Ivy League university revives Navy ROTC program

Sterling Beard
Director of Journalism Training

  • Princeton ended Navy ROTC program in 1971.
  • Revived program comes as part of a crosstown agreement with Rutgers University.
  • Princeton University will bring the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) back to its campus later this year.

    The NROTC program was active at Princeton from 1945 until it was ended during the Vietnam War. When the program is offered this fall, it will be the first time the university has had a Navy ROTC in over forty years.

    Princeton President Christopher L. Eisgruber said he had heard from alumni how important the program was in their lives and was “glad that this generation of students will have access to the kinds of training that the program provides and to the kinds of leadership positions for which it will prepare them.”

    The revived program is an agreement between Princeton, Rutgers University, and the Navy, according to a news release posted online by Princeton. An Air Force ROTC program exists between Princeton and Rutgers under a similar agreement, and the Ivy League school has had an Army ROTC program since 1919.





    Sterling Beard

    Sterling Beard

    Director of Journalism Training
    Sterling Beard is Campus Reform's Director of Journalism Training. Prior to joining Campus Reform, he spent time as an editorial associate for National Review Online and as a staff writer at The Hill, where he served as the Intercollegiate Studies Institute's Lyn Nofziger Fellow and regularly appeared across the country on Fox News Radio to provide analysis of current events. In 2017, Sterling was named to The Chronicle of Higher Education's Influence List, one of nine people who "affected federal policy, campus culture, and the national conversation about education in 2017 — and who are likely to remain influential in the year ahead."
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