Harvard University announced Thursday that it would once again allow Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) on campus after having been prohibited for over 40 years. The new policy comes in reaction to the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” last year.
“NROTC’s return to Harvard is good for the University, good for the military, and good for the country,” said Navy Secretary Ray Mabus. “Together, we have made a decision to enrich the experience open to Harvard’s undergraduates, make the military better, and our nation stronger. Because with exposure comes understanding, and through understanding comes strength.”
In a press release, the school announced that Mabus and Harvard President Drew Faust will sign an agreement finalizing the deal Friday.
“Our renewed relationship affirms the vital role that the members of our armed forces play in serving the nation and securing our freedoms, while also affirming inclusion and opportunity as powerful American ideals,” Faust said in the statement. “It broadens the pathways for students to participate in an honorable and admirable calling and in so doing advances our commitment to both learning and service.”
Once full repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is completed this summer, the school will officially recognize the military outfit.