ROTC in Transition; A New Potential for Leadership
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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In the face of lost incentives related to Vietnam, Army ROTC has been struggling for health, with some success, in the volunteer environment. Army requirements for 10,000 newly commissioned officers annually demand that ROTC units meet increased production goals in the Eighties. However, in light of realities on campus, it is not likely that the Army ROTC program will produce the required numbers of new officers, unless significant changes are made in the organizational environment. This conclusion is based on the results of two analytical methods for evaluating enrollment and commissioning data and a study of the environment as reflected in surveys and factual information relative to the attitudes and behavior of students, faculty, administrators, higher headquarters and the Congress. If Army ROTC is to meet the requirements of the active and reserve forces a range of initiatives must be taken by Congress, the States, Departments of Defense and the Army, and the institutions with Army ROTC on campus. These new actions should include some form of national service, reimbursement of institutions for support of ROTC, state assistance for ROTC cadets bound for the National Guard, Defense and Army advocacy for the dual production of active and reserve officers ROTC mission, and active institutional support in counseling and advising potential cadets.
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