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GRU ROTC Program Will Remain Open On Probationary Status

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U.S. Congressman John Barrow (GA-12) has released a statement after working with the U.S. Army on alternatives to closing the ROTC Program at the Georgia Regents University (GRU).

Read the text of the statement below:

The Army announced Wednesday that it would postpone the closure of the program, and place Georgia Regents on a two-year probationary status, after which they would re-evaluate the closure.

"The ROTC program at GRU was named the best program in the country, so shutting it down just doesn't make any sense," said Congressman Barrow. "Working together, we were able to preserve this program and give them time show the Army why the GRU ROTC program is the last program that should be eliminated, not the first. I'm very pleased with the Army's decision and even more excited for the students who will now be able to attend GRU on ROTC scholarships.  The entire community deserves thanks for speaking out to save this program, and I look forward to working with them to see that it stays."

In October, Congressman Barrow joined a bipartisan group of House members in a letter to U.S. Army Secretary John McHugh in asking for reasons for the program's closure.


Read the text of the letter by clicking here.

Read the text of a press release from Georgia Regents University below:

The United States Army recently announced its decision to postpone the closure of Georgia Regents University's Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) program, and place the university on a two-year probationary status, after which they would re-evaluate the closure.

"We are happy that this is the decision being taken. We are extremely grateful to our Congressman, Senators, and Governor who worked so hard on our behalf to save this program, one of the best in the country," said GRU President Ricardo Azziz. "With the information provided by the Army we can help craft an even better ROTC program at Georgia Regents University."

Lt. Col. William Cantrell, who has been the chair of GRU's Department of Military Science since 2011, said the Army's decision to keep GRU's ROTC program will have great benefits for the university and community.

"The Army's decision to hold off on closing our ROTC program is wonderful news for the university and for the cadets," said Cantrell. "So, as we move forward, it will take a corporate effort from the university administration, faculty, students, and community to support the program as we become stronger and continue thriving in the future."

U.S. Congressman John Barrow released the following statement after working with the U.S. Army on alternatives to closing the ROTC Program at GRU.

"The ROTC program at GRU was named the best program in the country, so shutting it down just doesn't make any sense," said Congressman Barrow. "Working together, we were able to preserve this program and give them time show the Army why the GRU ROTC program is the last program that should be eliminated, not the first. I'm very pleased with the Army's decision and even more excited for the students who will now be able to attend GRU on ROTC scholarships. The entire community deserves thanks for speaking out to save this program, and I look forward to working with them to see that it stays."

Over the past three years, the GRU program has commissioned 38 cadets into the military. The university's ROTC cadre (Jaguar Battalion) and Cadets 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.

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