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Kind questions Army's closing of UWL ROTC program


WASHINGTON (WXOW) - Congressman Ron Kind says he's looking for answers in the wake of the Army's decision to shut down the ROTC program on the UW-La Crosse campus.

Last Thursday, the Army notified the university that the Reserve Officers Training Corps program following the 2014-15 academic year.

Chancellor Joe Gow commented that the UW-L program, operating for more than 40 years, is one of 13 programs being phased out by the Army.

In a letter to the university from the Assistant Secretary of the Army reads, in part, "The Army arrived at this difficult decision after careful consideration of how best to accomplish its mission with a reduction of resources."

Congressman Kind released his statement over the weekend that he's troubled by the announcement. In his statement he said, "I strongly support the efforts of young people who seek acareer with our military while still attending college.  My colleagues and I are sending a letter tothe Secretary of the U.S. Army to push for answers about the process that ledto this decision. I hope to work with UW-La Crosse to assist with their effortsto save the program."

The university's ROTC program, besides serving student from UW-L, also has members from Viterbo, St. Mary's, and Winona State University.

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