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Palm Beach Post, Friday, December 10, 1976 C13 TX V V ? I R. KAUFMAN JEWELERS HP vl think what it takes to get into the academy is someone who is active and involved in many things. Clubs and athletics. You don't need anything military. You need an open mind and good attitudes. If you're willing to accept a challenge and strive, you'll make it.' Carol Klasmeier 0 J 4)1 Beautiful MOTHER'S t RINGS AF Cadet Carol Klasmeier a gift that she will cherish forever. 8 ts Bullish on the Academy m I S J&jj2' Similar FjJcJ Illustration W OUR LOW PRICE See V with SSf r Jj 1 One isjro Many ts rU I Stone GIFT K 3f IDEAS Our Many GIFT IDEAS mmediate EXTRA STONES $3.50 EACH Delivery Yellow or White gold f:y rvsn even I g MEMBER S OF THE FAMILY 8 FOR EVERY MEMBER iW OF THE FAMILY w w oh m "I didn't have to dust the furniture every morning and shine shoes. But I think I was reasonably neat. "I am extremely neat now." Klasmeier hopes to make the Air Force her career. If an experimental program to train women pilots proves feasible, she would like to learn to fly. It would be in the family tradition. Her dad, Capt. Leonard Klasmeier, recently retired after 34 years as a pilot, many of them with American Airlines. "And my mother was a stewardess for five years," Klasmeier said. Her academic load this semester includes chemistry, biology, calculus, advanced French, world history, computer science, military science, physical education. "Plus, the military training that goes on 24 hours a day. Sometimes Klasmeier is asked if she would go into combat. "Nobody wants to, but when I take my oath as an officer - to 'do my duty' - it means to do whatever is required." km mmmhmBmm 8 R. KAUFMAN JEWELERS 8 - I uraillj DINKS TWIN CITY MALL K-MART PLAZA DELRAY MALL 400 Noflhlali. Blvd. h, 428 Hill 8lvd. f 164 S. hdttal Hwy. No. Palm loach, Ho. W.it Polm B.oth, Flo III Dolrov loach. Ha. tol: 13051 144-6166 ! (305) 965-8556 X (30S) 272-5866 OPEN 9 'til 9 - SUN. 12-5 INSTANT CREDIT TERMS By PATRICIA McCORMACK UPI Education Editor At the Air Force Academy the pioneer women cadets, on the average, edged out the males in grades halfway through the first semester. The score: 2.72 for the women and 2.68 for the men, following a pattern set at the other service academies. But the first gals to join the corps aren't about to razz the guys over the slight lead. Not at the Air Force Academy, at least. Such a tactic might damage the spirit of the corps, to hear Cadet Carol Klasmeier, of Valley Stream, N.Y., tell it. "You become very strong in your devotion to the academy and don't want to do anything to damage it," Klasmeier said in an interview while in New York with the Academy Drum and Bugle Corps. She carries a flag with the corps - the closest thing to a musical connection for her right now at the academy. Next year, she hopes to move up to the glockenspiel. Klasmeier would have tried to be a concert pianist if she hadn't made it to the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. Her musical talents extend to the sax - which she played in jazz ensembles during high school. Honor grades in high school helped Klasmeier make it in the academy. Her other credentials include a yellow belt in karate and time spent on the track. "I think what it takes to get into the academy is someone who is active and involved in many things," she said. "Clubs and athletics. You don't need anything military. You need an open mind and good attitudes. If you're willing to accept a challenge and strive, you'll make it. "I really have very strong emotions about the school. I wouldn't give it up or trade. "There are some things I don't like but those things won't keep me from reaching my goal." One thing most of the women cadets abhor: the half-beret, half-pillbox felt hats designed especially for them. "To be worn with the off-post uniform," Klasmeier said. "We also think the cut of the trousers could be a little better." What are the chances of changing these things? "Well, if 157 of us write letters up the chain of command, we might be listened to," she said. Among the pioneer women at service academies, those at the Air Force Academy have the best record on staying. The attrition rate since last July is 7.01 per cent for the women there compared to an attrition rate of 21 per cent at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. West Point has the biggest dropout rate of any service school. Klasmeier, who spent an orientation weekend at both academies, withdrew her application to West Point when accepted by the Air Force. She said the Air Force Academy seemed, "in both attitude and preparation," tetter geared to accept women. Women at West Point have, in previous interviews, said the poor acceptance by some male cadets made their adjustment to the corps difficult. "Oh, we go through being 'doolies,' all us fourth-class persons do," Klasmeier said. "Doolie means slave, the upper-classmen keep us hopping, as is the tradition." But new male freshmen get the same treatment and the girls don't feel the riding is directed at them because they are "women invading a bastion of masculinity." Physical training in the summer, with its simulated battle conditions, obstacle and confidence courses, was stressful. The cadets must dust their bedroom furniture every morning, wash the mirrors and brush the floor. "Were you so neat at home," she was asked. CI&WTCo. "htroducinglkct 1UW HaiSo 1UW UUo 9 Chances are, you've never heard gas and cigarettes mentioned together before. Just 'tar' and nicotine. According to some critics of smoking, gases are part of the controversy too. You see, smoke is mostly gas. Different kinds of gas. And despite what we tobacco people think, these THAT'S A LONG CHRISTMAS ) OFT LIST, 'SUNNY!" 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