Washington D.C. – In a letter to President Barack Obama today, Congressman Duncan Hunter, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, called on the President to fully restore ROTC on college and university campuses nationwide. Several elite higher education institutions -- including Columbia, Harvard and Yale -- continue to deny students the opportunity to pursue a career in the military or even consider the educational benefits and life experiences that are unique to military service.
The reason most often cited for the prohibition on ROTC was the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT)” policy, which has been overturned and no longer serves as an excuse for anti-military activists.
The prohibition on ROTC reached a new low-point recently, when a Columbia University student was publicly heckled during a town hall meeting on the subject of restoring military officer training. The student, an Iraq war veteran who was shot 11 times, spent almost two years recovering from near fatal wounds at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
Congressman Hunter, a Marine combat veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, said that such overt disrespect is “an insult to anyone who has ever worn a uniform in defense of the nation and demands that the Administration stand in support of the Armed Services by working to incorporate ROTC wherever restrictions exist.”
A copy of Congressman Hunter's letter is available here.
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