UT Martin's ROTC program slated to close in 2015

UT Martin's ROTC program slated to close in 2015

MARTIN, TN (KFVS) - The Reserve Officers' Training Corps program at UT Martin is among 13 in the nation scheduled to close in 2015.

Dr. Tom Rakes, UT Martin chancellor, received a call Wednesday from the U.S. Army notifying the university of the closure.

According to UT Martin, the notification came without warning or consultation with university officials.

"We are disappointed to learn of the plans to discontinue Army ROTC at UT Martin,"Rakes said. "We serve a high number of capable, underrepresented students, and by discontinuing the ROTC program, our community and region will fall victim to budget cuts and decreasing opportunities for our young people."

An ROTC unit was first established at the university in 1952, followed by the start of a four-year ROTC program in 1964.

Since the program's beginnings, 651 cadets have been commissioned as second lieutenants in the regular Army, the U.S. Army Reserve and the Tennessee Army National Guard.

If the closure plan proceeds, remaining ROTC students would be commissioned as part of the 2014-15 graduating class, according to the university.

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