Yale president Richard Levin today announced the return of ROTC to Yale. He and the other members of the Yale Corporation, Yale’s board of trustees, deserve praise for bridging the troubling chasm between the academy and the military. By underscoring that defense of our liberties is an important form of public service, the trustees have exercised their fiduciary responsible to improve student life and learning. Now the trustees must work with faculty to ensure that ROTC students are enrolled in an excellent academic program. Importantly, it looks like the ROTC program will grant academic rank to ROTC instructors and ensure Yale provides necessary facilities for ROTC. Yale joins institutions such as Harvard and Columbia in restoring ROTC.