Asian American's at USAFA

ChiragJesus

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Since I was young to serve, it's been my dream, and as I got older, I learned about the amazing opportunities service academies can provide for those who want to serve their country. I am an Indian American male, and I was wondering what the culture is like there for Indians at service academies. I have heard horror stories of racism of those around me who went to serve. I was wondering if it is the same at USAFA. Obviously, it won't deter me, but I would like to know what I am getting into.
 

trackandfield08

USCGA 2014
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I won’t be so naive as to tell you that you will never encounter racism, or any kind of discrimination, if you decide to join the military. You may or you may not, as the military is, at the end of the day, a subset of the general population. This means that, unfortunately, there will be a few narrow-minded individuals no matter how much training they are put through. However, I can assure you that those people and instances are very much in the minority while those who support you will be in the majority. As I’m sure you know by now, you will always run into someone who will look down on your for one another, whether it’s a hobby your into, what you look like, how you speak, or any other number of reasons. Don’t let those people stop your from pursuing your passions or being proud of who you are. If you want to serve, do it and do it proudly. As Raimus mentioned, there are plenty of avenues to address those concerns should they come to fruition.
 

HCopter

DD USAFA mom
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This year's Wing reading is "They Call Us Enemy" by George Takei.

You can google news articles and follow usafa_dean on instagram.
 

ChiragJesus

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I won’t be so naive as to tell you that you will never encounter racism, or any kind of discrimination, if you decide to join the military. You may or you may not, as the military is, at the end of the day, a subset of the general population. This means that, unfortunately, there will be a few narrow-minded individuals no matter how much training they are put through. However, I can assure you that those people and instances are very much in the minority while those who support you will be in the majority. As I’m sure you know by now, you will always run into someone who will look down on your for one another, whether it’s a hobby your into, what you look like, how you speak, or any other number of reasons. Don’t let those people stop your from pursuing your passions or being proud of who you are. If you want to serve, do it and do it proudly. As Raimus mentioned, there are plenty of avenues to address those concerns should they come to fruition.
I appreciate it, ever since I've little I've wanted to serve. I refuse to let a little racism derail my dream.
 

HCopter

DD USAFA mom
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So the answer to ....I would like to know what I am getting in to...

Regardless of SA or civilian college, or at any time in your life: To uphold good group (team, squadron, company, service branch, etc) dynamics, and to be that person that begins to change bad group dynamics to good. Me too is a necessary and cathartic movement in our society today, but only works if balanced by those that are willing to step up and say, if not me, then who. For every person running for their Marcel Marceau imaginary box safe space, there has to be a ChiragJesus who is DOING.

Notice the difference in these 2 sentences:
ChiragJesus is in squadron x, so you know he will do well.
ChiragJesus is in squadron x, so you know the squadron will do well.
 
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