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ROTC returns to Case Western Reserve University
Allowing gays into the military factors into decision to reinstate ROTC at some college campuses 40 years after Kent State tragedy

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There will be ROTC cadets marching at Case Western Reserve University this fall for the first time in more than 40 years.  Case is reinstating Reserve Officers Training Corp classes on its campus after cancelling the program, as did many schools across the country, after the Kent State shootings in 1970.

Harvard and Yale also welcomed back ROTC programs this fall after congress voted to end the military’s ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ prohibition against gay people serving in the military.

Case Western Provost William Baeslack says “don’t ask, don’t tell” was a consideration at Case, but he also feels ROTC fits with the university’s goals -

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He says the attributes of leadership, and "really the strong service orientation that ROTC brings to the students are consistent with our mission of service to the community."

Since 2006, Case students have been able to participate in ROTC through John Carroll University. But now students will be able to participate in ROTC entirely on the Case campus.

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