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Loyalty Oaths Should All Be Like Harvard's, Navy Asserts

Referring to NSA Resolution, Personnel Bureau Says It Has Heard of No Variations


All loyalty oaths for college Naval ROTC students should be administered as Harvard's the Bureau of Naval Personnel so informed the CRIMSON yesterday. "All oaths ought to be the same, and if they are not, they should be," the Navy said.

In addition, Lt. Comm J. Haley, aide to the chief of naval personnel said he did not believe any changes in the current form of the oath are forthcoming.

During Christmas vacation, the National Student Association's executive committee charged that all NROTC loyalty oaths are not similar to Harvard's and demanded, in a resolution drawn up by Frederick D. Houghteling '50, that "the oath in the form it is now administered at Harvard. . . be revised and restricted to the proper needs of national security."

No Evidence of Variations

The Navy said yesterday that every college oath should be the same and include the so-called "informer" clause. "If any college is not administering the complete oath, it is not doing what it is supposed to be doing," the personnel department on any differences from college to college but would be interested getting information on the subject ject.

But last night Houghtcling reiterated the NSA's assertion that at least the University of North Carolina's oath lacks the "informer clause" and that NROTC students at the University of Louisville were never given an oath to sign.

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