U.S. Congressman John Barrow (GA-12) released the following statement after working with the U.S. Army on alternatives to closing the ROTC Program at the Georgia Regents University (GRU). The Army announced today that it would postpone the closure of the program, and place Georgia Regents on a two-year probationary status, after which they would re-evaluate the closure.
"The ROTC program at GRU was named the best program in the country, so shutting it down just doesn't make any sense," said Congressman Barrow. "Working together, we were able to preserve this program and give them time show the Army why the GRU ROTC program is the last program that should be eliminated, not the first. I'm very pleased with the Army's decision and even more excited for the students who will now be able to attend GRU on ROTC scholarships. The entire community deserves thanks for speaking out to save this program, and I look forward to working with them to see that it stays."
In October, Congressman Barrow joined a bipartisan group of House members in a letter to U.S. Army Secretary John McHugh in asking for reasons for the program's closure. The text of the letter is available by clicking here.