The University of North Carolina Wilmington did have an Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program at one time, but it has been more than 10 years ago, college spokeswoman Dana Fischetti says.
“At that time, there was not sufficient enrollment to sustain the program on our campus,” she said.
“At this time, UNCW has chosen to focus its limited resources on building and strengthening relationships and programs with the U.S. Marine Corps and Navy through partnerships with Camp Lejeune and New River Air Station,” Fischetti says.
That includes programs and services on site in Onslow County and programs and services for active duty and retired military personnel and their dependants on UNCW’s main campus in Wilmington, she says.
There’s an anticipated influx of thousands of college-bound soldiers coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan in the coming years, a fact that UNCW administrators are well aware of.
“UNCW is working to build the critical infrastructure necessary to be a major partner in meeting their educational needs and assisting them as they transition into North Carolina’s workforce,” Fischetti says.
For more information about ROTC, go to www.rotc.com
“UNCW had an Army ROTC program on campus from 1984 to 1991, when the U.S. Army decided to discontinue the program due to lack of interest,” Fischetti says.
” In 2008, the Army approached UNCW for discussions about bringing the program back to campus. However, when the Army made a site visit to campus, their conclusion was that UNCW had significant facility constraints to meet existing space requirements, and had in fact been forced to move several key campus departments and services off campus. It was agreed that facilities were not feasible at the current time to reinstate an Army ROTC program.”
Date posted: May 26, 2010
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