IU ROTC Well Prepared For Repeal Of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

Lt. Col. Ogden said their program requires cadets to display respect and provide dignity to those all sexual orientations.

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Lt. Col. Ogden says IU ROTC has always been open enrollment, and has never excluded anyone based on sexual orientation.

Despite the repeal of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy, which went into effect Tuesday, Reserve Officer Training Corps Lieutenant Colonel Michael Ogden said he does not anticipate much change on their program.

“Army ROTC has been an open enrollment process, where the only criteria to enroll into ROTC is that you are a student at Indiana University,” he said. “The repeal and the change of this law will have minimum to no effect on our program or on the future of our program.”

Lt. Col. Ogden said their program always adapts to the changing laws and they ably by them, but their program has required, and will continue to require cadets to display respect and provide dignity to those around them of all races, religions, colors, sexual orientation, and gender.

“We are a leadership-training program that demands that our leaders demonstrate they are professional leaders of characters,” he said.

The repeal of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy allows open disclosure of sexual orientation and in preparation to this new change Ogden did say they have had training in anticipation to the repeal.

Ogden said he could not go into detail about the training program but said all their cadets have completed their training last fall.

“As it became evident that the repeal of the law would occur, we participated in training and trained our cadets on the anticipated changes in policy and what if any changes we could expect to occur with ROTC,” he said. “It was a reminder, an in-depth reminder that to be an army officer, to be a member of our United States Army, that it requires at all times you treat people with dignity and respect regardless of race, religion, colors, creed or sexual orientation.”

Congress repealed the act originally in the fall of 2010, and it finally took full effect this week.

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