MainLine Peace Action/DelMont PDA

November 2, 2010

Lose The ROTC!

Filed under: 25% solution, New Priorities — Tags: , , , , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 5:11 pm

When one wonders about cutting the military budget by 25% to provide funds for our communities, ROTC has to come to mind.  It is a gigantic operation at universities, colleges, and high schools across the land.  It militarizes our educational system and dilutes its academic standards.  Years ago the Ivy League schools stopped giving it course credit because it was so mindless and now offer it as an extracurricular activity like the frisbee club or humor magazine.  Worse yet, it costs so much money.  This year’s budget sets aside $1.328 billion for it.  Worse yet, it uses up three times the budget of the Peace Corps ($446 million).  And most people would agree that the Peace Corps does more good for this nation than ROTC.  A far more efficient way to create military officers is to send competent college graduates to OCS.  It is a path that has been proven over many years.