ROTC Articles

Fixing ROTC

The Army is making great strides reforming ROTC, and it's a task too important to be neglected.
5:00 PM, Feb 11, 2014

The Army’s venerable Reserve Officer Training Corps program is finally getting rebooted.

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Princeton Brings Back Navy ROTC

2:09 PM, Feb 07, 2014

Princeton University is restoring ties with Navy ROTC (NROTC). Starting this fall, students will be able to participate in a cross-town program with Rutgers University, itself established only recently, in March 2012.

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'The Return of ROTC to New York City'

3:19 PM, Oct 21, 2013

Cheryl Miller on ROTC returning to New York City:

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Columbia Celebrates Return of Naval ROTC

2:44 PM, Oct 01, 2013

One year after renewing its ties with Naval ROTC, Columbia University held a welcome ceremony for its returning midshipmen yesterday afternoon.

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A Boston Bombings Lesson

1:10 PM, Apr 30, 2013

The reaction of most Americans to the tragedy in Boston was typical: We came together as a nation, mourned our fallen, and applauded our newest heroes.  The sight of first-responders running to the sound of danger within mere seconds of the explosions, not away from disaster as human instinct might dictate, was nothing short of exceptional—but also characteristically American. Indeed, for 237 years, Americans have risked all to help their fellow citizens, strangers, and foreigners equally.  

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Columbia's 'Half-Hearted Implementation' of ROTC

2:38 PM, Oct 04, 2012

Last year, when elite universities began announcing their intentions to bring back ROTC, Jonathan E. Hillman and I cautioned that if Ivy League ROTC was to succeed, it would require a real commitment from both the schools and the military.

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Brown University Maintains Campus Ban on ROTC

10:04 AM, Oct 25, 2011

The radicals have won at Brown University. Even as other elite schools are welcoming ROTC back, the corporation, the University’s highest governing body, has affirmed President Ruth Simmons’s recommendation to maintain its campus ban on ROTC.

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‘Crimson Valor’

1:34 PM, Oct 21, 2011

Navy captain Phil Keith (Ret.), a fighter pilot commissioned through NROTC at Harvard, has just published a history, Crimson Valor, profiling the 17 graduates of Harvard who have been awarded the Medal of Honor.

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Brown University President Wants to Pass on ROTC

12:14 PM, Oct 20, 2011

ROTC will not be returning to Brown University if the corporation, the university’s highest governing body, follows the recommendation just released by President Ruth J. Simmons.

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12:33 PM, Jun 01, 2011

The ROTC is booming, writes the Los Angeles Times. Not only have several elite schools ended their Vietnam-era bans on the program – with Yale, most recently, establishing the only Naval ROTC program in the entire state of Connecticut on its campus – participation has increased by 27 percent nationwide over the last four years.

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Happy Hour: Welcome Back, ROTC

6:00 PM, May 27, 2011

Krauthammer: "What Obama did to Israel"

This is the way the world ends, not with a bang but with cohabitation.

Change you can believe in: Harvard magazine does favorable piece on ROTC.

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Yale Lifts ROTC Ban

12:57 PM, May 06, 2011

As expected, the Yale College faculty voted Thursday to remove all obstacles to hosting an on-campus ROTC program. The Yale Daily News reported a “significant majority” in favor. According to a source, support was so strong a simple show of hands was enough to decide the issue; no ballots necessary. Yale has been in talks with the Navy and Air Force about restoring its ROTC programs.

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'A Case Study of ROTC in New York City'

10:59 AM, May 06, 2011

Cheryl Miller, at the American Enterprise Institute, has written an informative report on ROTC, titled "A Case Study of ROTC in New York City." Here are some of the reports key findings:


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ROTC Surges on Elite College Campuses

7:51 AM, Apr 23, 2011

Yesterday was a big day for ROTC. Just three weeks after Columbia’s university senate voted in favor of engaging with ROTC, Columbia has announced it will reinstate its Navy ROTC program. The agreement between President Lee C. Bollinger and Navy secretary Ray Mabus marks the end of a 42-year ban on the program.

