Air Force ROTC To Return To Yale

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – Yale University has agreed to welcome the Air Force ROTC back to its campus.

The announcement follows the decision in May to bring back Naval ROTC after a decades-long absence of the officer training programs from the Ivy League campus.

The Air Force and Navy units are both expected to open at Yale in the fall of 2012.

The latest agreement was signed Monday by U.S. Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley and university President Richard Levin. Cadets from Yale and other Connecticut universities will train at the New Haven campus.

The ROTC left prominent universities amid anti-Vietnam War sentiment. Colleges more recently kept it off campus because of the military’s policy on gays, which the colleges considered discriminatory. Congress repealed the so-called “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy in December.

     (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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