The Navy is no doubt taking their upcoming game with the Air Force Falcons very seriously.
But in a video released on YouTube over the weekend – the Midshipmen show they still have a very good sense of humor about the whole longstanding rivalry.
Clinging to the narrative – it seems – that Air Force cadets have trouble with any athletic event on the ground – the Navy put out this video ahead of the big game this weekend. The Navy–Air Force game, which originated 43 years ago, is traditionally played on the first Saturday in October.
The video is clearly poking fun at the cadets, who find it quite challenging to adjust to life in a Navy environment. It begins with the title: “Air Force transition to Navy environment,” or AFTNE. The host for the next few minutes, tells the audience that for the past five weeks cadets were brought in to see if they can exist in a Navy environment.
The cadets were tested in the areas of: Cardiovascular fitness –Strength training – Drill and marching –Seamanship and Navigation, and they even introduced a pool phase, to test water survival skills. That didn’t go as planned, the narrator tells us!
“Only thing the cadets were able to do successfully was the sixth and final test — musical chairs.”
After all six tests are given, two Navy officers are seen secretly discussing how they’re “not sure how long this program will last.”
At the end of the video, we are told that, “Shortly after the film was created, the AFTNE training program was decommissioned. Only two cadets showed signs of progress.”
The video ends with a quick reference to the game and of course one final playful jab at the Air Force: “Go Navy — Beat Chair Force!”
While many attendees at both schools take the rivalry very seriously as the game is happening, it is rare that they let it extend beyond that, into their professional lives.
The Navy-Air Force football game officially started following a fixed schedule and becoming a yearly event at both schools in 1972. That same year, the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy, which is the prize for the winning team, was also introduced.
The Air Force has maintained a “considerable margin of victories” over the Navy. The Falcons had a long winning streak in the 90s and early 2000s, but the Navy started to regain some of its lost ground in the mid-2000s. The current title holder is the Air Force, following their victory last year with a score of 30-21.
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