Ban Lifted, R.O.T.C. to Return to Harvardís Campus
Harvard announced on Wednesday that it would open a campus office for the Army R.O.T.C. later this year, a move the Army believes will lead to greater participation in the program by Harvard undergraduates.
The agreement is the latest by several prominent universities to welcome the Reserve Officers Training Corps back on campus four decades after they banned it because of the Vietnam War. Those bans continued into recent years on the grounds that the military discriminated against gay and lesbian troops by barring them from serving openly.
But since Congress lifted that ban, known as Donít Ask, Donít Tell, in late 2010, a number of universities have moved to welcome R.O.T.C. back. Last year, Harvard, Columbia and Yale signed agreements to allow the Navy to have an R.O.T.C. office on their campuses.
ďThis is a welcome step in the long and distinguished history of military service by members of the Harvard community,Ē Drew Gilpin Faust, the president of Harvard, said in a statement.
2. Harvard actually has a remarkable history with the military
With a bit of research, Captain Mawn, Chairman of the Advocates for Harvard ROTC, discovered that Harvard had the highest number of Medal of Honor recipients among its alumni (i.e. 17) of any university in the world, except for the US Military Academy at West Point with 83 and the US Naval Academy at Annapolis with 73.