College ROTC Cadets could move from books to battlefields as the Obama administration draws its final decision on possible U.S. involvement in Syria.
Disapproval of Obama’s handling of Syria has increased to 60 percent this month, up 20 percent from last month, according to a Fox News Poll released earlier this week. However, these percentages may not determine what actions the President deems necessary.
“It’s not something I think about very often, I don’t get caught up in what our military is doing,” Tech Cadet Nick White said.
“Being contracted with the Army ROTC, it doesn’t really matter what I think. I signed a contract and I knew what I was signing up for; I will proudly go wherever they may need me,” said White.
Many students study business, law, healthcare and education while ROTC students spend their college careers training for battle.
Cadets across the nation could face the realities of war just months after graduation.
While some students may never consider the effect that Obama’s decision has on their lives, others do.
“I am not affiliated with the military, but I have been following the conflicts in Syria for over a year now, when it was Egypt we were helping,” said Tech freshman Jacob Garner.
“The humanitarian side of me says ‘let’s help’, but it is much more complicated than that. We should be more imperialistic like we were in World War I and focus our attention internally,” said Garner.
The conflicts in Syria escalated after evidence suggested Syrian government forces were responsible for a poison gas attack that killed more than 1,400 people on August 21.
“I fervently hope that this can be resolved in a non-military way,” Obama told Fox News.