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David Walker
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David Walker

Former Comptroller General of the United States, David Walker is president and CEO of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation.

Support ROTC, Keep the Academies

I have mixed emotions regarding this question. I had appointments to both Annapolis and the Air Force Academy but could not attend due to a bad left ear. That was one of the biggest disappointments of my life. On the other hand, our son, Andy, attended Villanova on an NROTC (Marine Corps) scholarship because he wanted to attend a regular university. He had a great experience.

In the final analysis, I believe that retaining the military service academies makes sense due to their history, long standing tradition, and the core values they teach. There are plenty of other ways to save big money in the Defense budget. At the same time, we should continue ROTC programs and certain Ivy League and other schools who have not participated in the past should provide this option to their students.

By David Walker

 |  April 21, 2009; 4:00 PM ET
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I support retaining the service academies and the ROTC program. They both make meaningful contributions to our miliatry and to training future leaders for America. In my experience, the military has some of the best, if not the best, leadership training available.

Posted by: dmwalker | April 23, 2009 3:10 PM
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I support retaining the service academies and the ROTC program. They both make meaningful contributions to our miliatry and to training future leaders for America. In my experience, the military has some of the best, if not the best, leadership training available.

Posted by: dmwalker | April 23, 2009 3:09 PM
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Mr. Walker, could you elaborate on what you mean by mixed emotions?

Why were you so disappointed not to be able to attend one of the service academies?

Does your disappointment leave you less inclined to support the service academies? Especially because your son had such a great experience at NROTC at Villanova?

Thank you so much for your input,
very respectfully,

Posted by: anotherperspective2 | April 22, 2009 8:33 AM
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