From the Military Times
An Air Force Academy tradition of throwing cadet first sergeants into
the season's first snowfall ended in a brawl that left 27 cadets in
need of medical treatment for everything from concussions, bitemarks,
and cuts, according to an internal academy email obtained by the Air
“This ritual has devolved to become increasingly
violent, with significant numbers of cadets requiring medical care over
the past two years," Dean of Faculty Brigadier Gen. Dana Born wrote in
an email sent to Academy department heads.
She said the tradition of throwing cadets into the snow "has turned
into a brawl between upperclassmen defending the first sergeant and the
four degrees trying to capture the first sergeant."
“Obviously, this has gotten out of hand and cannot be repeated,” Born wrote. “There is no way we can condone or defend this.”