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The Other ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

Why won’t the Pentagon stand up for ROTC?

Nov 22, 2010, Vol. 16, No. 10 • By CHERYL MILLER
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Of course, the Defense Department has its reasons for not wanting to strong-arm ROTC’s presence on university campuses via Solomon. Given the level of cooperation between a university and the military needed to make an ROTC program work, it’s understandable that the Pentagon does not want to be in the position of pushing to have a program where faculty and administrative support is lacking. 

Nevertheless, it should not be left to the Pentagon to decide whether a law of the land will be enforced or not. By adopting its own version of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” the Pentagon is only encouraging the growing gap between American elites and those who put their lives at risk for our freedoms. As Gates warned, America can no longer afford its best and brightest thinking of military service as “something for other people to do.”

Cheryl Miller manages the Program on American Citizenship at the American Enterprise Institute.

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