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'Eliminationalists' Ignore DoD Funding Impact

ŒEliminationists' Ignore DoD Funding Impact

I have been following with interest the debate over whether or not MIT should continue the ROTC program on campus. The main argument of those supporting its elimination seems to be that the Department of Defense's policy regarding homosexuals in uniform is against the Institute's nondiscrimination policy.

While the controversy focuses on ROTC, no mention is made by the "eliminationists" of the enormous sums of money spent by the DoD here for research. This is hypocritical; they want to terminate a program they deem unpalatable while tacitly approving the DoD's stance because it is still financially advantageous. Their arguments are valid when they are also willing to potentially suffer funding loss by dissociating themselves from the DoD for their beliefs.

Until then, let's support a program that produces individuals who choose to serve to protect our Constitution.

Jonathan A. Jensen G