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MIT ROTC Has Good Aspects

MITROTC Has Good Aspects

It has been argued for some time now that the ROTC policy concerning homosexuality should be cause for MIT to dissociate itself from ROTC altogether. After all, since bastions of discrimination such as the Citadel have come under fire, why shouldn't MIT join the mix and terminate the ROTC program because it also discriminates?

As everyone knows, ROTC provides money to its recruits. Many people I know picked colleges that specifically offered ROTC programs due to the fact that ROTC was offering scholarship money to them. These students would naturally use the money offered from ROTC to pay college tuition. Yet the argument goes that MIT should choose to cast off the financial aid that ROTC offers students because ROTC discriminates against homosexuals. I personally must think twice about asking MIT - which represents far many more people than the gay community - to terminate a program which helps students afford the academic programs that the Institute has to offer.

I might feel discriminated against as a white male because there are scholarships out there to which I am not entitled due to the fact that I am a member of a certain race by birth, not by choice. Yet I am not offended in the least. Nor should I be, because the groups which support scholarships which are exclusive to a certain race or background have chosen to spend money in a fashion which they see fit. Is this terribly different than what the ROTC program does as it chooses to appropriate its funds? Because these scholarships help students further their education, I support their programs. Is it not true that the gay community states that homosexuality embodies something one is, not something one chooses?

I see ROTC as a way for students who lack funds to afford the education we all are presently receiving. So long as MIT's ROTC program is not churning out homosexual-hating young men and women (if it were, there would be no argument whatsoever as to why ROTC should be terminated), I think it may not necessarily be in the best interest of MIT to challenge the ROTC program.

Perhaps I will be cast as a bigot because of what I have written. I just wish others would realize that there just might be an argument in favor of certain aspects of the ROTC program at MIT.

John A. Modzelewski '98