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Elimination of ROTC will not change policy

The current faculty plan concerning the relationship between MIT and the Reserve Officers' Training Corps is misguided. Cutting MIT's ties with the ROTC program will do nothing to change Department of Defense policy; it will only hurt those students who want to attend MIT and participate in ROTC.

As the MIT Committee on ROTC chairman, Alvin W. Drake '57, stated recently in the The Tech ["Faculty approve timetable for ROTC," Oct. 19], the battle to reverse the offending policy is not with ROTC or the DOD, it is "with Congress, [and] the people who send those people to Congress." Then why the attack on ROTC and its members?

Former Provost John M. Deutch '61 made an important point at the recent public forum on this issue. He made the observation that at this time Congress would not pass a law removing the policy against homosexuals in the military. In fact, if the Department of Defense changed the policy today, Congress would probably pass a law reinstating the current policy.

Therefore, the real battle is not going to be here on the MIT campus, it will be in the hearts and minds of the voting public. Not until there is a significant change in the moral values of the general public will change take place. MIT would best serve the goal of full participation not by attacking ROTC and its student members but by doing its job -- educating.

Tim Townsend '90->