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Page 8-Sunday, February 19, 1978-The Michigan Daily

rotc.
(Continued from Page 5)
Students enter ROTC programs at
different times and under varying con-
ditions. Four-year scholarship students
are selected during their senior year in
high school, and besides getting a free
ride through school receive $100 a mon-
th. These students may drop out of
ROTC anytime before their junior year
with no future obligation and may keep
the scholarship benefits up to that
point.
Non-scholarship students begin receiv-
ing the $100 monthly stipend at the start
of their junior year. ROTC also has two-
year programs, both scholarship and
non-scholarship. -Students under those
conditions usually make up for lost time
through an extended summer training
period.
T HE NAVY HAS the largest and
most regimented ROTC pro-
gram at the University, being
the only Naval program in the
state. Two hundred future sailors, most
of them on full scholarships, are
training here.
"The Navy demands a lot more from
students than the Army or Air Force,"
said Lt. Andrew Grigsby, sophomore
instructor. "The scholarships give us a
?r-we can demand standards
we want them."
tn .ecent years, the Navy has
iuired that 80 per cent of its cadets be
Sineering students, concerned that
,icers need better training in the so-
called hard sciences to deal with
nuclear power and advanced
technology.
Grisby said most enrollees sign up
not for a free ride with the scholarship,
but for other benefits the program of-
fers. The scholarships, he feels, are a
way to catch the would-be sailor's at-
tention.
But Grigsby admitted that the high
attrition rate of 50 per cent-created by
students drawn in purely because of the
scholarship-is a subject of controver-
sy among Navy officers.
"It's good in the sense that it gives us
a chance toisell the Navy, but by the
same sense it sets an artificially high
attrition rate. There's no way we can
turn North Hall into the U.S. Navy,"
Grigsby added. "But the average
student doesn't know what it's like to be
a civilian, either. The four-year com-
mitment looms over them because they
assume there's a lot more flexibility to
being a civilian."
Grigsby said that as long as students
give the program a fair shake, there.
isn't much pressure to keep them from
dropping out. Those who do leave,
Grigsby noted, "tend to be the least
desirable from our point of view."

who quit the program last
BUT SOPHOMORE Brian Szal,
month, doesn't seem like one
of those so-called undesir-
ables. He received one of the highest
evaluations after participating in a
cruise to Cuba last summer and has
nothing but praise for ROTC.
"I was looking into the future . . .
concerned about marriage," he said.
"Being at sea all the time can present
some-real problems in terms of a home
life . . . but then you get to see the
world."
Another recent sophomore drop-out
from the Navy scholarship program,
who asked not to be identified, also
commended the program, but decided
the military was not for him.
"Overall it's a good deal," he said.
"It's for some people and isn't for
others-you have to like that kind of
lifestyle., If you want that opportunity,
you have to put up with day to day crap
along with the obligation.,
Getting his hair cropped, drilling for
two hours a week, and participating in
frequent athletic activities were some
of the hassles he doesn't remember
fondly.
He said rules and traditions didn't
really bother him, just wasted a lot of
good time. "It's okay to put up with if
you really want the obligation . . . for
four years, whether you like it or not,
you're in the Navy."
NVOLVING ABOUT 100 cadets,
the Air Force has the second
largest ROTC program on cam-
pus. With fewer students and only
half on scholarship, the Air Force is
more flexible in its requirements than
the Navy.
Capt. Luettinger said that because of
high academic standards at the
University, a greater emphasis is put
on communication skills than drills.
"Students demand that we don't waste
their time," he said.
Surprisingly, short hair and march-
ing aren't as big in the Army as they
are in the other two ROTC branches at
the University. The Army program has
undergone recent changes to make it
the most liberal of the units on campus,
with less concern for the perfunctory.
With only 35 per cent of it 85 students
on scholarship, the Army program
has enough room to be lenient. Students
only have to spend about three hours
per week in ROTC activities, and are
encouraged to join regardless of
whether they . are education or
engineeringmajors. Flexibility and
freedom are the keys.
"In the Army we aren't so concerned
about haircuts and that sort of thing,"
said Charles Ahnellyassistant professor
of military science. "It's not indicative
of leadership. We don't do things like
form up everyone in uniform just to put
them in uniform.'',
Mini-courses such as downhill and

