By Mike Johnson, U.S. Army Cadet CommandMarch 21, 2012
FORT KNOX, Ky. -- The United States Army announced today that it has signed an agreement with Harvard University to re-establish a formal on-campus relationship with the Army Senior Reserve Officers' Training Corps, or ROTC.
"The Army welcomes the opportunity to expand its presence on the Harvard campus," said Maj. Gen. Mark McDonald, commander, U.S. Army Cadet Command. "ROTC provides officers to the Army from a diverse mix of over 1,000 colleges and universities. Students commissioned from Harvard have long enriched our officer corps."
Under the agreement, the Army's professor of military science at Massachusetts Institute of Technology will conduct office hours and provide on-site mentoring to cadets at the Harvard campus. The university will resume direct financial responsibility for the costs of its students' participation in the program and it will provide the Army with office space and access to classrooms and athletic fields.
"This is a welcome step in the long and distinguished history of military service by members of the Harvard community," said Harvard President Drew Faust. "At Harvard, military service is rightly regarded as public service, and I am pleased that we can now broaden access for our students to the leadership and learning opportunities that Army ROTC training provides."
Harvard Army ROTC - established in 1916 - is one of the nation's oldest ROTC programs. Since 1976, Harvard students have participated in ROTC programs through a military consortium involving several area colleges and hosted nearby at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Currently, there are 19 Harvard students participating in ROTC, including seven Army cadets. Under the new agreement, Harvard Army cadets will continue to participate in Army SROTC through the highly regarded Paul Revere Battalion at MIT as the Army has determined that maintaining the consortium is best for the efficiency of the battalion.
"I look forward to working on the campus at Harvard, and I am gratified by the welcome that we have received from the administration and the student body," said Lt. Col. Timothy Hall, professor of military science at MIT. "The Paul Revere ROTC Battalion is one of the best in the Army right now, and expanding at Harvard will make it even better."
A ceremony marking the new agreement is planned for when the Army SROTC moves into office space in the Student Organization Center at Hilles later this academic year.