After 40-Year Standoff, Harvard Makes Peace With Naval ROTC

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As gay and lesbian advocates nationwide celebrate the end of “don’t ask, don’t tell,” another celebration is taking place today at Harvard University: The school is formally recognizing Naval ROTC for the first time in four decades.

This afternoon, in a ceremony freighted with symbolism and timed to coincide with the repeal of the law, Harvard President Drew Faust will dedicate a new office space on campus for the group.

Harvard will also offer Naval ROTC officials access to its athletic facilities and libraries, and it will fund some supplemental activities that its cadets participate in at other schools.

College and military officials both hailed the new agreement, first announced in March, as a historic moment in the university’s long relationship with the armed forces.

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