Academy Physical Training

Story of a man's immigration journey from a primitive African village to the United States Air Force Academy as an international exchange cadet. Stark images of the dissonance between two worlds, one where poverty reigns and the other where goodwill outweighs good sense. This book reveals the epic struggle of immigrants everywhere searching for a better life in the United States, only to find that what they've left behind haunts them even past pledging their allegiance to a new flag of hope.  Adopting America contains vivid imagery of what it's like to try to exist within a world that is not your own--of how it feels to adopt the ways of the Western world. A true story of International Adoption intertwines with the plot to give a realistic view of what it's like to adopt children from a third world country and hope they adopt American ways.  This book also includes a detailed account of life as an international exchange cadet at the United States Air Force Academy, with contrasts to third world military systems in comparison to the more developed U.S. military.

Story of a man’s immigration journey from a primitive African village to the United States Air Force Academy as an international exchange cadet. Stark images of the dissonance between two worlds, one where poverty reigns and the other where goodwill outweighs good sense. This book reveals the epic struggle of immigrants everywhere searching for a better life in the United States, only to find that what they’ve left behind haunts them even past pledging their allegiance to a new flag of hope.
Adopting America contains vivid imagery of what it’s like to try to exist within a world that is not your own–of how it feels to adopt the ways of the Western world. A true story of International Adoption intertwines with the plot to give a realistic view of what it’s like to adopt children from a third world country and hope they adopt American ways.
This book also includes a detailed account of life as an international exchange cadet at the United States Air Force Academy, with contrasts to third world military systems in comparison to the more developed U.S. military.

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Training at the academy felt a lot like the awkward shock therapy of childhood where everything seemed abnormal but there was no time to formulate a defensive response without calling unwanted attention to myself. Out of the need to survive, it was essential to stay in line, keep up with the group rhythm, and never fall behind. Though I was familiar with the rigor of being pushed beyond what felt like my personal limits, it had been a long time since I’d taken orders from anyone. And submission to confining humiliation was only an initial attempt to finish what I wasn’t sure I should have started.

It took a whole year to get my second wind and by the time I felt like it was possible to finish, it began to feel like I was running a whole new race. Every year had its challenges and every challenge had its advantages and disadvantages. The first year at the academy was difficult for me in every way—academically, socially, physically and emotionally. Not knowing English, and being thrown into the military mosh pit of U.S. Air Force Academy zealots, I was just trying to mimic the madness around me. Though I rarely understood the implications of various facets of training, my raw physical strength and calloused emotional makeup made me a perfect candidate for completing the first phase of physical and mental conditioning.

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