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Air Force Academy gets tough on alcohol in wake of sex assaults

By Associated Press
Published September 27, 2003

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. - Air Force Academy cadets who break rules on alcohol use will be treated like anyone else in the military under a new policy following the school's sexual assault scandal.

Punishments could include reprimands, loss of privileges, brig time, forfeiture of pay and reduction in rank, school officials told the Associated Press on Friday.

In the past, cadets got demerits and had to march around the academy for lengthy periods if they were caught violating alcohol rules. The rules ban drinking in dormitories, underage drinking or possession of alcohol, providing alcohol to someone underage, "excessive use of alcohol to the discredit of the armed forces" and "failing to exercise leadership responsibilities in the presence of underage drinking.

Alcohol was involved in 40 percent of the 142 sexual assault cases at the academy in the past decade, according to an Air Force inquiry.

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