Interesting discussion going on at Daily Kos about the pros and cons of ROTC, with the focus on Ivy League schools, spurred by the possibility of ROTC's return to Columbia. Dartmouth's ROTC (the official site, worth exploring, go "meet the cadets" and read the history) is mentioned a few times in the comments, with one commenter who claims to be a Dartmouth student offering the following comforting words:
Here's a problem with ROTC...
Technically, it turns college campuses into military bases...and thus military targets.
By the US's definition of acceptable targets during the Iraq war (C&C structure integrated with intelligence or military), college campuses become legitimate targets under US-defined rules of engagement. Which doesn't thrill me.
Is this true? Either way, I'm not too worried about being attacked here at Dartmouth, but I will say that I support demilitarization in general so I'm not the biggest fan of the Army's recruiting presence here. Though their practice of preying on high school students in poor areas, as facilitated by the No Child Left Behind Act, Subpart 2, is much more troubling.
SEC. 9528. ARMED FORCES RECRUITER ACCESS TO STUDENTS AND STUDENT RECRUITING INFORMATION.
(a) POLICY-(1) ACCESS TO STUDENT RECRUITING INFORMATION- Notwithstanding section 444(a)(5)(B) of the General Education Provisions Act and except as provided in paragraph (2), each local educational agency receiving assistance under this Act shall provide, on a request made by military recruiters or an institution of higher education, access to secondary school students names, addresses, and telephone listings.