To repeat the sentiments of Mary Tobin, a Black graduate of West Point, “Affirmative action barely achieved equity.”  This NPR story is an audio tape, 39 minutes long.

Most officers became officers via ROTC in civilian institutions.  The arguments that ended affirmative action included the claim that it upends merit — “as if it’s a way in for unqualified individuals of color.”  Military officials made the argument that cohesion is lost without diversity in the officer corps.   Read/listen more>>>

Affirmative Action: nowhere except in military academies

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