The Return of ROTC to Columbia

Military training programs could return to the campus, four decades after they were banned

Moreover, with the current officer corps “very heavily conservative Republican,” Rudd wonders if perhaps training future officers at Columbia might not be a bad thing after all. “They’ll have been exposed to both liberals and the liberal arts,” he says. “Perhaps they’ll moderate the right-wing officer caste mentality a bit.”

ARTIST: Cojo is an art-world antihero whose work has been printed in international magazines. He is currently working on a painting series based on a year-long fine-art experiment (sketch365.com). (artsucks.com)
Cojo
ARTIST: Cojo is an art-world antihero whose work has been printed in international magazines. He is currently working on a painting series based on a year-long fine-art experiment (sketch365.com). (artsucks.com)

All this may be purely academic, though, if ROTC doesn’t choose to return to Columbia. With the military currently downsizing, Army ROTC spokesperson Lt. Col. Matt Hackathorn told the Voice following Friday’s vote that the Army is “not looking to expand” its ROTC program at this time. That said, Hackathorn was pleasantly surprised at Columbia’s decision. “It’s a positive step,” he said, “and one we would certainly want to assess.”

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