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Harvard pres: ROTC talks on after DADT repeal

December 20, 2010

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Harvard University's president says she looks forward to a return to campus of the long-banned Reserve Officer Training Corps program, now that Congress voted this weekend to allow gays to serve openly in the military.

President Drew Gilpin Faust said in a statement that she plans to hold discussions with military officials and hopes they will lead to Harvard's full and formal recognition of ROTC.

The university banned the program on campus in 1969 amid Vietnam War dissent. ROTC students from Harvard train at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

In the past, Faust said Harvard was prepared to "fully" recognize the ROTC when all students have "the privilege and honor of military service" without having to lie.