Radio Netherlands Worldwide | Harvard welcomes US military back to campus

Harvard welcomed back a US military officer training program that was booted off campus more than 40 years ago during the anti-war ferment at the height of the Vietnam War.

Harvard President Drew Faust and Navy Secretary Ray Mabus signed an agreement clearing the way for the reestablishment of a Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program on the campus of America’s oldest and most prestigious university.

The agreement will fully restore the relationship when the repeal of a ban on gays openly serving in the military, known as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” goes into effect later this year.

White House press secretary Jay Carney called it “an important step in moving past the old divisions that often kept many Americans from seeing what we share with one another, including love of country and a profound respect for our brave men and women in uniform.”

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