Of the 1,346 undergraduates surveyed this November, almost 70 percent support the establishment of an ROTC unit on campus. Nearly 300 respondents who are not in ROTC expressed interested in participating in the program, and almost 100 said they would consider joining ROTC if a unit were established at Yale.
Almost 40 percent of students said that they would welcome ROTC back at Yale regardless of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” [emphasis Murdoc’s]
I think that last bit is pretty significant. Over a third of Yale students don’t think DADT was sufficient reason to ban ROTC. Only 16.5% of those surveyed were against ROTC on campus, which is probably not much different than the percentage of US citizens at large that would be opposed to it.
So more than twice as many students are in favor of ROTC regardless of DADT as are opposed for all reasons combined.
This site has received comments in the past about how Ivy League or liberal blah blah blah universities are no place to recruit officers for the military, but Murdoc disagrees. Not everyone who attends liberal-leaning schools is a Liberal, and not all Liberals would made bad military officers.
I think all the removal of ROTC and recruiters from many college has done is limit the pool of potential servicemen and women, particularly those with higher education. And it’s certainly done nothing to limit the gap between the military and large portions of the US citizenry.
Will we be seeing ROTC and on-campus recruiting re-established at all the schools who banned it in the wake of DADT now that DADT is going away? I doubt it, as the leadership of many of those schools had probably been waiting for a reason to pull the trigger and DADT was merely a good excuse. Some schools will probably be pressured by others to conform. Others will decide against it because they will perceive that campus is not the place for the military, overlooking the fact (maybe intentionally) that the reason for that perception is that the military was ejected from campus by them in the first place.