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Matthew Hill releases statement about ROTC closure

Published On: Oct 03 2013 04:48:09 PM CDT

Tennessee State Representative Matthew Hill released the following statement concerning the closure of the ROTC program at ETSU:

"The decision to shut down the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program at East Tennessee State University is wrong, plain and simple. Our region has a long and storied tradition of supporting this initiative for our young people, and to simply do away with the ROTC program is ill-conceived and irresponsible.

The long-term effects of such a cut would be far reaching for our community, displacing not only the dozens of students currently enrolled, but also completely ignoring the time, energy, and money each family has spent supporting their child in the ROTC program itself. There is absolutely no valid reason for this decision as enrollment in the ROTC program is the strongest it has been in 25 years at ETSU.

After talking personally with Congressman Roe, I support him in this fight one-hundred percent and we will not rest until our students and their families are taken care of and this issue is resolved once and for all.

As ETSU President Dr. Brian Noland stated earlier today, this decision is truly an injustice to our students and to the brave men and women who have championed this program since its founding in 1952."