Navy ROTC Returns to Harvard

Story Number: NNS110303-23Release Date: 3/3/2011 8:08:00 PM
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From Secretary of the Navy Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Secretary Ray Mabus and Harvard University President Drew Faust will sign an agreement March 4 that will bring the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) program back to Harvard for the first time in 40 years.

Under the agreement, the NROTC program will have an office on the Harvard University campus. This returns an NROTC presence to Harvard, one of the six original partner institutions of NROTC when the program was established in 1926.

"NROTC's return to Harvard is good for the university, good for the military, and good for the country," said the Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus. "Together, we have made a decision to enrich the experience open to Harvard's undergraduates, make the military better, and our nation stronger. Because with exposure comes understanding, and through understanding comes strength."

"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," Faust said. "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."

NROTC active duty Navy and Marine Corps officers will meet with Harvard NROTC midshipmen on the Harvard campus during routinely-scheduled office hours. This partnership will enhance the mentoring and development of Harvard NROTC midshipmen and provide an opportunity for the Harvard community to learn more about the Navy and Marine Corps.

"The commitment of the University to educating active duty officers and military veterans is absolutely tremendous; over 100 current members of the University are serving or have served. And it is a relationship that, quite literally since the birth of our nation has benefited and enriched the experience of both Harvard and the military."

The NROTC program develops young men and women morally, mentally, and physically, and instills in them the highest ideals of honor, courage, and commitment. The program educates and trains young men and women for leadership positions in an increasingly technical Navy and Marine Corps.

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3/9/2011 10:22:00 AM
Harvard, and the academic community in general, need to be educated by persons serving in the military. So many here don't know anyone serving, don't understand. Familiarity with the dedication, the sacrifice, the commitment of military members and their families can only benefit them, and help support Navy efforts. Glad NROTC can spread the word and develop exceptional young officers here, again.

3/8/2011 7:01:00 PM
The prevailing radical attitude imbeded in the teaching at Harvard will not serve the Navy well.

3/7/2011 7:59:00 PM
FYI, there are two Ivy League universities which have always had an NROTC Unit, including my alma mater, Cornell University. I think this is a GREAT thing for our NAVY and our nation. Harvard will collect the same $200,000 tuition regardless of whether Dad or Uncle Sam is paying the bill. The quality of Harvard (and other top-tier university) graduates is superior, and the Navy will be well-served adding more highly-educated, critical thinking individuals to its officer corps.

3/7/2011 5:03:00 PM
Some people from Harvard have found ways to serve in the Navy and Marine Corps in the past 41 years despite the barrier raised by Harvard. In Sec. Mabus' talk at Harvard he gave examples; details at and other accounts linked from The sense from both Navy and Harvard people at the ceremony was that the Navy, Marine Corps, Harvard and the country could do with more such people.

3/7/2011 11:29:00 AM
Having been an active duty and NRTOC recruiter for the past three years this is a good thing for the Navy. Think of it more as a recruiting incentive to potential applicants who previously wouldn't have considered the navy, nor been able to afford to attend Harvard. Currently the Navy isn't trying to put bodies in seats, we are trying to put the most qualified people in postions where they are needed.

3/5/2011 10:14:00 PM
The Navy has existed the past 30+ years without an ROTC unit at Harvard (and has had cross enrollment at the MIT unit). Why are we wasting money and effort on this? The Navy can get quality people from the Academy and any one of dozens of first tier colleges that didn't feel a need to exclude us. /USNA grad (some HS classmates went to Harvard) //I suspect the same PC and anti-america forces that are diluting USNA are behind this. ///Ivy League isn't what it used to be either.

3/5/2011 8:03:00 PM
Frankly,I don't think NROTC should crawl back to Harvard or any other Ivy League campus. NROTC was tossed off campus over forty years ago because of these universities' opposition to the Vietnam War,and they continued to be banned because of DADT. A lame excuse if there ever was one. There are plenty of universities across this Republic that have always been proud to have NROTC on campus. And many talented young people have been commissioned as a result. I'd tell the Ivy Leagues to take a hike!

3/5/2011 10:45:00 AM
Harvard dropped NROTC and that cost me an NROTC scholarship and an IVY league education. I don't think I would trust them again.

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Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) the Honorable Ray Mabus, left, and Harvard President Drew Faust sign a Memorandum of Agreement re-establishing the Naval ROTC on the Harvard campus.
110304-N-5549O-204 BOSTON (March 4, 2011) Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) the Honorable Ray Mabus, left, and Harvard President Drew Faust sign a Memorandum of Agreement re-establishing the Naval ROTC on the Harvard campus for the first time in nearly 40 years. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kevin S. O'Brien/Released)
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