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Published: Tuesday, Feb. 19 2013 6:30 p.m. MST

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CougarColby
Fort Benning, GA

As a graduate of BYU who used the Tuition Assistance program, I have to say that I'm not at all surprised. I don't feel that this is strictly a BYU issue, although I can't understand why they won't sign it. As Latter Day Saints, we pride ourselves for being patriotic, but that is the last thing I felt walking around BYU campus as an ROTC cadet. BYU and Utahns just don't understand the military. "Oh, you want to be in the military? Couldn't you find another job?" I often felt that my choice for military service was settling for less in the minds of others. They just don't understand. Possibly because we don't really have many active duty military bases in Utah in which the community thrives off of the military.

I know I am generalizing quite a bit and that isn't completely fair. But this was my experience on a personal level. That being said, the ROTC falls under the Business School, and the business school was incredibly supportive and LOVED the ROTC cadets and cadre. That was real support and very refreshing. Hopefully, BYU can fix this issue.

RS
Holladay, UT

My returned missionary son joined the Army Reserve. He had wanted to join the military for many reasons for a long time, but mostly because he had a feeling that it was the right way for him to serve his country. This feeling wouldn't fade, even after two full years of a great mission. He had signed up and was gone to training within six months of returning from his mission. He is having a great time. He was thinking about BYU when he returns from training. This would be a great choice for him. It would be tragic if BYU was unwilling to keep this financial door open. This makes BYU look anti-military, which many people already think Mormons are. Anyone remember Anne Ronmey on "The View"? This would not be good for BYU or the church. Even if BYU were to replace those funds, it would still be wrong not to sign.

JWB
Kaysville, UT

This is just another way to get rid of the great military officer program that provides a balance to the military service academies that provide a certain type of military officer. Reservists bring a special need to the military, even though they may not have the same promotion capabilities as those from the academies.

We need to have Brigham Young University continue to support the officer training program to ensure great men and women get into the military to continue the knowledge and light that those candidates will bring to the United States of America and to the Military service they belong to. I don't want BYU to be classified with private and state universities that don't support the great Reserve Officer Training programs that can be supported.

We are different and BYU has been a light to the world that is their campus. It brings a special atmosphere with families and friends that we make around the world. War is not good but we need good people to help prevent wars through their military presence and abilities to show the light to the world. BYU makes a difference in all programs they participate in, in all forms.

JWB
Kaysville, UT

I will add that the Department of Defense has changed social actions and behavior requirements for the military that shows the intent of the military to change the core values of what has been the standard since George Washington. Those officers of the future will have to deal with those changes the Secretary of Defense has done administratively to get around public comment periods and the comments people would raise. There is a reason that the President wants a new Secretary of Defense right now who may be a Republican, is to deal with these changes that Panetta has made since he was mandated by the President to do. It does not improve military readiness with that standing force that is being depleted as I write. We still need good people who will defend our Constitution of the United States of America in uniform. We have civilians who should be writing to their elected officials to do the same type of action out of uniform. We need BYU graduates who have committed to integrity and honor with a character that won't be undermined in the next generation.

Flashback
Kearns, UT

BYU Idaho (the college formerly known as Ricks) signed it. Ricks is way more hard core on rules and standards than is regular BYU Provo. If Ricks signed it, there is no reason for the Y to do so. The same Church lawyers would review it.

My son benefitted from this program and is now a commissioned Army officer. It would be short sighted for the Y not to participate and have otherwise deserving, top students participate. The officers in embryo have to commit to a certain tenure in the military to get this assisstance, so why does the Y care.

Obama10
SYRACUSE, UT

So why don't we wait and see what BYU's objections are, before we start commenting on things we know nothing about. We know BYU has a long history of supporting ROTC. We know the LDS church has a long history of supporting the military. It is a little quizzical the BYU-I and BYU-Hawaii have signed but BYU-Provo have not. Maybe they just haven't gotten around to it yet. They did just have to hire two new offensive coaches for the football program. Besides, who would fire the cannon at the football games if they got rid of ROTC? :-)

Dutchman
Murray, UT

Maybe BYU is holding out because they want to get an invitation from the PAC 12 conference. This anti military attitude seems to be something schools like Cal-Berkley and Washington would support. LOL

John20000
Cedar Hills, UT

ROTC at BYU has won the Ranger Challenge competition 26 times in the past 28 years.

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