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UW-La Crosse losing ROTC with Army restructuring

By: AP, Sarah Moon Email
By: AP, Sarah Moon Email

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WEAU) -- An area university is losing its ROTC program, because of resource reductions from the U.S. Army.

UW-La Crosse’s ROTC Eagle Battalion is one of 13 nationwide slated to close.

The ROTC program has been part of UW-L since 1972.

Chancellor Joe Gow said it’s hard to imagine his school without it.

“ROTC has been a real fixture on our campus, we’re proud of the program. This was quite shocking to get a phone call saying it’s going to end. We had no advanced warning that it was ever even being considered,” said Gow.

There are 65 students from UW-L, Viterbo, St. Mary’s and Winona State who participate in the ROTC program.

Viterbo University President Dr. Rick Artman participated in the ROTC for the University of Miami.

“It was one of the most formative leadership experiences that I had in preparing me for my future,” said Artman.

He says it’s disappointing, because he wasn’t aware this was being considered.

He also said it provides good opportunities for students.

“We had heard from the Army that Viterbo had graduated some of the largest numbers in the entire United States went into the Army Nurse Corps,” said

The program is set to stop at the end of the 2014-2015 school year.

Juniors and seniors will be able to finish.

However, freshmen and sophomores who want to stay in ROTC will have to transfer.

“I think, you know they were planning to be at UW-L, and get there degree here, and so we think that’s very unfortunate that they can’t do that,” said Gow.

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) --The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse says its ROTC program is among 13 that are closing nationwide.

The La Crosse Tribune reports the university received a letter from an Army official saying the programs were being shut as a result of "a reduction in resources."

The La Crosse program serves more than 50 students at schools in Wisconsin and Minnesota. The affected universities are UW-La Crosse, Viterbo University, Winona State University and Saint Mary's University of Minnesota.

UW-La Crosse Chancellor Joe Gow says the program brought a lot of honor and pride to the campus.


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