AirForce Academy (PC or Mac)

Discussion in 'Air Force Academy - USAFA' started by USAFAAlltheway, Nov 5, 2018.

  1. USAFAAlltheway

    USAFAAlltheway New Member

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    Hi, I am a Mac user and I was wondering if I could bring my Mac to the AirForce academy when I join. Would that be possible?
     
  2. raimius

    raimius 10-Year Member

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    You can bring it, but you may not be able to connect to the local network. I don't know the details of the current USAFA network, but government network security is more restrictive, and the communications squadron is usually not eager to connect private computers.
     
  3. FMHS-79

    FMHS-79 Parent

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    +1 @raimius Even if you have your personal Mac delivered after BCT, most of the resources you will need on a daily basis will only be available through the windows-based laptop issued by USAFA.
     
  4. fencersmother

    fencersmother 10-Year Member Founding Member

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    One suggests you leave your laptop at home (give it to Little Brother!).
     
  5. Twins4us

    Twins4us New Member

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    From our visit this past weekend, which included a tour of a doolie room, there does not appear to be any "personal" items in ones room the first year...aside from photos.
     
  6. MELENDEZ1776

    MELENDEZ1776 New Member

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    4 degree here, I had my parents bring mine up after BCT. You can either use your own hotspot or buy the civilian WiFi here.
     
  7. AFrpaso

    AFrpaso USAFA Alumnus 5-Year Member

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    "Appear" is the key word here, haha.

    It's probably not as useless to own a personal computer as it was a few years ago given that civilian wifi is now available. Also, you can have a personal laptop configured for use on the government network, but be aware that you sacrifice some privacy. I saw a few cadets do it, but never with an Apple computer.

    You will be required the purchase the cadet laptop anyway.
     
  8. KamikazeKim

    KamikazeKim Member

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    You can go ahead and bring it. I have a personal computer that I use for most of my school work and when I need to send emails or do anything official, I use the issued laptop.