We hope you enjoyed the Memorial Day weekend and perhaps took a moment to reflect on the countless contributions of the students in our nation’s Reserve Officers’ Training Corps to our academic life. The ROTC’s social compact of offering scholarships as a reward for service has enriched our armed services and helped generations of officers to build successful careers after their tours of duty.
Of course the ROTC has not been welcomed with open arms by all Universities, some of which condemn the armed services as a matter of social and political conscience. But military history has demonstrated that it is a lack of preparedness and willingness to defend our civilization that invites aggression from bad actors.
Unfortunately, such history is commonly given short shrift in most academic institutions, which suggests that. at the very least, a military history and science elective deserves a place in our future curriculum.