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JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL) -

On the same day East Tennessee State University announced the Army was closing its ROTC program, Tennessee's Congressional Delegation sent a letter to the Secretary of the U.S. Army telling him the decision to close three ROTC programs in Tennessee needs to be reversed.

In the letter dated October 4th, Senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker (R-TN) along with Congressman Phil Roe (TN-First District) and two other Congressmen asked Secretary John McHugh for specifics about the Army's decision.

"It is our understanding that the Army is proposing to close 3 of the 20 ROTC programs in Tennessee, which will impact students at the University of Tennessee at Martin, Tennessee Tech University, and East Tennessee State University," the letter stated. "All three institutions have contacted our offices and would like to continue their ROTC programs.

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The letter also asked for a prompt response in regards to a request made by these members of Congress.

The delegation is asking the Secretary of the U.S. Army for the number of students impacted at each university, the process used to evaluate the ROTC programs recommended for closure, any specific criteria used in the evaluation and the annual cost of maintaining the ROTC program at each university.

A spokesperson for Congressman Roe says the members of the districts impacted by the Army's decision will meet today to discuss the situation.

The Army said last week some of the key factors in the decision to close several ROTC programs nationwide were the number of lieutenants commissioned annually, enrollment and shifting demographics. 


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