Tenn. ROTC programs in period of review by Army

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UPDATE:

MARTIN, Tenn - ROTC programs that were previously scheduled to close by the Army will now enter into a period of review.

The Army will reasses all student ROTC programs and "develop a formal 24-month probationary program" for schools that do not meet the preliminary requirements.

Programs that do not meet the performance goals or fail to improve will receive a "one year's notice of intent to close". 

Dr. Tom Rakes, UT Martin university chancellor said, "we will work hard to meet the Army's criteria for keeping the program open."

Since the ROTC program's opening at the university in 1964, 651 cadets have been commissioned as second lieutenants in the regular Army, the U.S. Army Reserve and the Tennessee Army National Guard.

Original Story: 

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Army has decided to postpone the closure of Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) programs in Tennessee.

Senator, Bob Corker, applauded the decision. One of the programs scheduled to close included the program at University of Tennessee at Martin.

October 1st, the Army had announced the ROTC programs at 13 universities nationwide would close. Three of these programs scheduled to close are in Tennessee.

Tennessee Congressmen have worked closely with Army leadership to more fully understand the decision.

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