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Tuesday, October 7, 1969

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Page Seven

Tuesday, October 7, 969 THE MICHIGAN DAILY Page Seven

ROTC
tContinued from Page 6
their standing within the Univer-,
sity.
The committee functions almost
entirely as middleman between,
the ROTC on one hand, and the,
University on the other. It appears;
to have dealt little with the defi-
nition of the ROTC curriculum,
and not at all with the appoint-
ment of the military teaching

erly addressed to the faculties of University with re
the various schools and colleges, search) and to encou
and is not a matter for the rene- elimination of cours
gotiation of the contracts. be undertaken by th
E. With respect to item B above, dent during his su
wherein we recommend that aca- off campus, and th
demic titles be granted only to academically justif
those military personnel holding tutes.
regular appointments in a school -Roy Pie
or college: Also signed
We recommend that the several -Layman
schools and colleges allow credit Donald
only f o r courses taught by in-
structors holding regular academ- A Minority
ic appointments.
The four recommendations A- I. Recommendations

spect to re- expanded military budget will have
urage both the to be maintained in peacetime. The
es which can end of the Vietnam war will not

UU

he ROTC stu-
immer service
e creation of
iable substi-
rce
d by:
Allen
Brown

Report

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staff beyond the commandersL
themselves.a
As a result, the ROTC programs,c
being separate administrativelyt
from all other units of the Uni-I
versity, have been free from theC
peer scrutiny which characterizeso
the administration of the various1
colleges and departments, andn
which contributes to their con-n
tinuing vitality and growth. c
We therefore recommend t h a t
a n e w University-wide ROTCt
Committee be established, com-t
posed of student, faculty and ad-c
ministration members, with t h eF
following responsibilities (of whichl
the first two are to be taken outt
of the sole jurisdiction of the mil-a
itary):Y
(a Evaluation of the qualifica-.

D are presented by the Committee
as essential conditions for the
continuation of the ROTC con-
tracts. If these recommendations
are accepted by the Assembly, the

A. We recommend that the Uni-
versity sever its ROTC contract.
B. We recommend that the Uni-
versity seek to persuade other uni-
vtrsities to do likewise.-

Committee will accept the charge II. Rationale
of submitting their pursuit to per- A. The Basic Incompatibility of
iodic review so that the faculty the University and the ROTC.
may be confident of their imple- The Army and the University
mentation. If t h e recommended have incompatible goals and struc-
conditions are not met, tures. The Army, to do its job ef-
II. We recommend alternatively fectively, must stress hierarchical
that the contracts be dropped, and authority and strict obedience to
that it be left to the Department orders. Its basic goal is to defend
of Defense to reconstitute the society as it now exists--the status
ROTC programs as extra-curricu- quo. The University, to do its job
lar activities, with all the facili- well, must stress the autonomy of
ties a n d privileges ordinarily the individual and the development
available to recognized extra-cur- of new ideas rather than the
ricular activities around the Uni- status quo.
versity. To say that the two institutions

reduce our defense budget and as
a consequence, will leave little new
funds available for non-military
activities. The current budget gives
priority to the Defense Depart-
ment over the solution of prob-
lems in education, health, housing,
water and air pollution, racism,
aiding the poor, etc. "We are not
speaking about hypothetical re-
ductions but about those vhich
have been currently enacted" .
Also the war has, through in-
flation, been indirectly the cause
of state legislature's withdrawing
educational support..
It is difficult to understand how
anybody-even those who are per-
suaded that the Vietnam war is
legitimate-could agree to this
ordering of value priorities in
peacetime.
Yet this is exactly what the De-
fense Department and its sup-
porters seem to be advocating in
their report to the President on
the future defense budget . . . For
'this reason, the University-as
well as other major institutions-
should clearly state their opposi-
tion to such a proposal. . .
To make this point in languages
as clear, concrete, and as force-
ful as the current budget priorities,
our university should seek to or-
ganize others so that no educa-
tional institution will cooperate
with the Defense Department.
III. Some Arguments for the
Maintenance of ROTC and
Why Reject Them
A. Civilian Rather than a Pro-
fessional Army.
Some feel a separation of the
further encourage the development
of a "Prussian" type professional
army which would be a greater
menace to democracy than any-
University from the Army would
thing we now have.
The response to this assertionj

tions and approval of the appoint-! -Howard Brilliant have contr
ment to the University staff of all -Theodore V. Buttrey, does not i
ROTC personnel, with a particu- Co-Chairman both nece
lar charge to encourage the ap- -Horace Davenport, they must
pointment of instructors with bet- Co-Chairman personnel.
ter academic qualifications, more -Albert Feuerwerker B. A C]
teaching experience, and a strong- -Bernard Galler to Democ
er inclination toward scholarly -Morris Greenhut A more
research than has been the case -Marguerite Hood ling reaso
hitherto. -James O'Neill the ROTC
(b) Supervision of the curricula -Joseph Payne the curren
of the several ROTC programs, in- -Maurice Sinnott i Defense D
eluding evaluation and approval One member of the committee porters. TI
of the content of all military finds the above recommendations be seen in
courses and alterations proposed inadequate without the addition of well as in
in them, with a particular charge the following condition to para- Moynihan
to encourage both the elimination graph D. (b): United St
of courses which can be under- (b) Supervision of the curricula In this o
taken by the ROTC student dur- of t h e several ROTC programs, ment was
iig his summer service off cam- including evaluation and approval
pus, and the creation of academ- of the content of all militaryi
ically justifiable substitutes. courses and any alterations pro-
(c) Mediation in a 11 matters posed in them, with a particular
brought to its attention with re- charge to prohibit all instruction
spect to the status of students en-: specifically directed toward means
rolled in the ROTC program. for the destruction of human life
A fifth recommendation is prop- (in analogy to the policy of the

ary structures and goals
mply that they are not
ssary. It only implies
t not have, overlapping
fear and Present Danger
ratic Values.
overriding and compel-
n for the severence of
from the University is
ntly stated goal of the
epartment and its sup-
his goal can most clearly
the budget priorities as
the report delivered by

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