Stanford Considers Bringing R.O.T.C. Back

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Jimmy Ruck, a Stanford University junior, wakes up at 5:20 a.m. so he can make the 15-mile journey to Santa Clara University, where he attends training as part of the Reserve Officer Training Corps, or R.O.T.C. It begins at 6:15. Promptly.

“They have a saying in the Army — ‘If you’re on time, you’re late, and if you’re five minutes early, you’re on time,” Mr. Ruck said.

He has to get up early because there is no R.O.T.C. program at Stanford. The university has not had one on campus since 1973, when the Army and the Navy terminated their programs after years of opposition from students and faculty during the height of national turmoil over the Vietnam War.

The 15 or so Stanford students who participate in R.O.T.C. programs now go to University of California, Berkeley; San Jose State; or, like Mr. Ruck, Santa Clara.

But that may change. For a while, Stanford officials have been discussing bringing back R.O.T.C. An apparent prerequisite for its return is a repeal of the current law barring openly gay people from serving in the military....

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