ROTC @ Harvard, an update

March 5, 2011

It seems as if Harvard will NOT have to deal with the issues I raised in an earlier post about ROTC on campus.

Says Harvard in a press release, “Under the new agreement, Harvard will assist the Naval ROTC operation with office space, administrative help, classrooms, and access to athletic fields for midshipmen training.  Harvard midshipmen will continue to officially train with the “Old Ironsides Battalion,” a consortium unit based at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Currently, 10 Harvard students are part of the MIT-Harvard-Tufts Naval ROTC unit. Nine other Harvard students are with the MIT-based Army and Air Force ROTC units.”

Thus, the appointment of faculty and the awarding of credit is handled by some other university or college, for which these issues of faculty appointment and curriculum oversight are germane.  Harvard’s recognition of ROTC is simply a space and appreciative recognition arrangement.  Harvard will presumably transfer in the credits ROTC students earn from some other university.


About Doug Bennett

Doug Bennett is Emeritus President and Professor of Politics at Earlham College. He has a wife, Ellen, and two sons, Tommy (born 1984) and Robbie (born 2003).
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