The Reserve Officers’ Training Corps might not be officially back at Yale, but they were certainly back at the Extracurricular Bazaar and Academic Fair in Payne Whitney Gymnasium Thursday afternoon.
Two tables — run by the University of New Haven Army ROTC and the US Air Force ROTC — pitched the ROTC to prefrosh at the invitation of Associate Dean of Yale College William Whobrey, according to Major James Hamma. Hamma said he thought his group was invited because university administration is in talks to bring back ROTC to campus.
University administrators have been considering the reintroduction of the ROTC since President Barack Obama signed the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell” — the military’s policy banning gays and lesbians from serving openly — on Dec. 22.
Still, Hamma said three Yalies already travel up to Storrs, Conn. to participate in his US Air Force ROTC unit. Major Glenn Colby, of the UNH Army ROTC, declined to comment and Whobrey could not be immediately reached.
ROTC has been banned from Yale’s campus since 1969.