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I was deprived of a ROTC scholarship as a result.

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Submitted by Mark Douglass (United States), Apr 16, 2019 at 14:49

In the spring of 1969, I was admitted to Harvard and I was awarded a full Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) scholarship. This meant that I would be able to achieve my dream of a Harvard degree. Three weeks later, I was informed that the radicals had succeeded in ousting military education from Harvard's curriculum. My ROTC scholarship was still valid, but not at Harvard. This was a bitter pill to swallow. Since I did not qualify for financial aid, I deferred my admission on year, now called a gap year. Ultimately, I took seven years to get my B.A. taking additional gap years too earn more money to return too Cambridge. But, I remained a conservative, quite a rare bird at Harvard. Quite a rare bird among Harvard graduates.

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