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GRU's ROTC program to remain open

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The ROTC program at Georgia Regents University will remain open for now. 

The Army announced Wednesday that it would postpone the closure of the program and place GRU on a two-year probationary status, according to a press release from Congressman John Barrow's office.

The ROTC program at GRU was one of 13 programs set to close in 2015 due to low enrollment numbers and low numbers of lieutenants commissioned each year, the Army announced in October.

After the announcement, Barrow and a bipartisan group of House members wrote a letter to U.S. Army Secretary John McHugh asking it to reconsider.

"The ROTC program at GRU was named the best program in the country, so shutting it down just doesn't make any sense," Barrow said. "Working together, we were able to preserve this program and give them time to 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."

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