(WBIR) The Army announced it's closing more than a dozen ROTC programs over a two-year period at colleges across the country, including three universities in Tennessee.
East Tennessee State University, Tennessee Technological University, and University of Tennessee Martin are among the 13 colleges that will close their ROTC programs. Tennessee has the most ROTC programs impacted of any state.
"The decision to close the 13 ROTC programs is not a reflection on the quality of those academic institutions or the outstanding officers produced at those schools," Karl F. Schneider, acting assistant secretary of the Army for Manpower and Reserve Affairs, said in a release Friday. "These closures are necessary changes that allow for more efficient use of available resources within the command, while maintaining a presence in all 50 states. The Army will continue to be good stewards of its resources through prudent transformation of the institutional Army."
The Army said total enrollment and the number of lieutenants commissioned annually were some of the key components considered in the comprehensive review.