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Making Citizen Soldiers: ROTC and the Ideology of American Military Service
This volume examines the reserve Officers Training Corps program as a distinctively American expression of the social, cultural, and political meanings of military service. since 1950, ROTC has produced nearly two out of three American active duty officers, yet there has been no comprehensive scholarly look at civilian officer education programs in nearly 40 years.
Published February 24th 2000 by Harvard University Press
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Neiberg's most interesting claims are that 1960s campus opposition to ROTC reflected primarily concerns about the quality of instruction and academic status, and that faculties generally supported the concept of ROTC. Second, he claims that federal legislation and social activism had minimal impact on 1970s integration of women and African Americans. Rather, integration was a utilitarian response to declining enrollments. The book reads like a competent MA thesis, but it's modestly informative f ...more