MIT ROTC Coverage
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- 28 September 1917 Harvard Crimson article "Military
men begin study". Note: The article describes
how "Military Science and Tactics 1" will be the nucleus for the
ROTC program at Harvard, and mentions the ongoing program at MIT.
- 2 December 1983 Harvard Crimson article "MIT
Asks for Help Funding ROTC; Harvard to Weigh $40,000 Request".
- 17 March 1990 Harvard Crimson article "MIT
Students Criticize ROTC". Note: "MIT
student Robert L. Bettiker wrote last week in The Thistle, a liberal
student paper at MIT, that he had been denied a commission and asked to pay
back the value of his $38,000 scholarship by Navy ROTC because he was openly
gay." About 1500 students signed a petition to "sever all
ties" with ROTC by 1994 if it continues to deny scholarships to gay
- 9 May 1990 Harvard Crimson article "Navy
Reverses Stand On ROTC Funds For Two Gay Men". Note:
Harvard graduate David E. Carney '89 and MIT senior Robert L. Bettiker,
discharged from ROTC because of homosexuality, will not have to repay their
scholarships. At MIT, 47 percent of students participating in a
referendum said the school should cut ties with ROTC if its policies did not
change within four years.
30 October 1990 MIT Tech article "ROTC
questions remain: Resolution does not guarantee severance". Note:
The article recounts that on April 27, 1863, the Massachusetts Legislature
approved MIT's charter, including the provision that the "Massachusetts
Institute of Technology, in addition to other objects set forth, shall provide
for instruction in military tactics."
- 6 November 1992 MIT Tech article "ROTC
Ban on Gays Faces Reversal under Clinton".
- 17 April 1996 "MIT ROTC
Task Force Reports".
- 19 April 1996 Harvard Crimson article "MIT
Faculty Ask ROTC Program To Admit Gays".
- 19 March 1997 MIT News Office TechTalk press article "ROTC
aid policy established: Move guards against loss
due to sexual orientation". Note: "MIT will guarantee an
equal financial aid package to its ROTC students whose federal scholarships
are terminated because of their sexual orientation." No students
involved in ROTC are known to have lost funding for this reason.
- 4 April 1997 MIT Tech article "ROTC
Reinsurance Policy Gets Approval". Note: Compensation
for ROTC students who lose scholarships because of their sexual
orientation was approved.
- 7 May 1999 MIT Tech article: "ROTC,
Sloan Team Up"
1 May 2001 MIT Tech article "ROTC
Celebrates Pass in Review".
- 13 March 2002 MIT News article "Army
selects MIT for $50 million institute"
22 November 2002 MIT Tech article "Training
- 2 May 2003 MIT News article "Army
ROTC honors Paul Gray".
18 June 2003 MIT Tech article "ROTC
Discrimination Statement to Change". Note: A
reference to MIT attempts to change the "Don't ask, don't tell" law
was removed from MIT statements since that effort is dormant. In
addition, the opening of some ROTC courses to non-ROTC students is detailed.
18 June 2003 MIT Tech editorial "Revisiting
Gays in ROTC".
9 July 2003 MIT Tech column "Gays
And ROTC" by Prof. Michael J. Piore.
August 2004 MIT Sloan Fellows Learn
from Army During Leadership Exercise.
8 June 2007 Video "MIT
Army ROTC Year in Review '06-'07".
8 September 2007 Associated Press article "Petraeus
travels to Benning to see son jump". Note: Gen.
Petraeus took a break from preparing for his congressional appearances to
pin jump wings on his son, and Army ROTC cadet at MIT. Stephen
Petraeus said "My dad is a jumpmaster and a master parachutist,” he said. “I
hardly think he’s nervous about giving a speech."
29 September 2007 Boston Globe article "On
campus & in training: As the Iraq war continues, it's a challenging time for
area ROTC students". Note: The article describes
experiences of ROTC students in the Boston area, including a protest by the
City of Cambridge about military exercises.
7 March 2008 Comments at the MIT ROTC Tri-Service Military Ball, Cambridge,
MA "Trustworthy Leaders of
Character: Leading Foremost by WHO you ARE" by
Dr. Don M. Snider.
31 October 2008 Chronicle of Higher Education article "ROTC
Seeks to Expand on Campuses, and Colleges Cope With a Conflict".
Note: "Colleges with programs have found different ways to
address the conflict between "don't ask, don't tell" and their own
antidiscrimination policies. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology
promises to replace any scholarships a ROTC student loses due to the policy,
while the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill says its
nondiscrimination policy does not apply to its relationship with outside
organizations such as ROTC."
- 4 November 2009 MIT Admissions ROTC Blog item "AFROTC = stress, and why that's okay". Note: A first year Air Force ROTC cadet describes routine ROTC activities and a Field Leadership Exercise.
- 30 December 2015 Wall Street Journal op-ed "At Last, Some Campus Sanity: ROTC Gains" by Jonathan E. Hillman and Cheryl Miller. Note: "Yale, with 41 midshipmen, boasts the largest NROTC unit in the Ivy League. Harvard senior Charlotte Falletta was recognized as one of the top 10 Army cadets in the nation... There are plenty of opportunities to improve recruitment efforts. Cornell, MIT and other universities allow prospective students to indicate their interest in the military on their application and pursue ROTC scholarships. Once admitted, interested students receive more information and guidance from ROTC staff. More institutions should adopt this practice... Faculty should also consider designing courses that meet both ROTC and university standards, such as Professor
’s popular military history course at Yale... As former Secretary of Defense
told an audience at Duke University five years ago: “A return of ROTC back to some of these campuses will not do much good without the willingness of our nation’s most gifted students to step forward.” But if this year’s talented graduates are any indication, many more young Americans will answer that call."