In my opinion, there are two reasons why the Reserve Officers' Training Corps - R.O.T.C. should not be allowed on college and university campuses.
First and foremost, young lives are too valuable to be lost fighting wars. I agree with what Joe Mirabella said in his Bilerico post, "Just Say No to ROTC on College Campuses":
"Colleges and universities should focus all their energy on preserving the lives of their students, and students throughout the world. They should be harbors of peace, not war. Students should never have to face down a recruiter in the cafeteria, or outside class. No, there are better ways."
"College is expensive and becoming more expensive every year as states slash their budgets and as our federal government diverts trillions to war. The military actively preys upon the poor and disadvantaged with the offer of a better future through the GI Bill. They are common in high school cafeterias and college campuses as students struggle to stay afloat. There is no greater predatory practice on our youth than the ROTC."
The other concern I have is what Mr. Mirabella failed to mention. Transgender people are still excluded from having the right to chose not to join the R.O.T.C. or for that matter joining the United States military in any capacity.
It might appear that I want my cake and eat it too but not at all. Equality means having the right to chose - to say "No thank you" to military service - "Have a nice day!"
Both reasons are good enough to ban such an organization.
Will it happen?
The Department of Defense needs bodies. Plain and simple! Statistically 39% of all active duty officers in the Department of Defense are R.O.T.C. graduates. Currently, the US is fighting two wars on two different fronts. The Middle East is a hotbed of unrest. The US military needs bodies to lead the bodies to fight these senseless wars.
There must be better options for the youth and their families who cannot afford the extreme costs of higher education. I agree with Mr. Mirabella when he says,
"Instead, we should invest in more peaceful solutions to students, like the Peace Corps, AmeriaCorps, tuition reimbursement programs for educators, scholarships, grants, and more. We should create additional opportunities for students, opportunities that do not involve the perpetuation of the military industrial complex, but provide opportunities for students to help rebuild America."
LETTER: ROTC Discriminates Against Transgender PeopleOriginal article
Thursday, February 3, 2011
Posted by De Sube at 2/03/2011 12:03:00 PM