Out of step

Published: Wednesday, January 29, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 28, 2003 at 10:04 p.m.
President Bush wants to put an end to University of Michigan admissions policies because they are not "race neutral."
Well, neither are the admissions policies at West Point, Annapolis, or Colorado Springs. But their commander-in-chief's opposition to affirmative action isn't deterring officials at America's three service academies from aggressively pursuing diversity.
The military may be the most successfully integrated institution in American society.
And the mission of the service academies is to ensure that the officer corps reflects that diversity.
As Col. Michael L. Jones, admissions dean at West Point, told The New York Times this week: "Having a diverse student body allows personal growth in areas where people may not have gotten it otherwise. We want people to understand the society they defend."
The service academies act affirmatively to ensure a diverse officer corps, using some of the same policies as those Bush finds so objectionable at Michigan.
By design, race isn't the divisive issue in the military that it continues to be in civilian life.

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