[Marxism] In 60s & 70s ROTC Students Probably Spied for Uncle Sam

Brian Shannon Brian_Shannon at verizon.net
Thu Nov 24 18:55:37 MST 2005

You  might want to look at the last line first.

Brian Shannon
But the student who really wants to take Rot-cee is not generally of 
the snickering sort. "We don't have radicals in the ROTC," says a major 
on one of the country's more radical campuses, Wisconsin. "There are 
obnoxious elements here." - For the past ten years the Anti-Military 
Ball at Madison has been outdrawing the Military Ball on the same 
night."They laugh at the flag-wavers, but what we need is more 
flag-waving." The future flag-wavers (with, in the event, at least one 
obnoxious element in their midst) enter a classroom and are told not to 
take notes and not to tell anyone what they are about to see. What they 
are about to see - this at the University of Washington - is a series 
of three slide pictures. The first is a map of the U.S. West Coast with 
red dots marking the major cities and towns; the second an 
identification of the red dots as chapter headquarters of the Student 
Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), Students for a Democratic 
Society (SDS), the Dubois Clubs, and other "Communist dominated, 
Communist influenced, and Communist oriented student groups; the third 
a procession of three ducks with this legend below it: "If it walks 
like a duck, talks like a duck, and lays eggs like a duck, then it's a 

After the showing the commandant requests that the cadets prepare files 
on fellow-students involved in these organizations. Three trusted 
Rot-cees are assigned to correlate the information. When the story of 
this educational operation broke last year, Washington's president sent 
an outraged letter to the Commanding General of the U.S. Sixth Army.

The Army confirmed the report that it was furnishing this "guidance 
program" material to the ROTC and volunteered the information that the 
program was being offered in ROTC units at twenty-six colleges in eight 
Western states.

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