‘A watershed moment’: Reflecting on the burning of the ROTC Air Force building—50 years later

50 years ago yesterday, Washington University students gathered in protest of the Vietnam War after learning of the shooting at Kent State University. The protest ended in flames.

Elizabeth Phelan | Staff Writer

Consider socioeconomic background before passing judgment on members of the ROTC

Judging people for joining the ROTC, labeling them as murderers or as lacking morality, is elitist. It is failing to realize that not everyone can afford to go to college or has the connections and the guidance to find other scholarships to avoid the military.

| Managing Editor

Letter to the editor: A response from a former ROTC member regarding “ROTC classes to count for credit”

As a former member of the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program at Washington University in St. Louis, I am glad to see that the current cadets now receive credits from Wash. U. for their efforts.

William Mass | Class of 2007

Letter to the editor: Re “ROTC classes to count for credit”

In the 44 years since the Washington University Faculty Senate voted to deny credit for ROTC classes, the United States has been through about a dozen unnecessary wars. I suspect many ROTC graduates participated. If a student wants to join the military, great, but where does training soldiers fit within the University’s goals?

Norman Pressman | Class of 1970

ROTC classes to count for credit: ArtSci reverses decision made in Vietnam era

When sophomore and cadet Connor Eulberg approached Dean Jen Smith last fall to ask why the College of Arts & Sciences didn’t offer credit for ROTC courses, he didn’t anticipate it would take 20 months to receive an answer.

| Staff Reporter

University reopens question of offering credit for ROTC classes

A student’s Facebook post published last fall has reopened a decades-old dialogue about whether ROTC students should receive credit for their courses. The conversation comes as the campus’ almost century-old battalion struggles for visibility and recruits as the program looks to move past the specter of controversial wars and discriminatory policies.

| Senior News Editor

The students behind the ROTC uniforms

When senior Claire Henkel reunites with friends from her all-girls high school, most of them don’t know how to broach the subject of her career goals. The battalion commander of Washington University’s ROTC program, previously a member of the varsity softball team, doesn’t come from a military family.

| Senior News Editor

Colleges take new look at ROTC after change in LGBT policy

The repeal of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy that barred gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military could help mend a historically tenuous relationship between the military and some top-tier universities.

| Staff Reporter

Breaking down gender barriers as WU’s first female ROTC battalion commander

Senior Rachel Atkins has challenged the male dominated Army establishment with her appointment to cadet battalion commander for Washington University’s Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC). Atkins is the first female to attain the rank in the Gateway Battalion’s history.

| Scene Assignment Editor

Iraqi war veteran Eric Greitens’ lecture inspires students to give back through public service

Social entrepreneur Eric Greitens inspired students to pursue public service through his lecture, “Inspiring Leadership in Challenging Times” on Tuesday, March 30. Greitens is more than a “social entrepreneur,” however—he is an Angier B. Duke Scholar, a Rhodes Scholar, a Truman Scholar, a U.S. Navy SEAL officer and the award-winning author of “Strength and Compassion” as well as a White House Fellow.

| Staff Reporter

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