Army Reviewing Temple ROTC High Heels Controversy

Cadets wore heels with their uniforms for sexual assault awareness, provoking national outcry.

Source: Temple Unversity Army ROTC Facebook page.

Source: Temple University Army ROTC Facebook page.

We told you yesterday that the Temple University ROTC had come under massive criticism from right-wing blogs after cadets wore high heels with their camouflage uniforms. Now, the Army is apparently reviewing the matter.

The Washington Post reports:

A spokesman for U.S. Army Cadet Command, Lt. Col. Paul Haverstick, said ROTC units across the country were directed to participate in Sexual Assault Awareness Month events on their campuses “to help stamp out sexual assault on the campuses where they have a presence.” But Maj. Gen. Peggy C. Combs, the cadets’ commanding general, did not direct how the units would do so, and had other events as options, Haverstick said.

“After receiving some comments about uniforms, we are currently reviewing how local universities implemented their participation in these events designed to raise awareness on the issue of sexual assault,” Haverstick said in an e-mail.

About 15 of the 120 cadets at Temple University wore uniforms for the event, said Army Lt. Col. Gregory Nardi, the professor of military science there. It was an optional event, and most of those involved wore their uniforms, he said. Temple cadets will adhere to any guidance that senior commanders have for the event in the future, he added.

A similar event at Arizona State University has also drawn fire from conservative groups.