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Soldiers Discuss Military Service | The Harvard Crimson11/19/10 7:06 PMNEWSOPINIONMAGAZINESPORTSARTSMEDIAFLYBYABOUT USADVERTISINGE-MAIL ALERTSRSSSUBSCRIBECLASSIFIEDSCAMBRIDGE, MA WEATHER: 40FLetters for Lyrics Write a Letter to a Soldier, Get a Free Breaking Southern Ground CD. Our Troops Express Your Gratitude for Other's Sacrifice. Send a Message Now! USO.orgHarley Salutes Our Troops Active Military & Veterans - Enter to Win an H-D Bike of Your Choice. Discuss Military ServiceMOST READ1. Harvard Bonds on Facebook WebsiteBy ARIADNE C. MEDLER, CRIMSON STAFF WRITER2. Facemash Creator Survives Ad BoardPublished: Wednesday, May 03, 20063. Cambridge Man Arrested after Attempting toLike0 tweet0COMMENTEMAILPRINTRob Students, Shooting at Officer4. Massachusetts State Regulators To Ban FourLoko Sales5. Harvard College Warns of Four Loko’s RisksVILSA E. CURTOStudent veterans discuss their experiences at a panel organized by Military Appreciation and Support at Harvard (MASH),titled “Through the Eyes of Soldiers,” in Emerson 105 last night.A contingent of Harvard student veterans shared their military experiences with an intimatecrowd at Emerson Hall last night, urging students and civilian leaders to better familiarizethemselves with the inner workings of the armed forces. The panel, “Through the Eyes of Soldiers,” was sponsored by Military Appreciation andSupport at Harvard (MASH), which says it is nonpartisan. Although the club was formed lastsemester under the auspices of the Harvard Republican Club—drawing financial andadministrative support from the group, according to MASH co-director Andrea M. Nosal ’08—it hopes to apply for independent student-group status next semester. “We want to get this campus to engage in a dialogue, no matter personal beliefs on actualpolitics. Separate the military from the controversy,” Nosal said. Reserve Officers’ Training Corps member and panelist Peter H. Brooks ’06 said that for himthe event was about fostering a greater understanding of the military for both Harvardstudents and the wider community. “There is a huge civil-military divide,” he said. “Especially here at Harvard, as future leadersof our country, it would seem as though they should have some sort of familiarity with themilitary.” Panelist John H. Silva, a graduate student at the Kennedy School of Government and aveteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, agreed, stating that there is “an enormous disconnect 1 of 2Soldiers Discuss Military Service | The Harvard Crimson11/19/10 7:06 PMbetween the military and the elite in this country—just look at Congress.” The panel represented diverse military experiences, with former or current members of theU.S. Air Force, Marine Corps, Army, and Navy represented, as well as the Norwegian andFinnish militaries. TAGSThe group fielded questions ranging from the advantages and disadvantages of compulsoryBooks College Columns Filmservice to the U.S. military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, which bars gay and lesbianFood and Drink Football For The Momentcitizens from serving openly. Game Recaps Harvard SquareHarvard in the World Men's Soccer“I think it’s sad that such a policy is preventing the recruitment of so many smart people,”said former Norwegian special forces officer Magnus Grimeland ’07. “[Homosexuality in theMusic On Campus Politicsmilitary] is not a problem in Norway.” Sports Blog Student Groups Student LifeSummer Postcard Theater Visual ArtsPanelists also spoke about the nature of the U.S. military and the perceived difficulty indisentangling the military from politics. “At the ground level, it doesn’t matter,” said Harvard Extension School student RandallEdmonston. “You have to throw out your own personal beliefs—separate your politics fromyour mission.” Many of the panelists said officers should stay above the political fray. “I believe the military should be an apolitical institution,” Brooks said. “We’re serving theAmerican Constitution, not any given president or administration.”COMMENTShowing 0 commentsSort by Oldest first Subscribe by email Subscribe by RSSAdd New CommentPost as …Trackback URL comments powered by DISQUSPrivacy Policy | Rights and Permissions | Contact Us | Corrections | Subscriptions | RSS | Archives | WritersCopyright © 2010, The Harvard Crimson, Inc. 2 of 2