CBS Evening News for Sunday, May 29, 1977
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(Studio) 1 year ago women were 1st allowed to enter United States Air Force Academy.
REPORTER: Ed Bradley
(Colorado Springs, Colorado) Update report on 1st class at academy to have women members [1st year cadet Vanessa SABALA - wanted to leave after 1st day, expected to at Christmas, but now wants to go on thru.] Sabala followed brother to academy, so knew more or less what to expect, but others didn't. [SABALA - felt some discrimination, but now feels she can stay here and be as good an officer as men.] Officials agree women keeping up in grades and physical training and dropout rate is lower than men's. [Cadet Bonnie SCHAEFFER - expected to fall behind; but class unity is stressed here, so classes kept together.] Academy brought in women Air Force officers as cnslrs. for women; most men accepted women, but with some reservations. [Cadet Richard HARWOOD - notes attitudes of some male cadets.] Problems and concerns of women noted. [Cadet Marion OWENS - says it's problem to know where to draw line in being women and being cadet.] One problem of 1st year has been mixing of men and women. [Deputy commander Colonel Stan MUSSER - says fraternization has been problem, but not overwhelming one.] Pro gram is called success by Air Force.
REPORTER: Sharron Lovejoy