Big vote in our academic council senate this Thursday, and an easy one for me. There is much to be gained from bringing ROTC back, both because of the mutual learning that could occur between universities and the military and because I see a number of young veterans feeling isolated on university campuses because no one understands what they have gone through and continue to go through.
My faculty colleagues are very supportive of my wife and me as we cope with the multiple tours of her beloved brother. Many of them have said that I am the only person in their circle who has family serving in Iraq or Afghanistan. I am grateful for their kindness at a personal level, but at a political level I am troubled by how easy it is for a nation to go to war when the class of people who do the deciding don’t even know the people they are sending into harm’s way.
Bill Perry, as ever, makes his case well here:
[UPDATE: THE MOTION TO WELCOME ROTC BACK CARRIED BY SLIGHTLY MORE THAN A 3 TO 1 MARGIN]