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ROTC Coverage Added Recently

  • 27 May 2018 Tufts Daily article "Sports and service: exploring the lives of athletes in ROTC".  Note:  Andrew Seiter and Tyler Hagedorn are both in ROTC and play varsity sports. Hagedorn is the captain of the crew team, and his coach said “Every year, he has to miss some practices, and ordinarily as a coach, that’s not something that I would permit. I made an exception for Tyler because he said he said he was willing to do whatever extra work it took to be a good team member.”  "Hagedorn agrees that the schedule was initially demanding. He’s adapted to the extra workload by changing his sleeping patterns. He doesn’t see it as a difficult thing to do  just something that’s part of the job. “People tell me, ‘Oh, I could never do [ROTC].’ But that’s not true. Anyone could do it — you just have to have some discipline,” Hagedorn said. “You wake up earlier and go to bed earlier. I go to sleep from 11–12 and wake up at six in season. There are naps for a reason.”"
  • 26 May 2018 Cornell Chronicle article "18 ROTC cadets commissioned as officers".  Note:  Rear Adm. Erik M. Ross ’88, the current president of the Naval Board of Inspection and Survey, advised the students being commissioned “Read history, read biographies. You can learn from the lessons of those who have gone before us”.
  • 23 May 2018 "2018 Remarks at ROTC Commissioning Ceremony" by Harvard President Drew Faust.  Note:  President Faust said "I have believed it is imperative that Harvard and the military maintain a close relationship... strong connections between Harvard and our armed forces are essential to Harvard’s—and the nation’s—present and future. Harvard students aspiring to be leaders and influencers in America and the world need to understand the military. And the military has and will continue to benefit from the contributions of the extraordinary leaders educated here." 
  • 23 May 2018 Harvard Gazette article "Purpose in service: Warrior-scholars assume new leadership roles at ROTC commissioning ceremony".  
  • 23 May 2018 Harvard Magazine article "A Profession Based on Honor and Trust".  Note: Former Secretary of Defense Ash Carter described how foreigners told him that the United States is widely admired because of the high ethical standards of the US Military, and advised the graduating students to “Always remember to behave yourself as though someone’s mother is watching.”  Six students were commissioned; a 7th, Kirstin Anderson ’18, was commissioned earlier because she is a varsity sailor and "competing with her teammates at the ICSA Women’s National Championship in Norfolk, Virginia this week".
  • 23 May 2018 Amherst College article "She’s in the Army Now: Rebecca Segal ’18, Amherst’s first Army ROTC student in two decades, receives her commission in a ceremony at Johnson Chapel".  Note:  Amherst College President Biddy Martin spoke at the commissioning of Amherst College's first Army ROTC student in two decades, saying “Rebecca is not only the first, but she’s also a shining example of what’s possible”. Amherst College and the Army ROTC unit at UMass Amherst worked together to create a pathway for Rebecca Segal, who studied at the College and did her reserve officer training at the university. President Martin noted that, in 2016, Segal transferred from George Washington University, which has a strong ROTC program. “But she chose to come to Amherst because she had the ambition and desire to get the best possible education in a place where class sizes are small, academic standing is strong and she could be a neuroscience major”, adding with a smile: “What she has done in her short time at Amherst is nothing short of incredible... Despite our lack of experience, she has taught us what it means to support students like herself. We’re proud of what you’ve done and proud of what you’re about to do.”
  • 21 May 2018 New Haven Register article "Yale ROTC units celebrated at commissioning ceremony".  Note:  Twenty four students were commissioned as officers in the Navy and Air Force.  Former ambassador Ryan Crocker said "leave lots of room for serendipity, for the essential spontaneity of choice — not choices you make, but dynamics that may choose you. Raise your hand for absolutely everything".  See photos here.
  • 19 May 2018 video "Rep. Moulton Remarks at Pinning Ceremony for 2LT Segal – Amherst College".
  • 19 May 2018 Amherst College "Reserve Officers’ Training Corps Commissioning Ceremony".  Note:  Amherst College graduated its first Army ROTC student in two decades.  Speaking at the commissioning ceremony were Amherst College President Biddy Martin and US Rep. Seth Moulton.  Both discussed the difficulty of a college learning how to accommodate the requirements of military training in an environment that had little such experience, and celebrated the progress that had been made.  See also video and more details about the participants.

Older material added recently:

  • 1 March 2018 Yale Daily News article "Mixed feelings on lack of ROTC course credit".  Note:  "Yale College still does not offer credit for almost all ROTC courses. According to Commander of Yale’s Air Force ROTC unit Colonel Tom McCarthy, first-year and sophomore air force cadets spend about two and a half hours of their week in academic courses, including a leadership lab, as well as two hours in physical fitness programs. Juniors and seniors spend another three hours in academic courses, meaning they spend at least seven and a half hours on ROTC each week. Like Yale College courses, Air Force ROTC courses assign readings and papers and administer quizzes and finals in addition to the actual course time. Navy ROTC has a similar schedule... But Yale College students receive credit only for history professor Paul Kennedy’s course —Military History of the West since 1500, which is open to all undergraduates — during their sophomore year... Air Force Cadet John Slife ’19 said his Air Force ROTC courses, which are not necessarily the same in content or structure as Navy ROTC courses, are more difficult and time consuming than many of his Yale College courses."
  • 19 September 2017 Yale Daily News article "ROTC at Yale".  Note:  The article gives a muddled history of why ROTC left Yale.  The sequence was that protests against ROTc resulted in termination of academic credit and faculty appointments, and as a result the program not longer met the requirements of the ROTC Vitalization Act of 1964, and had to be terminated.

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