Linked and highlighted are excerpts from a recent speech by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates. http://www.defenselink.mil/speeches/speech.aspx?speechid=1228 It is a four page speech with lots of interesting thoughts on higher education and the military. A good opener: Specifically regarding ROTC and foreign language acquisition: ^^^financial incentives are a good idea. I wonder what the obligation might be. Gates was speaking to the American Association of Universities and also addressed how the opposition to military service obliquely uses ROTC as a tool: There is much more in the speech worth reading - China, Iraq, veterans returning to college, etc.