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USM to appeal Army's decision to close it's ROTC program

HATTIESBURG, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Officials at The University of Southern Mississippi have initiated steps to appeal a decision by the U.S. Army to close the university's Reserve Officer Training Corp (ROTC) program.

Thirteen universities, including the University of Southern Mississippi, received notice on Thursday that their programs would close or realign by the end of the 2014-2015 school year.

The Southern Miss ROTC program dates back to 1951. The program is the only one among six programs in Mississippi that are slated to close.

In a press release from the university, the Southern Miss President Rodney Bennett said the university will use all channels available to remove Southern Miss from the closure list.

"We intend to participate in any appeals process that may be available to us," said Bennett. "We are disappointed with this decision because we know our Army ROTC students to be bright, engaged, and patriotic citizens. The University's ROTC program has a long history of demonstrating excellence while producing military leaders for our country, including 16 general officers from our 1,555 graduates."

Army officials indicated, in the letter to Southern Miss, that the action was not a reflection of the university's program, but simply a way to reduce resources.

Other universities that received the letter are:


  • Arkansas State University
  • University of South Dakota
  • Northern Michigan University
  • North Dakota State University
  • University of Wisconson-La Crosse
  • University of Tennessee-Martin
  • University of North Alabama
  • Georgia Regents (Augusta State) University
  • East Tennessee State University
  • Morehead State University
  • Tennessee Technological University
  • University of California-Santa Barbara

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