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ETSU Army ROTC slated to close

Staff report • Oct 4, 2013 at 8:44 AM

East Tennessee State University's Army ROTC program is one of 13 scheduled for closure, according to a news release from the Army.

According to an Army news release, the closures will be complete by the end of the 2014-15 academic year.

Below is part of the news release:

"The decision to close the 13 ROTC programs is not a reflection on the quality of those academic institutions or the outstanding officers produced at those schools," said Karl F. Schneider, acting assistant secretary of the Army for Manpower and Reserve Affairs. "These closures are necessary changes that allow for more efficient use of available resources within the command, while maintaining a presence in all 50 states. The Army will continue to be good stewards of its resources through prudent transformation of the institutional Army."

Total enrollment and the number of lieutenants commissioned annually were some of the key variables considered in the comprehensive review. In addition, shifting demographics across the country required a review of where the Army recruits and develops its future leaders.The ROTC programs selected for closure are:University of South Dakota Northern Michigan UniversityNorth Dakota State University University of Wisconsin--La CrosseArkansas State University University of Tennessee at MartinUniversity of North Alabama Georgia Regents (Augusta State) UniversityUniversity of Southern Mississippi East Tennessee State UniversityMorehead State University Tennessee Technological UniversityUniversity of California--Santa Barbara Full assistance will be provided to cadets, cadre, and staff currently enrolled in these ROTC programs. Cadet Command will render the maximum assistance possible to those Cadets currently participating in the Army ROTC programs at the schools slated for closure.

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