Harvard University and the US military were both founded on the values of serving and leading others. 

Are you a military veteran or active duty military member? Or are you a Harvard Alumni seeking ways to build relationship with the military and veteran community? We invite you to join our community!  Harvard has a centuries old military tradition.  Over 1,000 Harvard men and women have given their lives in service to their country, and 18 Medal of Honor recipients have attended Harvard University. This "long crimson line" continues today with the Harvard ROTC programs as well as the student and faculty veteran and military members across all of Harvard's schools.   

Please take a chance to read more about our organization and activies, and then sign up for a free membership or contact us with any questions. 

"Enter to grow in wisdom, depart to serve better thy country and thy kind"

–  inscription on Dexter Gate, Harvard Yard 

Harvard ROTC Commissioning Ceremony

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On May 23, 2018, President Drew Faust and former Secretary of Defense Ash Carter honored Harvard's newest military officers by attending their commissioning ceremony. Second Lieutenants Daniel Cord and Nathan Williams were commissioned in the Army, Ensigns and Phillip Ramirez were commissioned in the Navy, and Second Lieutenants Kevin Zhu and James Joyce ’18 were commissioned in the Marine Corps. Ensign Kirstin Anderson was commissioned in the Navy in a separate ceremony. Congratulations to the newest members of the Long Crimson Line! 

The Harvard Veterans Alumni Organization thanks President Faust for her staunch support of the ROTC programs during her tenure. In the past decade, President Drew Faust has honored 74 Harvard students as they took their oaths of office during Commencement week’s annual Reserve Officers’ Training Corps commissioning ceremony.

Harvard Veteran Joins Harvard Board of Overseers

Congratulations to Vice Admiral (retired) Philip Hart Cullom on his selection to the Harvard Board of Overseers. The Harvard Veterans Alumni Association is proud to have a Veteran serving on the governance board and looks forward to working with VADM (Ret.) Cullom and all members of the Board of Overseers to continue to advocate on behalf of Harvard Veterans.