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Congressman Stephen Fincher

Representing the 8th District of TENNESSEE

UT Martin’s ROTC Program to Remain Open

Nov 7, 2013
Press Release


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                       Contact: Elizabeth Lauten
Thursday, November 7, 2013                                             Phone: (202) 225-4714

UT Martin's ROTC Program to Remain Open
"I'm confident the UTM program will continue to produce quality officers for our military for years to come"

Jackson, Tenn. – Congressman Stephen Fincher (R-Frog Jump) today announced that the U.S. Army has agreed to postpone closure of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program at the University of Tennessee Martin. The Army will review its plans to reorganize the ROTC program in two years.

“For generations, the ROTC program at the University of Tennessee Martin has created invaluable opportunity for West Tennessee’s young men and women to serve our country while getting their education,” said Congressman Fincher. “ROTC programs across the country are breeding grounds for talented military officers and our nation’s finest leaders, UTM is no exception.”

“I’m pleased the Army decided to reevaluate their decision, and I'm confident the UTM program will continue to produce quality officers for our military for years to come. The entire West Tennessee community, as well as my Senate and House colleagues, deserve thanks for speaking out to save this vital program.”

On Oct. 1, the U.S. Army announced that over the next two years it would close 13 ROTC programs across the country, including programs at the University of Tennessee campus in Martin, East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, and Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville.  Working alongside Senators Alexander and Corker, as well as Congressmen Black and Roe, Congressman Fincher fought to reverse the U.S. Army’s decision.