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Georgia Regents University To Lose ROTC Program

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Georgia Regents University (GRU) has been notified by the U.S. Army that it is one of the schools and universities across the country that will lose its Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) program as the U.S. Army reduces reduces the number of programs.

Read the text of a statement from GRU below:

The United States Army recently announced plans to reduce the number of Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) programs at universities across the nation. The ROTC program at Georgia Regents University has received notice that it will be closed effective at the end of academic year 2014/2015. As a result of this notice we have contacted both Georgia State Senator offices to learn more about this decision and strategy to close this important program and have begun work on a plan to ensure a smooth transition for the Cadets.

A memo to members of Congress dated October 1, 2013 from the Department of Army, states that "The Army recently completed a review of U.S. Army Cadet Command and its Reserve Officers' Training Corps and found the realignment of some programs is necessary to ensure the best management of constrained resources while still allowing the development of quality officers across the program…Detailed review of all 273 Army ROTC programs revealed 13 programs that did not meet viability standards."

According to Thomas Lamont, Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Army, the decision to close GRU's ROTC program is not a reflection on the quality of the university's Department of Military Science or its cadets. The Army arrived at this conclusion after reviewing how best to manage resources of the U.S. Army Cadet Command.

Cadets in their final two years of ROTC training at GRU will be able to complete their education at the university and be commissioned into the U.S. Army. However, the cadets who are in their initial two years of training will have the opportunity to either transfer to another ROTC program or remain at GRU as a student.

The Reserve Officers Training Corps cadre (Jaguar Battalion) and Cadets of Georgia Regents University were recognized this past year for their excellence in leadership in the nation among universities when they were named Battalion of the Year at the annual U.S. Army Cadet Command 6th Brigade Headquarters.

Although the university's ROTC program is scheduled to end May 2015, GRU will continue train Cadets to a high quality standard within our Army and foster ties with the military community as well as support the ongoing education needs of America's military service members, veterans, and spouses.

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