Friday, December 17, 2004

At Ivy League schools, ROTC, long banned, plots a comeback

I think this is a good. I don't understand why on earth we as taxpayers should be funding these colleges if they are not in compliance with Federal funding rules and regs. They don't want ROTC fine, but then de-fund the school. That's it, no discussion. Maybe when some of these radical socialist and communist professors lose their ivory tower positions they'll think twice about slurring the USA.

I've just taken different excerpts to highlight from this article.

In a letter that is about to be sent to Harvard alumni, Lt. Col. Brian Baker, the commander of the ROTC Army battalion at MIT, says he plans to meet with Harvard President Lawrence Summers in the spring to lobby for a Harvard beachhead. "Our nation needs a cross section of America represented in its officer corps," he writes, adding that he wants to double the number of Harvard cadets to 100.

The latest effort comes after the Defense Business Board, an advisory group to Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, issued a little-noticed report this year that called for a return of ROTC to elite, mostly Ivy League, campuses. Members focused on Harvard, but also discussed Columbia and Stanford.

Congress has also ratcheted up the pressure by passing a measure sponsored by Rep. Chris Cox (R., Calif.), a Harvard alumnus. The bill, recently signed into law by President Bush, strengthened an earlier law and made it clear that Congress has empowered the government to withdraw millions of dollars in federal funding from schools that bar military recruiters or the ROTC.

Great - now Enforce it!

The recent developments at the Pentagon, in Congress and in the courtroom have put presidents like Harvard's Mr. Summers in a tight spot.

Oh boo freakin' hoo for Mr. Summers. My heart bleeds.....not!

Here's some example's of what those who do join ROTC go through:

At Harvard, the top-ranking Army cadet this semester is senior Elliott Neal, who grew up in Camdenton, Mo., a one-stoplight town in the Ozarks. More than a dozen of his high-school classmates enlisted. Mr. Neal says he views the Army as a form of public service, though he also appreciates the full Harvard scholarship.

He says fellow Harvard students often treat him as a curiosity. "Gosh, you don't seem like you want to shoot people," Mr. Neal, 21, recalls being told recently.

Are Harvard students really this ignorant? OMG...that is just pathetic.

But Brown currently has only two cadets, who travel a couple of miles to Providence College for Army ROTC. At Yale, the three Air Force cadets must drive 75 miles to the University of Connecticut at Storrs. "I bet we lose three to five a year" because of the inconvenience, says Jerry Hill, Yale's ROTC adviser.

One day recently, Justin Elliott, a Yale senior and Air Force ROTC student commander on the UConn campus, picked up a rental car to drive more than an hour to Storrs. In his crisp olive flight suit, he walked by a war memorial honoring Yale alumni. "It's amazing to think how many graduates had fought and died," he says.

In public statements, Mr. Summers has stressed his pride in Harvard ROTC cadets. He has made it a practice to speak at ROTC commissioning ceremonies and, last spring, mentioned by name those serving in Iraq. Harvard now lets ROTC send mailings to students, and it allows cadets to appear in uniform in the yearbook.

Wow - he even stooped down to mention those serving in Iraq! And now cadets can appear in uniform in the yearbook.....ooooooooh. I'm so impressed.


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