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Elis for ROTC

Yale students want ROTC:

A new survey by the Yale College Council reveals substantial student support for ROTC’s return to campus.

Of the 1,346 undergraduates surveyed this November, almost 70 percent support the establishment of an ROTC unit on campus. Nearly 300 respondents who are not in ROTC expressed interested in participating in the program, and almost 100 said they would consider joining ROTC if a unit were established at Yale.

Almost 40 percent of students said that they would welcome ROTC back at Yale regardless of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” the military policy preventing gays and lesbians from openly serving in the military which was formally repealed by President Barack Obama Wednesday. Another 30 percent of students said they would support ROTC’s return if the policy were repealed.

But according to the survey, 16.5 percent of students oppose ROTC’s return to Yale. Those students cited moral opposition to the United States military or the military’s “War on Terror.” Others said military culture would not fit into Yale’s campus culture.

John J. Miller is the national correspondent for National Review and the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. His new book is Reading Around: Journalism on Authors, Artists, and Ideas.

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