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Donald Kagan Says to Bring Back ROTC

The famed historian speaks out.
12:30 PM, Apr 12, 2011

Donald Kagan has a great piece in the New Haven Register on why Yale (and other schools) should bring ROTC back to campus. The piece has a particularly moving passage on the heroism of the American soldier:

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Columbia University Approves ROTC Resolution

2:42 PM, Apr 01, 2011

The university senate at Columbia just passed a resolution, 51-17-1, expressing support for inviting the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps back to campus.

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ROTC returns to Harvard, the Qaddafi concerts, & more

From the Scrapbook
Mar 14, 2011

ROTC Returns to Harvard

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Reaction to Harvard ROTC

4:33 PM, Mar 04, 2011

 Harvard President Drew Faust and Navy Secretary Ray Mabus just signed the agreement officially welcoming ROTC back on Harvard grounds.

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Will Columbia be Next to Allow ROTC?

1:34 PM, Mar 04, 2011

Columbia University’s Task Force on Military Engagement just released its full report on ROTC. As previously reported, the student survey went in favor of bringing ROTC back to campus: Sixty percent of students approved restoring the program. A quick look at some of the findings:

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Harvard ROTC Round-Up

10:52 AM, Mar 04, 2011

The return of ROTC to Harvard might be (as the Politico’s Mike Allen notes) “the most underplayed story.” At the Washington Post’s website, the news has been relegated to a mere blog post, while the New York Times webpage is giving better play to a story about James Franco’s studies at Yale.

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Harvard to Allow ROTC to Return (UPDATED)

7:41 PM, Mar 03, 2011

Great news: Harvard University will officially recognize its Naval ROTC program tomorrow. The agreement – to be signed by Harvard president Drew Faust and Navy secretary Ray Mabus – marks the end of the school’s 41-year ban against the program.

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Why is Harvard Not Restoring ROTC?

12:33 PM, Mar 02, 2011

Why the wait? That's the question ACTA president Anne Neal is asking Harvard about restoring ROTC to campus. As she points out, providing official recognition to ROTC – as opposed to establishing a new unit on campus – is an action that the university can and should undertake immediately.

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Columbia Professors, Including Rashid Khalidi, Issue Statement Against ROTC

2:14 PM, Feb 28, 2011

A group of faculty members at Columbia and Barnard have issued a statement opposing ROTC's return to campus. The statement isn't terribly noteworthy in itself—except that one of the signatories taking issue with the potential "militarization" of the university is Rashid Khalidi, activist Middle Eastern studies professor and notorious pro-Palestinian cheerleader. Apparently, the "use of force" is "antithetical" to the ethos of the university—but only if America or our allies are involved.

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Are Columbia's ROTC Opponents Anti-Military?

8:44 AM, Feb 24, 2011

From the Columbia Spectator, an amusing story about ROTC opponents who are feeling unduly chastised by the media storm over the treatment of Iraq veteran Anthony Maschek at a student forum.

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Mr. Bollinger, Tear Down This School!

9:05 AM, Feb 22, 2011

“This is a place,” says Columbia University president Lee Bollinger of his Ivy League institution,

that respects ideas, values diversity of thought and experience and, perhaps most importantly, recognizes that what defines great scholarship is not the easy acceptance of what we already know, but the relentless determination to discover what we still have to learn.

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Who Speaks for Columbia Students?

4:29 PM, Feb 21, 2011

Today, the Columbia Spectator stated its support for renewing the university’s ROTC program and urged students to vote “yes” in the university Senate’s ongoing survey.

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At ROTC Hearing, Columbia Students Mock Disabled War Vet

3:15 PM, Feb 20, 2011

A shocking story in the New York Post today. At a hearing about whether ROTC should return to Columbia University now that Don't Ask Don't Tell has been repealed, students openly mocked a disabled Iraq war veteran arguing in favor of the program:

"Racist!" some students yelled at Anthony Maschek, a Columbia freshman and former Army staff sergeant awarded the Purple Heart after being shot 11 times in a firefight in northern Iraq in February 2008. Others hissed and booed the veteran.

Maschek, 28, had bravely stepped up to the mike Tuesday at the meeting to issue an impassioned challenge to fellow students on their perceptions of the military.

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