It’s not always easy to be ROTC on a campus with an anti-war history.
UW-Madison’s Reserve Officer Training Corps made it through the tumultuous Vietnam War protests. They survived an effort by faculty in 1989 to kick the programs off campus because of their refusal to admit gay and lesbian cadets.
But the latest question isn’t about whether ROTC programs belong, it’s about where to put them.
The three ROTC units — Army, Navy/Marine Corps and Air Force — are housed in temporary digs with no drill space. A faculty committee is recommending they be consolidated into one new building.