Gateway Battalion Army ROTC Problem Statement Washington University sends conflicting messages to the student body and broader community by retaining its Army ROTC program while not recognizing the worth of the curriculum or the efforts of its students by withholding academic credit At the same time the nation needs the best and brightest leaders in public service, Washington University student participation in ROTC has plummeted in the last 45 years Many negative stereotypes and ignorance toward ROTC and/or the military still exist on this campus
Gateway Battalion Army ROTC Our Missions Are Not Dissimilar Washington University in St. Louis is committed to providing a great university experience filled with knowledge, discoveries and service. Through more than 90 programs and 1,500 courses, we help you develop intellectually, personally and professionally. The choices and challenges are yours.... and you can explore them all because crossing academic boundaries is a Washington University specialty.
Gateway Battalion Army ROTC Mission of ROTC : Select, educate, train, and commission college students to be officers and leaders of character in the Army; instill the values of citizenship, national and community service, and personal responsibility. Desired Competencies : Character and Accountability Adaptability and Initiative Communication and Engagement Teamwork and Collaboration Comprehensive Fitness Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Cultural Competence Tactical and Technical Competence Lifelong Learner
Gateway Battalion Army ROTC We Are Among The Ten Elite Host ROTC Schools 1.Princeton 2.Duke 3.MIT (PE credits) 4.Johns Hopkins 5.Washington University* 6.Cornell 7.Vanderbilt 8.Notre Dame 9.Georgetown 10.Berkeley Bold = Schools granting academic credit for Military Science and Leadership courses *Students majoring in Engineering receive academic credit for MSL 300 & 400 courses 2013 Commissioning Ceremony at WUSTL
Gateway Battalion Army ROTC A Lot Has Changed Since We Last Met: 1968: A&S vote to withdraw ROTC credit Feb., 1970: Arsonists burn Army ROTC & throw cherry bombs at STL firemen May, 1970: In wake of Kent State, arsonists burn Air Force ROTC building while students raise the Viet Cong flag & throw rocks at STL firemen Late 1960s /early 1970s: several universities ban ROTC 1970: Army ROTC moved to mid-town ; then the Academy bldg in 1978 ; then North Campus in SLU takes Air Force ROTC 1973: Begin All-Volunteer Military 1976: Service Academes integrate women 1980s: U.S. Military transforms its approach to training, education, and professional development 1986: Cadet Command established End of Cold War – present day: An era of near constant armed conflict 2011: Repeal of Dont Ask, Dont Tell 2013: A&S agrees to review ROTC credit Arsonists burn ROTC buildings at WUSTL
Gateway Battalion Army ROTC Wash U ROTC Enrollment 1970 to Vote to withdraw academic credit 1988 SLU overtakes WU; begin teaching on SLU 1978 ROTC Moved to Academy Building 2004 Moved to North Campus WU ROTC 91 National Scholarships = $18,200,000 ( does not include 3 or 2 yr scholarships ) 1970 Moved off campus after arson attack A nation that makes a great distinction between its scholars and its warriors will have its laws made by cowards and its wars fought by fools. Thucydides
Gateway Battalion Army ROTC ROTC was not created by President Wilson to militarize college campuses; it was created to liberalize the Army. Commissioned officers are devoted to selfless service to the nation. They swear an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. If you want to change the military, educate its leaders An Unhealthy Disconnect
Gateway Battalion Army ROTC Healing Recent Facebook comments: Look what I saw on WashU's campus. Richard Goldblatt Proudly displayed on the heart of campus where it should be! Good for this old soldier to see. Wouldn't have happened when I went through the program '76 - '78. Richard Goldblatt John Mark Atkins Okay who twisted the administration's arm to do this? I stopped giving to the university because of the way they treated ROTC. I thought this would never happen LA '82. John Mark Atkins Walk-in perspective student: #2 of 402; she wants to study bio-medical engineering and is interested in ROTC.
Gateway Battalion Army ROTC Curriculum One 3-hr MSL course per semester with lab, physical fitness, and field training requirements ~ 15 hours per week Service learning model connects theory with application and practice Professor of Military Science: Board selected Masters degree or higher Recent operational experience Proven career success Instructor certification MSL 300 and 400 level courses: MSL 301 Three formal leadership position assessments, oral briefings, term paper, mid- term, final exam. ~ 30 pages of reading per class Six week leadership evaluation and training experience between junior and senior year MSL 401 Semester-long formal leadership position assessment, oral briefings, book review, mid-term, final exam; responsible for planning, executing and assessing training, assessing and mentoring underclassmen. ~ 60 pages of reading per class
Gateway Battalion Army ROTC Cultural Exchange and Language Proficiency Program 2013: Croatia, Panama, Democratic Republic of Congo, South Korea 2014: Dominica, Tanzania, Germany, Italy, Bulgaria, Hungary
Gateway Battalion Army ROTC "Public business, my son, must always be done by somebody. It will be done by somebody or another. If wise men decline it, others will not; if honest men refuse it, others will not." -- John Adams
Gateway Battalion Army ROTC Conclusion We respectfully request that the Academic Committee grant academic credit for Military Science and Leadership (MSL) 300 and 400 courses and offer Physical Education credits for MSL100 and 200 level courses for a total of twelve academic credits and four PE credits or explain what changes are required to meet academic standards worthy of credit for MSL courses.