UW-La Crosse losing ROTC with Army restructuring
- Associated Press
- October 4, 2013 - 11:00 AM
LA CROSSE, Wis. — The ROTC program at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse is among 13 being closed nationwide as a result of Army restructuring, university officials said this week.
The university received a letter from a top Army official saying the programs were being shut as a result of "a reduction in resources," the La Crosse Tribune reported (http://bit.ly/GCuuTh ) Friday. The letter from Thomas Lamont, assistant secretary of the Army, said it evaluated ROTC programs for efficiency, production and the "Army's academic discipline needs" before deciding which ones to close.
UW-La Crosse Chancellor Joe Gow said he hopes area lawmakers will ask the Army to reconsider.
"It really brought a lot of pride and honor to our campus," Gow said. "And I think we won't be the same without it."
ROTC trains students as military officers while paying for their college education.
The La Crosse program serves more than 50 students at schools in Wisconsin and Minnesota. It includes UW-La Crosse, Viterbo University, Winona State University and Saint Mary's University of Minnesota. UW-La Crosse and Viterbo University leaders also suggested the Army take another look given the number of campuses the program serves.
Viterbo President Rick Artman noted in a letter to college staff that the ROTC program sends many graduates into the Army Nurse Corps, enhancing the reputation of the university's nursing program.
Juniors and seniors will be able to finish the program before its scheduled shutdown at the end of the 2014-15 school year. Freshmen and sophomores will either have to give up ROTC or transfer to other schools.
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