Don't Ask, Don't Tell's End Marks ROTC's Beginning at UC Irvine

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Last week, when the U.S. military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy was officially repealed, UC Irvine's inaugural class of ROTC cadets began participating in the campus' new program.

That wasn't just a coincidence.

Campus officials first talked to the U.S. Army about establishing an ROTC program during the 2009-10 academic year, but that was delayed due to warring policies: the U.S. military's vs. the UC's.

One one side was "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." On the other, the UC's full nondiscrimination policy, which prohibits discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, medical condition (cancer-related or genetic characteristics), ancestry, marital status, age, sexual orientation, citizenship, or service in the uniformed services.

Sharon Salinger, UC Irvine's dean of undergraduate education who had begun the initial talks with the Army, discovered this after approaching Kirsten Quanbeck, UCI's assistant executive vice chancellor and director of UCI's Office of Equal Opportunity & Diversity, about implementing an ROTC program that fall, reports UC Irvine Today.

When President Barack Obama signed the bill repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" on Dec. 22, 2010, Salinger, Quanbeck and Kyhm Penfil, campus counsel, knew that regulations officially dismantling the policy would follow--as well as the opportunity to bring the ROTC to UCI.

Now, it's finally there and, as Salinger will gladly tell you, open to all.


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mitch young
mitch young

Actually there has been ROTC at Cal, UCLA, UCSB etc all along. The UC's are landgrant universities, and so could not bar ROTC, whatever homosexual friendly policies they had. It's probable the the military just wasn't interested in UCI, and at any rate UCI students could probably drill with CSUF or another school.

In other words, this narrative, either your construction or that of UCI, is probably BS.

13 Stoploss
13 Stoploss

Actually, neither of these stories paint an accurate picture to how it went down... maybe you missed that there were a few years of intense struggle between student cadet's and the chancellor--not over discrimination, not at first, but lastly--over highly suspect and unnamed reasons? Here's what happened before the deal went down: http://www.newuniversity.org/2...

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