ROTC programs with fewer officers face cutbacks

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Associated Press

Posted on February 24, 2014 at 3:32 PM

HOUSTON (AP) — Nearly a third of Reserve Officers Training Corps units at Texas colleges are no longer producing enough officers and are facing federal scrutiny that could lead to cutbacks.

The Houston Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/1hpXNoK ) eight of the state's 22 units are among the 237 nationwide being reviewed by the Government Accountability Office. Congress dissolved 13 units last year in 10 states. Nine of them fell under the threshold of producing at least 15 officers to make the programs cost-effective.

Training costs spike to up to $95,000 per person in units that annually produce fewer than 15 officers, compared to a $42,000 cost for larger units.

ROTC was created almost a century ago and has helped broaden the military's officer ranks with more minorities and those from blue-collar backgrounds.

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Information from: Houston Chronicle, http://www.houstonchronicle.com

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