Don't surrender military history just yet ["War Sells, but Not in Class," June 23-June 30].
I have taught military history courses for some 15 years at Loyola University in Chicago. In my years at Loyola, I have had the complete support of the department of history and the university. During these years, the department has expanded my offerings. I have taught or teach now: World War II; the History of U.S. Wars; the Pacific War 1941-45; and Global Military History. For-credit students register in surprising numbers for military history courses. I think that it is because in studying military history, they are studying heroes, not victims. They are studying what it takes to win and not how to cry if one loses. Washington, Grant, Custer, Lee, MacArthur, and Eisenhower are needed in the education of young Americans.
Robert E. Klein, Ph.D.
Because the Pentagon requires ROTC courses to follow military guidelines, scholars don't get jobs teaching cadets and many colleges don't create separate military history courses. Here's a better solution: Encourage colleges to establish military studies programs where ROTC cadets and other students can study the military in an independent, academic manner. Military history is too important to be left to the military alone.
John K. Wilson