyber, which seems to be the undesirable program this year.
     
  7. DevilDog

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    My son said he was going to make the best of it. He did say he will have a lot of free time in the afternoons. He also said a lot of his buddies got it too. He said it was pretty far down on his list, his GPA is pretty high, especially for a C4C, but as they say if you get lemons, make lemonade.
     
  8. raimius

    raimius USAFA Alumnus

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    When I went through, there was plenty of free time in the space schedule. The trip to FE Warren was actually pretty cool.
     
  9. falcongirl

    falcongirl USAFA grad

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    Quite a few Cadets ended up with programs they didn't want this year because of confusion over online registration. As this is the first year USAFA had cadets submit summer preferences online, there are still kinks to be worked out. For instance, we had to rate the summer programs from 1 (I definitely don't want it) to 9 (I love it).

    My AMT recommended that we rate the leave period and program we wanted as 9's and everything else as 1-2. That way, the computer sees that you only want that specific program. However, if you rated programs near each other (let's say jump 9, soaring 8, cyber 7) then the computer assumes (since the ratings are close together) that you don't care what you get.
     

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