The administration at Harvard decided this week to reinstate the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) program on campus. Since 1970, the ROTC program had been discontinued at Harvard as a result of student protests to the Vietnam War and remained inactive due to the military’s “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell Policy.” Said Harvard President Drew Faust in a statement, “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. 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.”
In light of the overturning of the discriminatory “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy instituted under the Clinton administration that did not allow members of the LGBT community to serve openly in our nation’s military, Harvard chose to welcome back the respected program that trains college students to be officers in our armed forces. This is welcome news for high school students seeking to attend Harvard who also want to participate in ROTC and complete their military service following their college graduation. It is welcome news that a program that will train some of the best and brightest students our country has to offer at Harvard will soon be returning to campus and it is also welcome news that this program is now open to ALL Harvard students. LGBT Harvard cadets can now enjoy the full right and privilege of serving our country openly and our country will be stronger for it.
Said U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus in a statement, “[The move] is good for the university, good for the military, and good for the country. Together, we have made a decision to enrich the experience open to Harvard’s undergraduates, make the military better, and our nation stronger.” If you are interested in securing a scholarship with a ROTC program either at Harvard or another university, we would love to hear from you so that we can help you succeed in the college admissions process.