Stanford Committee to Study Possible Return of ROTC

March 8, 2010

The Faculty Senate at Stanford University last week voted to create a committee to study the feasibility of returning Reserve Officers' Training Corps programs to the campus. Stanford's ROTC units were phased out in the early 1970s amid faculty questions about requirements and campus opposition to the Vietnam War. More recently, the university and many others have indicated that they don't want programs on campus that discriminate against gay people, as the military does. But Stanford officials said that with the likely end of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" in the next year or so, the time is right to reconsider the issue. Currently, a small number of Stanford students are in ROTC, but they must participate through programs at nearby universities, not on their home campus.

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