SecNav Ray Mabus and Harvard President Drew Faust have agreed to let NROTC back to the iviest of the Ivies, now that the military has – largely – conformed itself to the academy’s sensibilities:
The agreement upholds Harvard’s promise to bring ROTC back to campus following the repeal by Congress of a ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in the military, the “don’t ask, don’t tell’’ policy.
About 30 former and active members of the Navy and Marine Corps and Harvard faculty and students gathered in Harvard’s Loeb House to watch Faust and Mabus end the schism between the university and military that began during the Vietnam War.
“Our renewed relationship affirms the vital role that the members of our armed forces play in serving the nation and securing our freedoms,’’ Faust said.
“At the same time, our renewed relationship affirms the commitment embodied in Congress’s historic December vote to achieve greater inclusiveness within the ranks of the military.’’
Harvard will resume formal recognition of the Naval ROTC on campus, which includes taking full financial responsibility for participating students, on the effective date of the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell’’ some time this summer.
The military has bent over backward trying to accommodate the lame duck 111th congress’ guidance or repealing Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell. Which wasn’t quite good enough for about 15 Harvard students who protested the decision, saying that the military ought to bend over forward and eliminate current proscriptions against transgenders.
You can’t please everyone.
Probably have to wait until the lame duck half of the president’s second term.