Alexander: Army Agrees to Two-Year Delay in Closure of Tennessee College ROTC Programs

Posted on November 6, 2013

Gives credit to Congressmen Roe, Black and Fincher and Senator Corker for “major victory for students” at ETSU, Tennessee Tech and UT Martin

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“These programs have produced some of our nation’s outstanding military leaders.” – Lamar Alexander 

WASHINGTON, Nov. 6 – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today announced that the U.S. Army had agreed to delay for two years the closure of Reserve Officers’ Training Corps programs at East Tennessee State University, Tennessee Technology University and University of Tennessee Martin, allowing them time to improve the programs to meet the Army’s current needs.

“These programs have produced some of our nation’s outstanding military leaders,” Alexander said. “This is a major victory for students at these Tennessee schools, and I thank Congressmen Roe, Black and Fincher and Senator Corker for their leadership.”

On Oct. 1, the Army announced that over the course of two years it would close 13 ROTC programs nationwide, including those at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, the University of Tennessee campus in Martin and Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville. The Army has agreed to delay those closures for two years and review its plans.

 

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