Air Force Academy - Religious sensitivity training began Tuesday at the Air Force Academy, an effort focused on teaching respect for all spiritual beliefs.
The academy launched a program called Respecting the Spiritual Values of All People, or RSVP, after a cadet survey in fall 2003 showed 50 percent of cadets had heard religious slurs and jokes. The survey also raised concerns about unwanted proselytizing on the campus and a perception that Christian cadets are favored over non-Christians.
The 4,100 cadets will meet in groups of 35 to 50 so that each of them attends the 50-minute class by June 1. The academy plans for each cadet in the class of 2006 and beyond to receive the training at least twice before graduation.
"The issue is not about religion; it is about respecting everyone's right to believe as they choose," said Capt. Melinda Morton, an academy chaplain. "A lot of our folks come ...