Every cause has to have some form of demonstration, some “awareness” raising event. Which, even for those issues I care little or nothing about, or even disagree with, that’s fine. This event mentality is particularly a feature of campus life. Which, again, is fine.
But then there’s this.
Now, it appears that either the uniform requirement was later modified, or the cadet chain of command did a poor job passing the word from the beginning.
But still, this is stupid.
The fact is, ROTC Cadets at any university will find themselves obligated to participate in events over and above the purely military training events you would expect of them. For instance, NROTC Cadets at Washington State University used to provide ticket check and bag search services at home football games to the university.
The crotchety part of me thinks participating in the Walk a mile event in ACUs with red heels is demeaning to the uniform. The other part, the part that knows I’ve used Air Force gloves quite a few times, says that showing the community that the Army can have some fun is OK with people participating. I’m just against being voluntold to participate.