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March 4, 1996 | PAUL JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The marching, flag-raising and single-file roll calls are the same as they were decades ago. But a rebirth of the Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps--and new approaches to teaching the program--have swelled the ranks of high school students signing up to be cadets. In Los Angeles' public schools, the number of participants has shot up by more than 40% since 1992, according to the Los Angeles Unified School District.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 1, 2011 | By Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from Palo Alto -- On an early May morning 43 years ago, fire swept through Stanford University's Navy ROTC building, destroying a structure that had been damaged in another suspicious blaze just two months earlier. No arrests were ever made in the two arson fires, but they came at a time of angry, sometimes violent demonstrations against the Vietnam War on college campuses nationwide. Those protests often targeted the closest symbol of the U.S. military, the Reserve Officers Training Corps — with more than 200 campus ROTC units reporting vandalism during that war. Flash forward to a much different time.
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May 19, 1990 | Associated Press
The Army will not force a gay man expelled from the Reserve Officers' Training Corps to repay a $25,000 scholarship, but it denied his request to be commissioned and serve in the military, his lawyer said Friday. The Army said its decision was based "solely on the merits and circumstances of this particular case."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 29, 2011 | By Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from Palo Alto -- Stanford University's Faculty Senate voted Thursday to invite the Reserve Officer Training Corps back to the campus for the first time since the Vietnam War era, a turnaround prompted by the end of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy against gays serving openly in the military. Stanford's President John L. Hennessy said he would soon start discussions with the military branches to return ROTC to the university, joining other elite schools in welcoming back the officer training units that had been pushed off campus or denied academic standing during the antiwar movement of the 1970s.
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April 25, 1989 | From Associated Press
Twenty years after ROTC was pressured to leave the Harvard University campus, the student council has voted to bring it back. In a 41-24 vote Sunday, the Undergraduate Council asked the university to negotiate with the military to bring back Reserve Officers' Training Corps programs. In 1969, the university withdrew academic credit for ROTC, an edict that followed a student strike that paralyzed the school.
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April 24, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Nationwide enrollment in the Army's Reserve Officers' Training Corps has slipped more than 16% over the last two school years, leaving the program, which trains and commissions more than six of every 10 new Army officers each year, with its fewest participants in nearly a decade. The decline includes a 10% drop from the 2003-2004 school year to the term ending this spring. The Army's Cadet Command at Fort Monroe, Va.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 29, 1998
The Army has designated the Fullerton Union High School Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps as an Honor Unit with Distinction. After a command inspection, the JROTC student Battalion Commander Cadet Daniel Swenson and his staff--Cadet Majs. Angela Taylor, Jamie Anderson and Bryan Lacy and Cadet 1st Lt. Robert Wisser--received perfect scores for briefings. The Battalion Color Guard also earned perfect scores.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 14, 1997
A Junior ROTC instructor's attempt to disperse students lingering after an awards ceremony Thursday at Locke High School resulted in 48 students being exposed to pepper spray, six of whom were treated at hospitals, school officials said. Although authorities said no one was seriously injured, paramedics sent six youngsters to three hospitals after the lunchtime incident.
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February 3, 1990 | From Associated Press
University of Wisconsin regents refused Friday to expel the Reserve Officers' Training Corps, a move sought by a faculty group to protest the military's ban on homosexuals. The board voted, 13 to 3, to accept the recommendation of University President Kenneth Shaw, which calls for an aggressive lobbying effort to reverse the Pentagon policy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 1, 2011 | By Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from Palo Alto -- On an early May morning 43 years ago, fire swept through Stanford University's Navy ROTC building, destroying a structure that had been damaged in another suspicious blaze just two months earlier. No arrests were ever made in the two arson fires, but they came at a time of angry, sometimes violent demonstrations against the Vietnam War on college campuses nationwide. Those protests often targeted the closest symbol of the U.S. military, the Reserve Officers Training Corps — with more than 200 campus ROTC units reporting vandalism during that war. Flash forward to a much different time.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 22, 2008 | Seema Mehta and Dave McKibben, Times Staff Writers
Nerves are raw at area campuses after potential threats of violence emerged at two Southland schools, coming at the end of a month that has seen a spate of deadly shootings across the nation. Many parents of students at one Anaheim high school planned to keep their children home today and police plan a major campus presence after a cryptic message was published in the school newspaper.
