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No MIT reservists in the Persian Gulf

By Chris Schechter

The Persian Gulf crisis has so far had a limited impact on members of the MIT community in the reserves. No faculty or staff reservists have been called to duty, according to Joan F. Rice, director of personnel, and the Reserve Officers' Training Corps has not undergone any significant changes in response to the crisis.

The only noticeable effect of the gulf crisis on the ROTC program has been a shift in funds from ROTC to regular military units, according to Cmdr. John B. Watkins of Navy ROTC.

The personnel office did not have statistics on the number of reservists who might be called to serve in the Middle East. The

exact number of faculty and staff in the reserve forces is unknown, Rice said.

"We have no way of finding out who may be concerned," Rice said. "MIT doesn't keep any personal records on its faculty." She has not received any requests for leaves of absence related to the current crisis.

The number and status of MIT ROTC graduates who may be in the Persian Gulf was not available from the ROTC branches

on campus. Current students in ROTC do not face deployment in the gulf.

Rice said she is not anticipating a large number of personnel to depart for the Middle East,

a situation that would be reme

died on campus by temporary appointments of faculty mem

bers and staff shifts within departments.

"The student body will not even notice the difference if any such situation would occur," said Myles P. Crowley, administrative assistant in the News Office.

Officers must first undergo a minimum of training before being placed overseas, according to Lt. Col. Gerald T. Wellman of Army ROTC. "[The] chances of [recent graduates] ever seeing combat are very small," he said.

Training varies from branch

to branch. The training periods range from six to 12 weeks in the Army, and from three months to one and a half years in the Navy and the Air Force. Neither Army nor Navy ROTC has any plans to alter its training program, Wellman said.

In fact, the only noticeable impact of the crisis has been a substantial funding shift from ROTC to regular military units. "Early in the scholastic year a lot of funding was diverted to support desert field training,"

Wellman said.