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JROTC is an excellent program

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Posted: Thursday, June 5, 2014 10:30 am

With his self-declared goal of being the City Council’s most liberal member — no easy task with comrades such as Melissa Mark-Viverito and Jumaane Williams — Councilman Danny Dromm is not a fan of many of society’s institutions and traditions.

He opposes, for example, letting church groups meet in empty schools on weekends, and claims the Police Department had no role in thwarting any terrorist attacks here since 9/11. Strange.

And now Dromm is going after the Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps. Here’s a program that gives young people a sense of purpose, instills discipline, teaches them about leadership and provides scholarship opportunities. At Francis Lewis High School here in Queens, the members even got a girls’ school opened in Afghanistan. But Dromm, a former teacher who chairs the Education Committee, says he has a “philosophical problem” with JROTC because it contributes to the U.S. “war machine.”

For one, not all JROTC members go into the Army. And though the military must be reduced for budgetary reasons, the country still needs it, whatever Dromm thinks. There’s trouble on every continent other than this one and Australia, and many crises that could lead to force being used.

Dromm should salute, not slap, JROTC — like the rest of us.

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