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5:33 pm
Tue March 15, 2011

Letter urges Brown to bring back ROTC

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A group of Brown alumni with military service sent an open letter to the university urging it to reinstate ROTC.

The letter signed by15 graduates who have either served or are currently serving in the military applauds Brown President Ruth Simmons for exploring the option to bring back ROTC.

Simmons convened a committee back in February following the repeal of "Don't Ask Don't Tell."

Evan Pettyjohn was a captain in the Marine Corps and signed the letter supporting ROTC's return.

"Brown embracing ROTC, and giving students that option shows that Brown recognizes the value of their service," says Pettyjohn. "And it goes a step farther than recognizing it, it's encouraging that kind of selfless service and sacrifice."

It's been nearly 40 years since Brown halted the reserve officer training program. Students can still take part in ROTC through Providence College.

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