While student protests made NROTC a casualty of war at war at many universities, Holy Cross midshipmen fought for their program’s survival.
One of the most challenging periods in the 90-year history of the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) program came during the later years of the Vietnam War and its aftermath. Many host colleges and universities nationwide terminated NROTC to express opposition to the war and the U.S. military. In New England, among the six unrestricted NROTC units (Harvard, Tufts, Yale, and Brown universities; Dartmouth College; and the College of the Holy Cross), only Holy Cross decided, after a lengthy review, to retain the program.*