Harvard welcomes back NROTC

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  1. basilrathbone

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    Harvard NROTC

    Thanks for the link to the return of NROTC to Harvard, Basil.

    I believe you are particularly qualified to discuss sea warfare as a result of your having been a pirate in Captain Blood. One wonders whether Caribbean cinematic naval history wold have been altered had you stabbed Errol Flynn instead of vice versa.
     
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    Does anyone know if this was just Navy? Or is it Army ROTC as well?

    There is an important lesson here. I suspect (actually, I KNOW) that some applicants ranked Harvard lower on the school choice list because there was not an ROTC unit on campus (requiring a commute in order to participate). That no longer appears to be the case. Stuff happens.
     
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    Every branch decides where the host college will be. I suspect it comes down to pure cadet/mids numbers at Harvard.

    If there are enough of them to warrant it they will move forward.

    I would also suspect Harvard has a huge voice in the decision too, since dets/bns need office space for ROTC, Harvard could say we don't have enough of it to give offices to all 3.

    Remember, with a cadre also comes AD support, which could be several people even for the smallest cadre; CoC, Instructors and at least a 1st shirt. That is a lot of room space.
     
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    Sounds like Harvard is taking a "if we build it, they will come" approach.
     
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    I wouldn't worry if you have Harvard (MIT) low on your school choice list. That is a Unit that never fills and is easy to switch into at the last minute. Even if Harvard is first choice I wouldn't suggest putting it in that order on a NROTC application, it should be near the bottom. If your kid gets into Harvard the NROTC school switch should happen quickly (hours rather than months).

    It will be interesting to see what kind of difference it will make to the NROTC experience there. Currently the travel to MIT shouldn't be much of a discouragement for those considering NROTC at Harvard since the schools are so close together and transportation is convenient and cheap. The change should ensure that Harvard mids receive course credit for Naval Science courses and a more integrated academic advising system.
     
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    Glad to know that my views on sea warfare are appreciated despite being delivered posthumously.
     
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    Agreed on all points. (Not that we don't already have highly educated people, clearly we do) Adm. Mullen said basically the same thing on his visit to Harvard a few months ago so I imagine the other branches will do the same.
     

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