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Can ROTC Solve Its Minority Problem?

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

size0-army.mil-33995-2009-04-01-120436In the Atlantic, Colin Daileda writes about the challenges the military faces in accessing minority officers—and how the return of big city ROTC can help. Daileda follows the progress of new ROTC units at schools affiliated with the City University of New York (CUNY) and notes how their success could lead to a more diverse officer corps:

Underserved: A Case Study of ROTC in New York City,” a 2011 report authored by Cheryl Miller of the conservative American Enterprise Institute, worried that army officer recruitment had become restricted to the South and Midwest, which alienated the officer corps from much of American society. “By overlooking institutions like CUNY — among the top producers of African American baccalaureates — the military is not accessing minority officers fully reflective of the population,” Miller wrote. “This absence might account, in part, for the lack of black officers in the top leadership ranks.” The implied benefit in having minorities more a part of the military is the same for having more minority groups be a part of the political process. For blacks and Hispanics, if their numbers are larger, their voice is louder. For the armed forces, a louder minority voice means decisions will be more representative of what the nation wants.

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