CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Jul 04, 1973
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(Studio) Many of 1500 entrants at Air Force Academy each year don't finish.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd
(Colorado Springs, Colorado) Senator Birch Bayh requested General Accounting Office study of academy attrition. Bayh notes 1970 dropout rate 27.9%; 1971, 33.2%; 1972, 39.5% ; 1973, 29.8%. Dropout rate higher than at Annapolis and West Point. [Keith KAPOSTA - says academy wants clay image.) [Russell TALLY - says doesn't feel academy gives or teaches responsibility.] Son of late astronaut Edward White quit. [WHITE - says hoped for career like father, but academy didn't motivate him.] Most complaints in with regard to "little things". Reporter says what is tradition at older academies is nit-picking at Air Force Academy. [Supt. academy General A.P. CLARK - says is tough environmental inherent in military training.] Some charge bright students eliminated, robots left behind. [Former academy psychiatrist Lee COLEMAN - says best cadets often leave.] Graduating cadets dispute this view. [Cadet Michael CHASE - says couldn't have depended on those who left.] General Accounting Office report due mid-July.
REPORTER: Ike Pappas
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