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April 24, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Nationwide enrollment in the Army's Reserve Officers' Training Corps has slipped more than 16% over the last two school years, leaving the program, which trains and commissions more than six of every 10 new Army officers each year, with its fewest participants in nearly a decade. The decline includes a 10% drop from the 2003-2004 school year to the term ending this spring. The Army's Cadet Command at Fort Monroe, Va.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 19, 2000 | KARIMA A. HAYNES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At a time when most high school graduates part company, six from El Camino Real High School in Woodland Hills will stay together--not in college but as recruits starting active duty today-- in the Navy. Their enlistment marks the first time in recent memory that six graduates from the same high school are entering the same branch of the service on the same day, Navy officials said Tuesday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 29, 1998
The Army has designated the Fullerton Union High School Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps as an Honor Unit with Distinction. After a command inspection, the JROTC student Battalion Commander Cadet Daniel Swenson and his staff--Cadet Majs. Angela Taylor, Jamie Anderson and Bryan Lacy and Cadet 1st Lt. Robert Wisser--received perfect scores for briefings. The Battalion Color Guard also earned perfect scores.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 14, 1997
A Junior ROTC instructor's attempt to disperse students lingering after an awards ceremony Thursday at Locke High School resulted in 48 students being exposed to pepper spray, six of whom were treated at hospitals, school officials said. Although authorities said no one was seriously injured, paramedics sent six youngsters to three hospitals after the lunchtime incident.
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August 21, 1996 | Associated Press
The California Assembly voted Tuesday to ask the federal government to cut off funding to college campuses that ban the Reserve Officer Training Corps. The vote was 42-26 for the resolution by Assemblyman Mickey Conroy (R-Orange). An opponent asked for a second vote at a future session, delaying the measure's move to the Senate. Conroy said several California State University campuses are phasing out ROTC programs because of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy toward gays.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 17, 1994 | BETTINA BOXALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Using newspaper advertisements and a statement signed by a host of politicians and entertainment figures, gay rights advocates are pressuring UCLA administrators to drop the campus ROTC programs. Although recruits to the Reserve Officers' Training Corps are no longer asked about their sexual orientation under new military regulations, openly gay cadets remain subject to discharge.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 16, 1990 | GREG HERNANDEZ
A group of parents at Mater Dei High School are complaining about the school's decision to cancel its long-running junior Reserve Officers Training Corps program at the end of this school year. Principal Lyle Porter said Thursday that the school needs more classroom space for computer and liberal arts courses and can no longer justify keeping the program because of its expense and low enrollment. "It's primarily a space decision," Porter said. "We've got 2,200 kids on a campus made for 1,700.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 16, 1996 | LESLEY WRIGHT
Uniforms will be mandatory this fall for some students at Orange High School--those who sign up for the Marines' Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps program on the campus. Orange Unified School District trustees approved the program, the first in the district and one of only 35 new Marine JROTC programs nationwide to begin the next school year, Assistant Supt. Neil McKinnon said. New ROTC programs must be approved by the secretary of the Navy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 1996 | HOPE HAMASHIGE
The principals of Newport-Mesa Unified School District's four high schools are considering applying to have junior ROTC on campus. "We have a lot of students who are interested in outside organizations and I think it would be a good opportunity for them to explore," said Estancia Principal Peggy Anatol. "It offers a lot of discipline." The four principals attended a meeting with a junior Reserve Officer Training Corps instructor to discuss the program.
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