the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT) by the Obama administration
earlier this year, many of our nation’s top universities, as ranked by U.S. News & World Report,
have revisited the possibility of reinstating ROTC on their campuses.
This follows a decades-long ROTC ban initially prompted by anti-military
sentiments during the Vietnam War.
Stanford University is
considering reinstatement and has engaged in a nine-month-long (and
counting) “comprehensive” approach to resolving the matter by learning
the history of ROTC and reading letters from students and faculty
members who both support and oppose ROTC. Stanford has barely made any headway after almost a year of exploration by the school’s ad hoc committee on ROTC,
because officials are considering arguments such as the fact that
transgendered individuals are still excluded from military service
However, the existence of three branches of
ROTC at Stanford’s arch-rival from across the bay, UC Berkeley, proves
that there are no legitimate reasons to keep ROTC off campus.
Stanford’s “concerns” about transgendered people's rights and anti-war
sentiments seem trivial and unfounded when you take into account the
fact that Berkeley has not wavered in its support of ROTC on campus.
Specifically, Berkeley has defended the rights of students who wish to
participate in ROTC and the right of all branches of the military to
recruit on campus. And ROTC has existed peacefully on campus despite
the fact that Berkeley is probably the most “gender-aware” and “antiwar”
campus in the country. Cadets regularly walk among their non-uniformed
peers at Berkeley .