Yet the 1983 graduating class prominently declared itself, including a bedsheet-sized banner draped on the college headquarters, as LCWB
or "Last Class With Balls."
Until a month ago, Air Force Academy cadets were still leered at by the now-infamous 2-foot-tall sign that read, "Bring Me Men," and had to grin and bear it when visiting Academy alumni wore caps reading "LCWB
" (Last Class With Balls).
That included the school's fiercely loyal alumni, who seriously tried to raise more than $200 million to take the school private rather than admit women; faculty, who largely welcomed the change; cadets, who feared the watering down of their training and thus their reputation as men (the last all-male class called itself LCWB
, or Last Class With Balls); and groundskeepers, laundry workers and food staff, all of whom would have to accept the new regime.