President’s Review

View Slideshow 29 Photos

Yale’s Navy and Air Force ROTC programs were re-established on campus in the fall of 2012 after a four-decade-long hiatus that began during the turbulent Vietnam War era. Today, there are 41 midshipmen (all of the students in the NROTC detachment are from Yale) and 34 cadets (13 are Yale students and the others come from neighboring Connecticut colleges who are trained in the university’s ROTC program). “There is long military tradition of the troops being presented to the commanding officer, or to special guests or reviewing officers,” explains Captain Vernon P. Kemper, the commanding officer of Yale’s NROTC. “It’s a way to show off the battalion to the reviewing officer.” Yale President Peter Salovey served as the “reviewing officer” at the public event held at the John J. Lee Amphitheater on April 30, inspecting the officers-in-training as a commanding officer would do in a traditional military review. The midshipmen and cadets, in turn, saluted the President.