Education: Needed: A New Mission

Is the Air Force's college reserve officers' training program as outmoded as the B-17 bomber? Fortnight ago, John D. Millett, president of Miami University of Ohio, posed the question on behalf of 176 college and university administrators gathered for an Air Force-sponsored conference on R.O.T.C. problems at Maxwell A.F.B., Ala. Continued changes in policy have caused growing tension and occasional open hostility between the colleges and the junior service. Even former Air Force Secretary James H. Douglas admitted to the educators that the A.F.R.O.T.C. program "suggests a considerable amount of lost motion," since only 4,000 officers are commissioned each year from...

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