Stanford To Discuss Return Of ROTC

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(AP)

PALO ALTO (AP) — Stanford University is mulling the return of the U.S. military’s Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program after nearly 40 years.

A faculty committee has sponsored meetings over the past few weeks for students and professors to discuss bringing back ROTC.

The program was barred from campus in 1973 amid strong anti-war sentiments and anger over the military’s ban on gays and lesbians.

But some students’ views of the armed services have changed, especially since Sept. 11 and the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell.”

Opponents say military coursework undermines the university’s academic independence. Supporters say future national leaders should appreciate and share the burdens of national defense.

The faculty committee is expected to make a recommendation in May.

(© 2011 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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