We are excited to announce this morning that Young America’s Foundation alumna Lauren Doherty’s op-ed was published by National Review Online.
Lauren Daugherty jumped through the many hoops in order to participate in Army ROTC at Emory University. These included traveling across town to Georgia Tech, as Emory did not actually have an ROTC unit. As a senior, she joined the Marine Corps and attended Officer Candidate School in 2005 and 2006. She was discharged due to injuries received in training.
Lauren is currently a graduate student at Johns Hopkins University. These inconveniences tie in directly with Kagan’s nomination, and are especially timely now given Kagan’s anti-ROTC stance.
Her op-ed tells her story in-depth, tying it into the Kagan nomination:
While I sympathize with Kagan’s opposition to the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, she chose the wrong way to address the issue. She had a tremendous opportunity to influence the policy in its early stages: She served as an adviser to President Clinton at the time it was created. But instead, she later used it as an excuse, while dean at Harvard Law School, to block military recruitment.
Based on my own experiences, I suggest that Kagan’s opposition to military recruitment is part of a widespread distrust and degradation of the military of which many contemporary American academic elites are guilty.
I started college at Emory University in August 2001 and thus came into adulthood as our nation was reeling from the September 11 attacks. I decided to enroll in ROTC. I had participated in Junior ROTC in high school, had grown up in an Army community in Tennessee, and wanted to serve in the Army.
There was one problem: Emory didn’t have an ROTC unit.
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