This is coolbert:
Those military cadets and midshipmen from the Air Force Academy and the Naval Academy consuming "Spice" were seeking an advantage over potential adversaries?
USAFA and Naval Academy graduates, many of whom will become "Top Guns" of the future, had the novel and movie "Dune" in mind when they imbibed the "Spice"?
I speak in total jest of course here, but nonetheless, some of those expelled had been watching too many science-fiction movies?
Spice - - the control in the movie and novel "Dune" of which was essential to domination of the universe. Spice - - a substance without which interstellar space travel was impassible, the Guild Navigator mutated beings able to transgress the bounds of normal existence, transgressions of a positive nature only accomplished through the ingestion of Spice.
"The Spice Melange, commonly referred to simply as 'the spice', was a naturally produced awareness spectrum narcotic that formed a fundamental block of commerce and technological development in the known universe for millennia. It also played an important role in travel and cultural development."
"it could awaken dormant parts of the human mind and encourage expanded sensory perceptions. In some humans . . . heavy doses led to powerful abilities that include prescience"
"Effects on those who consume melange are outlined below":
■ Mind altering
■ Health benefits
■ Physical effects
"A Guild Navigator was a senior rank of artificially super evolved humans within the Spacing Guild, and for many Guildsmen the pinnacle of their ambitions. Mutated through the consumption of and exposure to massive amounts of the spice Melange, Navigators are able to use a mentally conditioned and trained form of prescience to safely navigate interstellar and galactic space in long range starships called Heighliners."
Spice, as obtained legally and over-the-counter in such places as Colorado, is not the same "Spice" as is found in the novel and movie "Dune". Obviously so!
"Top Guns" from either the Air Force or Naval Academies must rather eschew and avoid intoxicating substance to the greatest degree possible. Even the consumption of alcohol can numb the brain and sense to the point where "Top Gun" performance is greatly inhibited.
A fact lost on those persons recently expelled. Again, too bad!