15 AFA Cadets Under Investigation For Drug Use

By: KKTV/AP
By: KKTV/AP

Fifteen Air Force Academy cadets are under investigation for alleged drug use. The academy says the investigation began in late 2011.

Details of the allegations, including demographics, whether the alleged use happened in dorms, on campus or off campus, or the type of drug allegedly are not immediately available.

The Academy says the cadets may have violated a general order prohibiting the use of intoxicating substances other than alcohol, caffeine, tobacco or prescribed medications. The penalty for violating this order could include trial by court-martial, non-judicial punishment under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, reprimands and involuntary separation from the Air Force.

Air Force Academy spokesman John Van Winkle says the school has a zero drug policy. Van Winkle also says the investigation is not related to the announcement last week that three cadets facing sexual assault charges stemming from separate incidents dating back to the fall of 2010.


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  • by Dan'o Location: CS on Jan 13, 2012 at 06:11 AM
    Gotta wonder if maybe the Academies don't need to refocus on integrity, honor, and duty. Go to a concert at Arnold Hall; retirees out of classes in the 60's look like they are being played by Charlton Heston- they carry themselves upright and move with purpose. The cadets look like they don't know whether to scratch their watch or wind their butts. Maybe they've become students rather than cadets.
  • by Mr X Location: Se spgs on Jan 12, 2012 at 03:58 PM
    Remember these are NOT MEN ! Just I'll boys n gurlls !
  • by Cheryl Location: Co. Springs on Jan 12, 2012 at 02:50 PM
    "other then alcohol" - which is the very worst!
  • by Still? Location: COS on Jan 12, 2012 at 01:40 PM
    Back in the day it was not unusual for seniors to "get caught" with pot so they would get kicked out and not have to do the military time. Is this still happening?
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      by John on Jan 12, 2012 at 11:20 PM in reply to Still?
      "Getting caught" today using drugs leads to a court martial and a federal conviction if found guilty. Any cadet who quits or is discharged after the start of their junior year can be held liable for the cost of their education.
  • by LedHed Location: Colorado Springs on Jan 12, 2012 at 12:45 PM
    Wow, talk about "Aim High"...
  • by taxpayer on Jan 12, 2012 at 12:29 PM
    They are getting the best education that money can't buy, on the backs of taxpayers. It's not too much to expect them to follow strict codes of conduct. Selfish, stupid, spoiled brats!
  • by Lorelei on Jan 12, 2012 at 12:04 PM
    a lot of them, and not just air force, use that K2 or whatever chemical THC (sold as bath crystals or incense, I think) is not detected by regular drug tests.
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