Equal Opportunity

The newest freshman class at the Air Force Academy may be the most diverse in the school's history.

Out of 1,340 new cadets, 260 are women and 273 are minorities. That means 19 percent of the class of 2008 are women and 20 percent are minorities.

A Defense Department report finds 17 percent of active-duty Air Force officers are female and 19 percent are minorities.

The Academy believes the diversity will create better-trained officers.

A record number of women applied to the school this year despite the sex assault scandal.