LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) – After more than 40 years on the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse campus, the Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps Program, known as ROTC, will be phased out.
The program will officially end in September 2015.
That forces sophomores and freshman to transfer schools to complete their training, including MS2 Cadet Joseph Jordan.
"We've always had the idea of serving your country should be a priority," Jordan said.
Ever since the second grade, Jordan wanted to join the Army, following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather.
So it was a shock when he heard UW-L's ROTC program was ending.
"It kinda seems unreal at this time, like it's not actually gonna happen," Jordan said. "(Because) you get to the point your second year, where you kinda get comfortable with the university… I have to find a new spot to call home."
The Viterbo University sophomore plans to continue his military education. He's working on applying to and transferring schools come December.
He hopes he'll be pre-admitted into a nursing program. Or he'll have to take an extra semester to apply to one.
"I wanted to mainly be put in the (emergency room)," Jordan said. "Become an ER nurse, see different people, save lives, if possible."
"It hurts, you know, because you put a lot of time into something and you know that (the cadets) are making great progress and that they'll make good officers," said LTC James Hill, a military science professor.
Hill said he's helping cadets, like Jordan, transfer programs.
"You got to take it one step at a time," Jordan said. "What do you have to do next to be successful in the end?"
UW-L's ROTC is one of 13 programs across the country that is ending as the army reconsiders its priorities to make the best use of its resources.
UW-L, Viterbo University, St. Mary's University and Winona State University are all part of the program.
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