Should a place like Reed College, which could produce terrific officers for our military, care about these things? Reed's perspective on this has certainly shifted since World War II. I surmise that it would be difficult to resurrect, even were it needed, the military recruiting on campus that occurred during World War II. More significantly, it would be very difficult to find Reed College graduates serving in the military today.
Despite the important changes in our armed forces since World War II, we have been able, in a uniquely American way, to preserve the core fighting spirit of these great institutions. Our sailors and Marines go in harm's way as they have always done for America, and with great success. They keep us safe. Reed needs to think about what care and attention it owes in turn.
Richard Danzig '65 is Secretary of the U.S. Navy.As well as a B.A. from Reed, he holds a J.D. degree from Yale Law School and a Ph.D. in history from Oxford University, where he attended as a Rhodes Scholar.