Despite the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) policy being
formerly repealed last month, Princeton University
has announced it will not reinstate ROTC programs on its campus. While this
comes as no surprise, it is certainly disheartening.
Last month, we not only compiled a list of
schools who ban ROTC on their campuses due to the DADT policy (among other
reasons), but also
questioned whether schools would lift their bans after DADT was repealed. It
looks like we have an answer: a resounding “no.”
Other schools like
Harvard, Columbia and Stanford have suggested they will consider welcoming
back ROTC programs on campus now that DADT has been repealed. However, Admiral
Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, warned of being too optimistic.
“There are limits on how many [ROTC programs] we can actually create,” he said.
These schools have been banning ROTC programs long before
DADT was signed into law. Before DADT, Vietnam was their excuse. Now that DADT
has been repealed, Princeton’s anti-military bias is undeniable. There is no
longer a federal policy for them to hide behind.
However, some will continue to argue that ROTC programs are
still discriminatory, and should still be kept off campus. A popular new
argument is now that transgender people are discriminated against.
These stories are still developing, and Young America’s
Foundation will continue to monitor the situation.