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Fri October 4, 2013
NMU facing closure of ROTC program
MARQUETTE, MI-- Officials at Northern Michigan University are fighting efforts to cut the school’s ROTC program.
The Army notified the university that it’s one of 13 being eliminated at the end of the school year because of financial constraints. The letter stated, “This action is not a reflection of either the quality of your program or the outstanding cadets you have produced.”
Four hundred students have graduated from NMU’s Army Reserve Officer Training Corps program over its 44-year history. The school currently has 65 cadets, ten of whom are projected to be commissioned this year and another 14 next year.
Northern President David Haynes says the university will explore every opportunity to fight the closure. He says those in the area hoping to serve the Army after they complete their degrees are being punished. Haynes says he wants a clear explanation of the methodology used to decide which programs should close, and especially why so many rural institutions are on the list.