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After DADT, Schools May Welcome ROTC

After DADT, Schools May Welcome ROTC


Some of the nation's most elite colleges may welcome the ROTC program to their campuses following the repeal of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy.

Fox News reports that Harvard, Columbia, Stanford, and Yale are among the schools that may be ready to end their "decades-old standoff" with the Pentagon over the discriminatory policy. On some campuses, the policy exacerbated friction that began in the Vietnam War era.

Drew Faust, president of Harvard University and the daughter of a World War II veteran, posted an encouraging statement on the university's website, for example.

"I look forward to pursuing discussions with military officials and others to achieve Harvard's full and formal recognition of ROTC," she said. "I am very pleased that more students will now have the opportunity to serve their country."

Columbia and Yale also said they would be considering the issue in 2011, while Stanford indicated that academic concerns also enter their calculations.

The Pentagon did not respond to a request for comment, according to Fox News.

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