Friendships formed at the United States Air Force Academy: alumni perceptions of social capital and resilience
This study examined friendships among US Air Force Academy cadets from the perspective of Academy alumni. Alumni data reveal the value of cadet friendships where resultant social cohesion is tied to resilience throughout military training as well as to long-term professional relationships. Friendships are the locus of resilience within the Cadet Wing, and alumni experiences reveal that social capital development begins as early as Basic Cadet Training. The study's theoretical model, adapted from Weidman's (1989) study of college freshmen social interactivity, juxtaposes cadet attributes (demographic ...
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