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Old 6th May 2011
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This recent article highlights why it is NOT always the best and the brightest. I especially love the line about serving his country, but just in the US. I am also amazed that the taxpayers have to pay a very expensive 4 yr. education to get a hockey coach. This article certainly did not portray the AFA in a very positive light.
http://www.hudsonstarobserver.com/ev...icle/id/42873/

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Old 7th May 2011
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This recent article highlights why it is NOT always the best and the brightest. I especially love the line about serving his country, but just in the US. I am also amazed that the taxpayers have to pay a very expensive 4 yr. education to get a hockey coach. This article certainly did not portray the AFA in a very positive light.
http://www.hudsonstarobserver.com/ev...icle/id/42873/

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I think this might be one that is uncalled for. It sounds like he has the academics to back his sportman skills. I think he might be a great candidate and I am sure it remains conditionally on his grades. I agree that there are some that are hard to swallow but this is not one of them. The USAFA makes it very clear they look for the best of the best. Sounds like this guy is an awesome hockey player and his GPA is 3.88, not bad at all for an athelete who probably spents a lot of time working out and on the road for his sport. Again, I agree there are some aplicants that are accepted in the AFA or Prep school that I feel are ridiculous considering their academics. i.e. spoke to a guy during orientation somewhere in GA and he told me he got into prep school with a GPA of 2.8 and is now in the AFA, helped he was a football player and a minority but I think those are the cases that I don't really understand. This one I totally understand and my congratulations go out to Dau, sounds like he has earned it.
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This article certainly did not portray the AFA in a very positive light.
I completely disagree. I don't think this article reflects negatively on either the USAFA or the young man. I'm sure there are enough things to find fault with the USAFA without the need for reaching. Just my opinion...
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This recent article highlights why it is NOT always the best and the brightest. I especially love the line about serving his country, but just in the US. I am also amazed that the taxpayers have to pay a very expensive 4 yr. education to get a hockey coach. This article certainly did not portray the AFA in a very positive light.
http://www.hudsonstarobserver.com/ev...icle/id/42873/

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You really must have something better to do then to spend your time with post like this.
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Call me confused, but how is he "committing" to USAFA for the class of 2017 when their app process doesn't start for an entire year from now.
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Old 7th May 2011
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I especially love the line about serving his country, but just in the US.
In no way did Dau imply that he wouldn't serve outside the US. To the contrary he had been told that the coach served in the US, yet Dau expressed a willingness to serve wherever he was needed.

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Call me confused, but how is he "committing" to USAFA for the class of 2017 when their app process doesn't start for an entire year from now.
He was talking about the committment that an athele gives to play at any given school which is different from accepting an appointment (or accepting academic admission offered to a civilain school). He gave a verbal committment to the coach to attend the AFA. From reading on this forum I've gleaned that the NCAA allows SA athletic coaches to approach potential scholarship athletes earlier than those from civilian colleges.

It's also my understanding that an athlete can approach a coach at any time, but the article doesn't make clear under which circumstance Dau and the coach first communicated. I'm not sure though when an official committment, that doesn't compromise the athlete's eligibility is allowed.
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Call me confused, but how is he "committing" to USAFA for the class of 2017 when their app process doesn't start for an entire year from now.
He isn't. He is simply being recruited by the hockey coach. No different than any other college. And not just for sports. There are plenty that have been "woo'd" because of their academics. The academy is simply trying to get him excited and "internally committed". And that's what it sounds like. This individual wants to come to the academy, and now he may not seek other schools.

But remember; a commitment to the academies is not binding in any way. Until they walk off that bus and say "I Do", they can change their mind at any time. Just like any basic cadet trainee. And more so, you have 2 full years to change your mind and quit if you determine it's not right for you.

So, the only "Commitment" involved here, is an individual's desires. So many things can happen between now and when he raises his right hand.
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This recent article highlights why it is NOT always the best and the brightest. I especially love the line about serving his country, but just in the US. I am also amazed that the taxpayers have to pay a very expensive 4 yr. education to get a hockey coach. This article certainly did not portray the AFA in a very positive light.
http://www.hudsonstarobserver.com/ev...icle/id/42873/

BTW--no AP classes needed.
I have to disagree. Dau does seem like he is among the best and brightest. Just because someone is athletic, doesn't mean they are not smart. These hs kids are actually referred to now as student-athletes (emphasis on student). The article quoted Dau as saying he will serve anywhere in the US and the world. Doesn't seem like he is avoiding any responsibility.
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This recent article highlights why it is NOT always the best and the brightest. I especially love the line about serving his country, but just in the US. I am also amazed that the taxpayers have to pay a very expensive 4 yr. education to get a hockey coach. This article certainly did not portray the AFA in a very positive light.
http://www.hudsonstarobserver.com/ev...icle/id/42873/

BTW--no AP classes needed.
I wouldn't be surprised if he does very well at the Academy and turns out to be an outstanding officer. It takes mental and physical toughness and guts to play hockey at the level he's playing it. His GPA is fine.

I once heard a commander of the Ogden Air Logistics Center, a major general, talk about his Academy experience. He said he went only because he was recruited to play basketball. "I was looking forward to completing my minimum commitment and moving on." he said. Then he laughed and said, "But I'm still here."
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As for the comment about AP classes. I hadn't heard of them until I applied. Why? Because my high school of 200 students didn't offer them. Looks like I didn't need them either since I have a year down and three to go.
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