Stanford Should Welcome ROTC Back to Campus

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]

Author: Keith Humphreys

Keith Humphreys is the Esther Ting Memorial Professor of Psychiatry at Stanford University and an Honorary Professor of Psychiatry at Kings College London. His research, teaching and writing have focused on addictive disorders, self-help organizations (e.g., breast cancer support groups, Alcoholics Anonymous), evaluation research methods, and public policy related to health care, mental illness, veterans, drugs, crime and correctional systems. Professor Humphreys' over 300 scholarly articles, monographs and books have been cited over thirteen thousand times by scientific colleagues. He is a regular contributor to Washington Post and has also written for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Monthly, San Francisco Chronicle, The Guardian (UK), The Telegraph (UK), Times Higher Education (UK), Crossbow (UK) and other media outlets.

5 thoughts on “Stanford Should Welcome ROTC Back to Campus”

  1. Yes, exactly. Most have no idea after they put the magnetic ribbon on their 14MPG SUV that they leave running in the parking lot. Thank you. It is hard when you serve, and hard readjusting, hard all around.

  2. Why limit yourself to advocating only for an ROTC program at one campus? I’m in favor of a minimum of two years of compulsory military service by every young adult. This would spread the burden to every family and it would provide a common, unifying experience to entire generations.

    Of course, if every family had skin in the game, so to speak, we wouldn’t be in three wars right now. So yeah, compulsory service would also act as a much needed limit on imperial adventurism.

  3. This Stanford grad agrees — ROTC belongs back on the Stanford campus, for the good of the country and for the good of the University.

  4. jm: “Of course, if every family had skin in the game, so to speak, we wouldn’t be in three wars right now. So yeah, compulsory service would also act as a much needed limit on imperial adventurism.”

    You’re far more optimistic that I am. I’ve been disappointed too often in the ability of the American people to get f*cked over, and to support those who did it.

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