Cadets Will Make Pentagon Appeal For Commissions
The 35 AFROTC seniors who expect to be deprived of their commissions this June decided yesterday to send a delegation to Washington in the hope of changing the Air Force's policy.
The cadets also plan to consult with top University officials about their problem and to get in touch and cooperate with AFROTC students elsewhere who are in the same plight.
These decisions were reached at an Apley Court conference attended by approximately one-half of the men involved.
Those present first rejected the suggestion that they make their appeal in the form of letters to Congressmen, maintaining that the question is not a political one. They planned instead to send a group from their ranks to Washington during spring vacation to approach high Air Force officials and perhaps some civilians in the Federal administration.
All the students involved have been in the AFROTC program throughout their College careers with the understanding that upon graduation they would receive commissions as non-flying Air Force officers.
Colonel Frank P. Bostrom, professor of Air Science and Tactics, announced Monday, however that the Merge will probably withhold commissions from all cadets who fall to pass the physical for flight training.