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The Michigan Daily-Tuesday, September 10, 1991 - Page49

ROTC offers n
short hair and

by Rob Patton
Daily Staff Reporter
You see them on campus, jogging
in formation and calling out ca-
dences, or walking around in full
military uniform. But what exactly
do the roughly 400 men and women
in the University's ROTC program
do to fulfill their obligation, and
what do they get in return?
One expectation is a commit-
ment of anywhere from four-and-a-
half to 10 or more hours a week to
ROTC classes, physical training, and
other duties, said Lt. Colonel
William Gregor of the Army
ROTC program.
First year and sophomore stu-
dents in the program spend two
hours in physical training and two-
and-a-half hours attending ROTC
classes in areas such as tactics and
civil-military relations. Juniors and
seniors take on six or seven hours of
additional duties.
In addition, Army and Air Force

cadets and Navy a
shipmen must spen
the service after gra
army, however, not
commissioned into
vice.
"Roughly 70 p
cadets will not se
Gregor said. Thosev
full time spend eigh
serves. And most a
spend only half thei
duty.
All of those com
the Navy and AirF
enter active duty f
years, Gregor added.
These officers p1
role in the military
Berke of the Air Fo
"Unlike officers fr
academies, these off
in close contact w
community ... they
people."
Students in theF

iore than just
scholarships
nd Marine mid- are more closely supervised than
d eight years in other students. "I am their parent
aduation. In the on campus," Gregor said. "If per-
all of them are sonal behavior is not within the
o full-time ser- norms of the military" or if aca-
demic performance falters, ROTC
ercent of army counselors step in.
e active duty," "Let's say a student fails Math
who do not serve 115. He will be put on probation
t years in the re- and must meet once a month with a
f those who do counselor after that to discuss his
ir time on active progress."
So what do the cadets and mid-
imissioned from shipmen get in return for al Of
Force programs this? Many students think of: the
or at least four ROTC program as a trade-off: time
commitment for a scholarship. ,In
ay an important fact. this is not true, Gregor said.
y, Major James Only about 60 percent of the stu-
rce ROTC said. dents in the ROTC program receive
'om the service scholarships.
ficers have been "By the time you talk to a junior
ith the civilian or senior, their focus is on obtaining
're closer to the a commission, and whether they are
scholarship or non-scholarship is a
ROTC program secondary factor," he said.

Georgian President Zviad Gamsakhurdia stands with some military supporters at a rally supporting him in
Tbilisi yesterday.
Tadzhikistan becomes 11th
.republic to break with USSR

. MOSCOW (AP) - Tadzhikis-
tan declared its independence yes-
terday, the eighth Soviet republic to
do so since last month's brief coup
against Soviet President Mikhail
Gorbachev.
"We can't lag behind other re-
publics. Everybody is declaring in-
dependence so we are as well," said
Aleyev Abdodezhabad, parliamen-
tary spokesperson in the Soviet Cen-
tral Asian republic of 5.1 million
people.
Eleven republics have now opted
for independence, including Azer-
baijan, where incumbent President
Ayaz Mutalibov won 90 percent of
the vote on Sunday as sole candidate
in an old-style Soviet election.
Yesterday's independence decla-
ration by a special session of
Tadzhikistan's parliament was

largely symbolic, given the decision
last week to transform the Soviet
Union into a loose confederation of
sovereign states.
Tadzhikistan's sluggish response
to change after the Aug. 18-21 coup,
and opposition charges of intimida-
tion in the weekend election in
Azerbaijan show how the predomi-
nantly Muslim republics trail in
achieving political reform.
Tadzhikistan's parliament also
set a presidential election for Oct.
27. Incumbent President Kakhar
' Makhkamov, elected by the Com-
munist-dominated legislature in
December 1990, has kept a tight lid
on opposition movements.
In renewed violence this week-
end, 13 people were killed and more
than 30 wounded in the region of
Nagorno-Karabakh, the Tass news

agency reported yesterday. The pre-
dominantly Armenian enclave is in-
side Azerbaijan.
Opposition leaders in Azerbaijan
said they would not recognize the
election of Mutalibov, who quit the
Communist Party only after last
month's bungled coup and the sub-
sequent collapse of the party.
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