ROTC program at Morehead State will close in 2015

By: Laura Beranek Email
By: Laura Beranek Email

MOREHEAD, Ky. (WYMT) One big selling point for students at Morehead State is the Reserve Officer's Training Corps, or the ROTC.

"We've had a lot of success, and the leaders that we are producing for the Army are high quality leaders," said LTC Robert Mason.

The ROTC program began at Morehead State in the 1970's.

Officials learned about two weeks ago that this program will soon come to an end.

The US Army analyzed school's resources to cut thirteen programs in the country.

"Given the foundation that we have built over the last four years I think the announcement is surprising," said Mason, "but it's one that at least on the Army side we're going to support and move forward. We'll do what we can to support the Army and the cadets here."

Junior and Senior cadets will be able to graduate from the program, but after 2015, Morehead State's ROTC will no longer exist. That means the younger cadets have some big decisions to make.

The underclassmen will have to transfer universities if they choose to remain in an ROTC program.

MSU officials say they will guide and support the cadets, whichever decision they make.

Over 100 cadets are involved in their ROTC program, both at Morehead State and the University of Pikeville.


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