Independent from Long Beach, California on February 24, 1969 · Page 12
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Independent from Long Beach, California · Page 12

Long Beach, California
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Monday, February 24, 1969
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.I2--INDEPENDENT (AM) PRESS-TELERAM (PM) ROTC UNDER FIRE, BUT PENTAGON RETALIATES 1966 school year to 32.652 the following y»ar. There now are 37.000 students in advanced ROTC. Cronin pninipd out thai th« sharp rls» In enrollment coincided with the buildup of American forces In Vietnam and its altendrnt big draft calls. By DONALD M. ROTHBERG WASHINGTON W ROTC. civilian training ground for future military officers, is under fire at colleges across the country. But at the Pentagon command post 'he word is: Casualties are light and the enemy can't win. Nevertheless, officers di- rectinc the Reserve Offi- cer:- Training Corp; ar" uneasy. Yv"ha! worries them . "Project Volunteer." a study billed a? a f i r s t step toward an all-volunteer military service. It's prompted by "' p VI.WP administration's desire to end the draft, and the draft is the best thins ROTC has going for it. A LEHIGH I'niverMtv Unexpected expenses? use our money! Thaf s what Morris Plan money is for. You may borrow from $100 to $5,000, or more, for bill consolidation, medical expenses, home or car repairs, any good reason. Payments scheduled to fit your income. With approval you may have your money the day you apply. No repayment for 45 days. SAMPLE LOAN SCHEDULES YOUR CASH $ 453.93 $1.018.57 $1,518.99 $2,122^8 Monthly No. of Payments Months $24 24 $53 $56 $76 24 36 36 Credit life and disability insurance available. Morris Plan Lent E«och -- 213 Unq Beach Blvd. -- 435-8701 Ntwport Seoeh -- 3700 Newport Blvd. -- 473-3700 Terrene* -- 18529 Howthorn. Blvd. -- 542-3IU " t u d r n t . a?ked his opinion of ROTC. summed up thp prevailing attitude on most campuses. "I may as well go in as an officer." Thousand; of students, faced with what they see as an inevitable draf! call, have opted for ROTC de spite periodic protests by the Students for a Democratic Society and other militants against the mili- t a r y presence on campus. Tin 1 program seemed to be wcHtherint such demonstration;; u n t i l firsl Yalo .inrl t h e n four oilier schools - Harvard, Stanford, D a r t m o u t h , Howdoiii ··· dcHded 10 slop piving academic credit for RDTC courses. Since then srvrral other school. 1 ; have followed suit. WHT-.N THE Harvard f a m i l y voied Feb. 4 to w i t h d r a w credit, it also reacted an SDS demand that ROTC he banished from the campus. Col. Robert Pell, ROTC commander at Harvard, felt the ( a c u i t y might, as veil have spne along. "I seriously doubt, there can be any continiMlion of the program 1 " nl1 e x t r a cur n r u l a r a c t i v i t y . " IIP. said. Rut Harvard trustees went alonj; w i t h I b e f a c u l t y and vnic'd to c o n t i n u e ROTC on a v o l u n t a r y , non-credit basis. In the Pentagon, U. Col. Morgan Crnnin, chief ! of policy and programs for ROTC, said the action of a few schools doesn't wor- i ry h i m . | Asked what effect a h o l i - j lion of t h e draft would I have, nn ROTC, he said he'd I r a t h e r not guess. Rut an| nt.her Pentagon spokesmnn ; said I IIP effect would bs dEva.-.tating. CRONIN --aid that 263 colleges n f l e r mihtary training and he detects no widespread anl.i ROTC trend on campuses. It's not even certain what the effect of dropping academic credit will be, he said. He cited five colleges -St. Peter's, Fordham, Carnegie-Mellon, Canisius and Boston University -- that have never given academic credit, for ROTC courses. At some universities, a student's field . of study ran determine whether he gets r.r"dit for ROTC. The biological sciences department at one university refuses to gran' jis m a i o i any credit for ROTC while the physical sciences de partment accepts 12 ROTC credits toward degree requirements. For years, the nation's land grant colleges -which include most state universities ~ thought they were required by fed e i a l law to provide m i l i l a r v t r a i n i n g as a rnmpul ?oiy couise fur freshmen and sophomores. In the 1930s the Supreme Court ruled that while land grant colleges were required to offer courses in military sr.i encc. participation didn't have to be mandatory- Then, in 1964. Congress rewrote the law and made it clear that ROTC could be voluntary. t * * * E ,\ R 0 1.1. M E N T in ROTC promptly declined, but soon levelled o f f . R K 1112 rollrcF enrollment:, hav" enabled ROTC to maintain a shnw of growth lh» past few year;. This June, the Army will pick up 17.000 second lieutenants from college graduating classes, a record high. ROTC enrollment among freshmen and sophomores has dropped since a trend developed toward making the program voluntary. 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