"We applaud the University for expanding ROTC options by forming two new partnerships that will let students participate in the Naval and Air Force Reserve Officers’ Training Corps next semester. Before this expansion, Brown students only had the option of participating in an Army ROTC partnership with Providence College, and Brown and Dartmouth were the only Ivy League schools to not give students an option for participating in Navy and Air Force ROTC programs."
Karen McNeil, program director of the Office of Student Veterans and Commissioning Programs: “Even just sitting next to a veteran or an ROTC student in class, seeing them as a person and knowing that people who go into the military are normal people, having that kind of interaction is very important.”
"With renewed Air Force and Naval partnerships, a new office to support military-affiliated students, and a notable uptick in the number of students participating in the Army program, the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps is experiencing a renaissance at Brown."
"I look forward to signing agreements to bring Naval and Air Force ROTC opportunities back to our students, and to Commencement weekend, when we will recognize and honor our students and alumni who provide public service leadership through military service."
"Compared to other Ivy League schools, Brown lags behind in offering opportunities for students to engage with the military on campus."
The editors call on Brown's new president to "reconsider the campus ban on ROTC." They note: "We are quite proud of Brown’s reputation as an outspoken liberal institution. But this reputation may discourage students with other political beliefs or backgrounds from matriculating at Brown. This is a distinct loss to the community, as we could all benefit from thoughtful and rational debates with those with whom we disagree."
The Office of Student Veterans and Commissioning Programs "established in spring 2012 at the Corporation’s instruction, focuses on supporting students who are involved or would like to become involved with the military. The office is also charged with facilitating student participation in ROTC at other schools in Rhode Island."
"At the end of a day in which Brown’s Class of 2012 celebrated new beginnings, two Brown graduates — John R. Gayton (center) of Bettendorf, Iowa, and Robert M. Schlesinger III of Medfield, Mass. — were commissioned into the U.S. Marine Corps."
"President Ruth Simmons, in explaining the committee’s position, pointed to the military’s ban on transgender recruits, its hierarchical command structure, as well as “recent wars undertaken by the country.’’ Yet those policies are set largely by civilians in Congress and the White House, not the military... This post-Vietnam rift between Pentagon and ivory tower has damaged both the military and the country. The military needs well-educated soldiers, sailors, and Air Force officers to meet the complex demands of modern warfare. And the country needs to get past the cultural divide that has politicized military service and risks turning the armed forces into regional institutions, with service members clustered in the South and Southwest. Bridging that divide has clear benefits - even amid understandable concerns about discrimination against transgender people, a minority who nonetheless deserve equal treatment. Faculty and students are right to advocate for their transgender peers. But a failure to acknowledge the military’s acceptance of Congress’s repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell’’ would send the wrong message. It would indicate that even major steps by the military won’t lessen the atmosphere of distrust."