Fighting Right

By Malham M. Wakin '52

About a decade ago a pacifist Catholic group mounted a campaign to have all Catholic universities, beginning with Notre Dame, remove all ROTC programs from their campuses. That unsuccessful campaign came at a time when Notre Dame’s administration had authorized a study of its ROTC (Reserve Officers’ Training Corps) programs. Having spent a lifetime on active duty with the Air Force, I was one of those invited to campus to contribute to that interdisciplinary commission evaluating the moral appropriateness of offering military training at a Catholic university. At that time about 10 percent of Notre Dame’s students were on ROTC

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