Cramer Announces Reversal of Army Decision to Close ROTC Program at NDSU
FARGO, N.D. – Today Congressman Kevin Cramer announced the U.S. Army is reversing its closure decision for the Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) program at North Dakota State University.
On October 2, the U.S. Army announced it would begin closing 13 ROTC programs over two years concluding at the end of the 2014-2015 academic year. Congressman Cramer responded by urging Army Secretary John McHugh to reconsider the value of ROTC programs to communities, students, and the Army, and requested answers on the process leading to the closure decision. Today the Army instead decided to keep NDSU’s ROTC program open in a two-year probationary period.
“Instead of rushing to close a program which provides immense value to our students and the Fargo community, the Army is making the right call by keeping it open,” said Cramer. “I am pleased the Army has recognized NDSU’s ROTC is one of the best programs of its kind in the nation. They can look to the achievements of its students and graduates for further proof of its contribution to our armed services.”
Cramer informed North Dakota State University President Dean Bresciani of the Army’s decision to continue the program this afternoon. The ROTC at NDSU has a combined enrollment of 72 students through NDSU, Concordia College and Minnesota State University Moorhead.