Discussion in 'Air Force Academy - USAFA' started by the tone, Oct 25, 2012.
Are the cadets permitted to have tablets, such as Kindle, Nexus, Samsung, etc?
Depends on your Squadron and the privileges they let you have based on your rank. (C4C's have a lot more restrictions.) Also, many teachers won't let you use one in class.
I wouldn't recommending taking one with you to basic. You can always have your parents bring it to you over parents weekend, or have a friend ship it to you once you can find out whether or not you can use it.
Depends if you're a 4*, yes if you're an upperclassman. There's no wifi in the dorms and tablets can't access the wifi in Fairchild, so I personally don't see loads of value of having one.
Many people use their cellphone's 3G or 4G connection for wifi. Then, depending on your carrier, you may or may not have to pay extra fees, but the option is there.
That answers the question! Thanks for the assist.
Do you actually mingle with the cadets at the academy?
Are you able to go to their campus? Spend time in their dorms?
Isn't the prep separated from the actual academy?
How is it that you seem knowledgeable of what goes on at the academy when you're not there yet?
LFry94 has been very active in these forums for over a year and has gleaned much information from the many posts he's read and the many questions he asked. He is very knowledgeable on the USAFA goings on. Many of the posters on this forum have not experienced the Academy first hand, but that does not mean that we don’t know what some of the rules and regulations are. That is the reason why LFry94 and others can assist with questions for those interested in attending USAFA as well as their parents. Please be careful when you call into question someone’s credentials on an anonymous forum like this. We are all here to help and/or to get help.
LFry94 may not be their yet but his information is accurate. He has done his research and only seems to post what he knows. He is a standup guy that owns what he says. If you feel a need to question him you might consider doing it in a more mature manner, perhaps a pm.
I am thankful for the valuable resource this forum provides. I am curious on the differences of prep school and actual cadets at the USAFA. Being an anonymous forum, I'm trying to differentiate first hand advice versus hearsay.
Yes, the two are separated, but I have been on the USAFA campus several times for many reasons. We are not supposed to mingle with the cadets at the academy, but the world is a small place and CO Springs is even smaller. It's literally impossible to go anywhere in the springs over the weekend without running into a cadet. Also, the prep schoolers have been given a few occasions to have our questions answered by cadets. Many of our teachers here at the prep school are academy grads themselves and can answer our questions as well, and the cans/can'ts and dos/don'ts at the prep school are just like those at the academy.
I do try to give the most accurate answers as I possibly can.
That being said, my first hand account is this:
We aren't allowed to have any form of personal electronics without first receiving permission from our leadership. (That includes tablets, laptops, cellphones, speakers, etc.) Currently, we have the privilege of using our ipods and cellphones. Other electronics are restricted until further notice.
My second hand account gathered from my own questions asked here on the forums and of cadets is exactly what I posted above:
Freshman have a lot of restrictions, but every Squadron has different leadership and thus different rules/timeframes regarding electronics. (This actually applies to the prep school as well, but this is what I know about the academy.) Teachers all have different rules for their classrooms and some permit electronic note taking devices (a.k.a laptops/tablets) and some don't.
Hope that helps clear things up.
Thanks for taking the time to respond.
To have a detailed description of how it is from your perspective is very informative. Keep up the good work and best of luck to you and your future endeavors.
Very well stated, Levi!
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