Next Public Affairs Discussion Group topic: ROTC on campus

ROTC cadet at CWRU
An ROTC cadet walks through campus last year.

In 1970, after the deaths at Kent State University, Case Western Reserve University banned the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) from campus. Some students still participated in ROTC on their own at other institutions, such as John Carroll University, but unofficially. In March 2012, with the support of the president and provost, the Faculty Senate approved having ROTC back on campus.

Since the fall of 2012, therefore, first- and second-year ROTC classes have been offered on campus to the CWRU cadets; junior and senior ROTC classes still require travel to John Carroll. One result has been more ROTC cadets: eight in the 2013-14 sophomore class.

But what do ROTC students do? Which students are particularly interested? What is the content of their instruction? How does it fit into the missions of undergraduate education? How does it fit into the Army? Is the program likely to grow?

Lt. Colonel Donald Hazelwood, Northeast Ohio ROTC commander and a professor of military science at John Carroll University, will answer those questions and more at the next Public Affairs Discussion Group, Friday, Nov. 7, 12:30-1:30 p.m. in Mather House, Room 100. Please note: This is an alternate location from the regular Friday meetings.

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