ROTC Returns to Yale University After 40 Years

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For the first time in four decades, Yale University will allow the ROTC back on its campus.

University officials changed its policy of banning the military organization after the U.S. Congress voted to allow gays to openly serve in the military.

The ROTC unit at Yale will be the Navy's only ROTC unit in Connecticut.

"The renewal of a formal relationship with Yale will serve to bring dozens of new and talented officers who will carry on Yale's tradition of service into the Navy and Marine Corps each year," Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said. "The presence of NROTC will enrich and strengthen both the military and the educational experience of all students."

Many prominent universities banned the ROTC program during the 1970s amid anti-war sentiment during the Vietnam War.

Harvard agreed to bring back the program in March. Columbia University said Wednesday it would sign an agreement allowing the ROTC back onto campus.

Since then a handful of Yale students have taken part in the ROTC program by attending training at other colleges.

Yale officials also said they hope to enhance their affiliation with Air Force ROTC.

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