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Brown Renewing ROTC Ties With Navy, Air Force After Campus Ban

Thursday, September 15, 2016

 

Brown University has announced it will renew ROTC ties with the Navy and Air Force, after Brown faculty had voted during the Vietnam war to limit the role of the military in all instruction on campus, resulting in the closing of the then campus-based programs with the Navy and Air Force. 

In 2015, Brown faculty voted to renew the Navy and Air Force affiliations. The University signed new agreements with the service branches that will be celebrated at the Sept. 16 ceremony.

Brown retained ties with Army ROTC program based at Providence College.

The formal re-launching will be done by Assistant Secretary of the Navy Franklin Parker and Air Force Brigadier General Steven Garland. 

They will be joined by U.S. Senator Jack Reed as well as members of the Naval ROTC at Holy Cross and Air Force ROTC at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, whose campuses host the regional unites in which Brown students can now participate. 

Brown & ROTC 

In 1969, in the context of the Vietnam War, Brown's faculty voted to limit the role of the military in all instruction on campuses, resulting in the closing of the then campus based programs with the Navy and Air Force. 

The ROTC debate was reopened in 2011 but it was determined by then president Ruth Simmons that there was no "powerful and overriding reason to reinstitute a full-fledged Army ROTC program at Brown."

That report came just a few months after students, faculty and community members protested the possible reinstitution of the ROTC. 

 

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