cross-country skiing and military
speaking are now offered as an alter-
native to traditional drill routines.
A ND THE RANKS of the
traditional drill squads
aren't looking as traditional
as they once did. Women-
have been lifting heel and toe to the
tune of "Forward, march" ever since
the ROTC programs opened their
enrollment to both sexes in the early
1970's.
On campus, the Navy has eight
enlisted women, the Army has 18 and
the Air Force put wings on 15. They are
expected to meet the same requiremen-
ts as the men do, though the physical
rigors they undergo are slightly eased.
Yet, their acceptance into the armed

forces isn't quite complete. One Army
ROTC brochure cover states "Gentle-
men: You Have Decisions to Make"
and three male youths glare at the
reader. Flip to the back and a unifor-
med officer sits with his civilian wife
and baby.
Freshperson Lori Ferguson, Army
cadet, said she doesn't face any real
discrimination, but detects some
feelings about female inferiority among
fellow classmates.
Ferguson's sole gripe concerns the
women's uniform-she wants the same
uniform the other cadets wear. "I feel
I'm a cadet, not a woman cadet, but a
cadet," she declared. "The women
shouldn't have to look one way and the
men another."

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bridge

(Continued from Page 6)
raised to three hearts (my partner
and I passed throughout). Kevin
now bid three spades, showing the
ace, and Ed cue-bid the club ace
with a four club bid. Kevin bid four
diamonds; and Ed jumped to six
hearts. My partner led the spade
deuce, and this is what Kevin coul
see:
North (Ed)
S. J 9 8
H Q 10 7 3
D A Q 9 2
C A Q
South (Kevin)
S A 6 3
H A K 9 5 2
D K J 10 4
C7
He played the eight from dummy,
and I covered with the queen, and he
won his ace. He drew trump in three
rounds, and then paused to take stock
of the situation. He had 11 top trick,
and could get a 12th by finessing the
club queen. Since this seemed his
only hope, he was just about to play
the club seven to dummy's queen and
pray, when suddenly he thought back
to the first trick and saw an alterna-
tive line of play. Since the queen of
spades had been played to the first
trick, he could get his 12th trick by
finding either the king or the ten of
spades on his left. If the king were
there he would play a low spade
toward dummy and play the jack if
left-hand opponent played low, but if
the ten was on his left he would have
to put in dummy's nine, forcing the
king from me. Suddenly a broad
smile .came over his face as he
realized what the position of the
spade 10 had to be.
"You should never have given me
that lesson about finessing against
dummy, because now it's going to
cost you," he said to me. And after
looking around the table to make

sure he had everyone's attention, he
continued: "You see, if you'd had the
spade ten along with the queen, you
would have played the ten instead of
the queen to the first trick. There-
fore, when I lead a small spade
toward dummy and finesse the nine,
you will be forced to win the king, and
the jack will be my 12th trick,
Q.E.D."
And looking supremely self-satis-
fied, he led a small spade and played
dummy's nine. But his balloon was
deflated as I won the ten, and
continued with the king of spades for
the setting trick. These were the four
hands:
North (Ed)
SJ 98
H Q 10 7 3
D A Q 9 2
C AQ
West (Richard) East (Me)
S 7 5 4 2 5S K Q 10
H J 6 4 , H 8
D 8 5 3 D 7 6
C K 8 2 C J 10 9 6 5 4 3
South (Kevin)
S A 6 3
H A K 9 5 2
D K J 10 4
C7
"But you said one should always
play the ten when one holds both the
ten and queen and dummy has the
jack," said a completely befuddled
Kevin.
"No, I said YOU should always
play the ten," I corrected. "I can
play the queen. After taking a look at
dummy, I knew it was the only right
play, because I could see that any
finesses you needed to take in
diamonds or clubs would work, so I
had to offer you an alternative line of
play, and you took the bait and
marched merrily to your own de-
struction. Left to your own devices,
you'd have finessed the club queen
and made six hearts, and I just
couldn't allow that, now could I?"

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