Yale announces return of ROTC

Yale University has agreed to bring back the ROTC for the first time in decades after Congress voted to allow gays to serve openly in the military.

Yale President Richard Levin and Navy Secretary Ray Mabus signed an agreement May 26 that established the Naval ROTC’s formal presence at Yale for the first time since the early 1970s. Harvard University welcomed back the Reserve Officers Training Corp in March and Columbia University said it would sign an agreement allowing the ROTC back onto campus.

“The renewal of a formal relationship with Yale will serve to bring dozens of new and talented officers who will carry on Yale’s tradition of service into the Navy and Marine Corps each year,” Mabus said. “The presence of NROTC will enrich and strengthen both the military and the educational experience of all students.”

The ROTC left prominent universities amid anti-Vietnam War sentiment. Colleges more recently kept it off campus because of the military’s policy on gays, which they considered discriminatory. Congress repealed the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy in December.

– from WiG and AP reports