U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell received word today that the United States Army has agreed to allow the Morehead State University's ROTC program to stay open for two years to allow them to improve their officer production rates. This is a reversal of the Army's previous decision to close the program.
In late August, Senator McConnell was contacted by Morehead State University President Wayne Andrews asking for his assistance in helping keep the ROTC program open at the university. Senator McConnell contacted the United States Army, on behalf of MSU and urged the Army to reconsider its plan to close the university's ROTC program.
In a letter to the Army, Senator McConnell expressed concerns raised by MSU regarding reports the Army may be considering closing their ROTC program. McConnell also recognized the achievements of the MSU cadets and the program's importance to the community. The MSU cadets were ranked first in 2011 in the Army Cadet Command's national Order of Merit list. McConnell also said that the graduating class is scheduled to be MSU's largest commissioning class since 1985, and MSU anticipates continued program growth in the coming years.
"Morehead State University's ROTC program has a rich history on campus and is strongly supported by the university and local community," Senator McConnell said. "Today's announcement is outstanding news for the university, the cadets and their supporters. I appreciate the Army listening to our concerns and allowing this program to remain active so the students can continue to serve the university and their country."