Colleges: De-Escalation on the Campus

It is one of the many paradoxes of the Viet Nam war that while the demand for military officers is growing, one source of supply is dwindling steadily. Apart from the Federal Government's four service academies, there are seven four-year military colleges in the U.S., and they are surviving mainly by sharply de-escalating their military elements. They are, in fact, becoming more like civilian campuses every day—even to a few antiwar protesters and law-defying pot smokers.

The war itself is unpopular, and most students would rather gamble on the uncertainties of the...