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The military and colleges: two views

The new issue of the Washington Monthly has a terrific mini-editorial on the lack of ROTC programs at Yale and Harvard: This is an outrageous legacy of the excesses of the antiwar movement of the Vietnam era. It discourages a substantial group of brilliant young people from serving their country and encourages the growth of ...

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The new issue of the Washington Monthly has a terrific mini-editorial on the lack of ROTC programs at Yale and Harvard:

This is an outrageous legacy of the excesses of the antiwar movement of the Vietnam era. It discourages a substantial group of brilliant young people from serving their country and encourages the growth of the gulf between America’s intellectual elite and our military, a gulf that is costly to both groups.

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At the other end of the educational spectrum, just what are for-profit colleges giving military students in exchange for tens of millions of taxpayers’ dollars? Business Week asks some tough questions. Great “lead”:

U.S. Marine Corporal James Long knows he’s enrolled at Ashford University. He just can’t remember what course he’s taking. The 22-year-old from Dalton, Ga., suffered a traumatic brain injury, impairing his ability to concentrate, when artillery shells hit his Humvee in Iraq in 2006. He signed up for Ashford, one of at least a dozen for-profit colleges making money off active-duty military with subsidies from American taxpayers, after its recruiter gave a sales pitch this year at a barracks housing the Wounded Warrior Battalion at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com.

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