Ivy Schools Reconsidering ROTC on Campus Following Repeal of DADT
The Ivy League may be welcoming to a diverse array of students, but up until recently it's doors were mostly closed to the military. Following last week's repeal of "don't ask don't tell," schools like Harvard and Yale have stated that they are now open to having ROTC programs on campus and may move forward with supporting them now that gays and lesbians will no longer have to hide in the shadows in order to serve their country.
In a written statement Harvard President Drew Faust said that the Senate repeal was a historic first step in re-establishing ties with the military on his campus.
"It affirms American ideals of equal opportunity and underscores the importance of the right to military service as a fundamental dimension of citizenship," Faust stated. "I look forward to pursuing discussions with military officials and others to achieve Harvard's full and formal recognition of ROTC. I am very pleased that more students will now have the opportunity to serve their country."
Yale University President Richard C. Levin echoed Faust's statement and said in a recent release that he was also "eager to open discussions about expanding opportunities for students interested in military service" and will discuss the matter with the faculty of the college in the spring semester."
The Pentagon has stated that it will take a few months before the new law will officially go into effect.
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