ROTC Coverage Added Recently
- 27 March 2020 Harvard Crimson article "Harvard College Admits 4.92 Percent of Applicants to Class of 2024". Note: "The number of admitted students who previously served in the military or indicated an interest in ROTC also grew. This year’s class admitted students include 13 veterans and 47 students interested in ROTC, an increase from six veterans and 41 ROTC prospects last year.
Fitzsimmons said in a Wednesday interview that he believes veterans bring a valuable perspective to campus.
“The difference the veterans make in terms of their interaction with fellow undergraduates is absolutely priceless. We certainly hope that we’re going to see the continued increases,” Fitzsimmons said."
- 21 February 2020 Harvard Crimson article "DSO Appoints New Manager for Military Student Services". Note: The newly created position "will act as a liaison to Army, Navy, and Air Force ROTC students and others interested in serving in the military". The article also erroneously states that "in 1969, the Faculty of Arts and Sciences voted to strip ROTC of its extracurricular status". What in fact happened was that the faculty voted to change the status to extracurricular, thereby violating the terms of the ROTC Vitalization Act of 1964 ((Part 1 Part 2), as discussed in a 1969 Crimson article.
Older material added recently:
- 1 March 2018 Yale Daily News article "Mixed feelings on lack of ROTC course credit". Note: "Yale College still does not offer credit for almost all ROTC courses. According to Commander of Yale’s Air Force ROTC unit Colonel Tom McCarthy, first-year and sophomore air force cadets spend about two and a half hours of their week in academic courses, including a leadership lab, as well as two hours in physical fitness programs. Juniors and seniors spend another three hours in academic courses, meaning they spend at least seven and a half hours on ROTC each week. Like Yale College courses, Air Force ROTC courses assign readings and papers and administer quizzes and finals in addition to the actual course time.
Navy ROTC has a similar schedule... But Yale College students receive credit only for history professor Paul Kennedy’s course —Military History of the West since 1500, which is open to all undergraduates — during their sophomore year... Air Force Cadet John Slife ’19 said his Air Force ROTC courses, which are not necessarily the same in content or structure as Navy ROTC courses, are more difficult and time consuming than many of his Yale College courses."
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