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February 14, 1936, Page 3

First Lady Objects
To Required ROTC

            Washington, D C. (NSFA)–In answer to a question posed at a meeting of the National Council of the American Youth Congress, Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt said,' "Personally I believe that military training in such (civil) schools should never be obligatory. It should be offered to those students who desire it, but should be entirely optional instead of compulsory." She said she had made it a practice not to support or criticize pending legislation.

            In answer to other questions, Mrs. Roosevelt expressed her opinion that student anti-war strikes had some value and added that the undergraduate approach to the war problem should be through study of the causes and consideration of pro posed methods to eliminate those causes.


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