Still, some question whether an ROTC program has any place on a Jesuit Catholic campus. To critics Farquharson responds by saying, “The Constitution clearly states that the government must provide for the common defense of the nation. Wouldn’t you want to have a role in forming leaders for the military? Isn’t it good that someone like the vice chief of the United States Army was inculcated with Seattle University’s core values?”
And with the United States government’s military commitments showing no signs of diminishing, Farquharson sees as great a need as ever for an ROTC program like SU’s and the leaders it forms.
Leaders such as David, who says, “Soon I am going to be an officer in the United States Army and I am grateful that I have had an education that has taught me about the good things our nation has done, but also the bad. I think that the lessons I have learned here at SU will serve me well in my military career.”
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