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Academy Assault Initiation

A new and milder version of an initiation rite for new cadets will return to the Air Force Academy this summer, three years after it was suspended amid fears it encouraged abuse of lowerclassmen.

The Academy's superintendent, Lieutenant General John Regni, says cultural problems at the school have been "mitigated," leading him to reinstate the rite, called Recognition.

School officials say Recognition won't include the verbal abuse, long marches, mandatory push-ups and other hazing of previous years.

It'll now be two days of strenuous physical training before students get to wear the prop-and-wings insignia of the cadet wing.

Recognition was suspended in 2003 as the academy was working to change its culture after dozens of female cadets said they were punished or forced out for reporting sexual assaults.


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