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Strong and Firm Growth

Strong and Firm Growth

Air Force Academy, Seoul Campus
(Dec.1958 ~ Nov.1985)

The Academy had made efforts to move its base from Jinhae to Seoul from 1954. On December 19th, 1958, the new campus facing Kwan-Ak Mountain at Yondengpo-gu, Daebangdong in Seoul was built. The Academy was finally equipped with modern educational facilities in 10 years. Daebangdong Campus has become the home for the members of Sung-Moo who have struggled together for the growth and development of the Academy. For the thirty years, while the Academy was at Daebangdong, 19 took office as superintendents. These commanders improved the course and environment with methods such as

the use of supersonic fighters to produce human resources with the growth of the Air Force.

On April 11, 1966, former President Park Jung Hee named the academy "Sungmoodae". Academy graduates have called themselves "members of Sungmoo" and formed within themselves a common sentiment and made this a tradition. The most prominent change during the course at Daebangdong Campus was the formulation of regulations and morals. From late 1958, it started to provide for military academy establishment laws and mottos in enforcement ordinance as academy regulations in the law. Finally on December 1, 1959, with approval from the Air Force and Ministry of National Defense, the first academy regulations were

made.Also, seventeen years after the academy was established, in 1966, "Wisdom Virtue Valor" was formulated as a motto that symbolizes the goal of the inauguration and the direction of the academy. This motto changed to "We learn, practice and give our body and mind to our nation and to the sky" with the policy of exclusive use of Hangul in 1970 and is used until this day. The way of the times at Daebangdong Campus when innovative developments in general course took place. In 1961, special skill training which had been done during the cadet time moved to the period after commission.

To run the general course effectively, the four year round course was settled. In 1972, with the altered course, the major system was strengthened. From the twenty fourth-term cadets, National Defense control major graduates received Bachelor of science, aeronautics, mechanics and electronics major graduates received Bachelor of engineering. From the thirty fifth-term cadets, foreign language international relations, business management major graduates received a B.A. and software science major graduates received B.S. During this period, the course at the academy was run with the foreign instructors called in, American air force officers from the U.S. military support in Korea (JUSMAG-KOREA) to improve the ability to speak English. In addition, to have an effective administration of the modified course and to improve the professionalism of the cadets, it increased the scholarship for the graduates to go to civilian universities. It educated 27 cadets in doctor's courses ,and 76 cadets in master's courses. With these long-term professors, it built a solid base for the education of cadets.

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