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Why doesn’t UNCW have an ROTC program?

Ken Little

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.”

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7 Responses to “ Why doesn’t UNCW have an ROTC program?”

  1. On May 26, 2010 at 11:02 pm tom wrote:

    Here’s a question. Why would any educational institution not allow ROTC or JROTC?

    Both provide students that select them academic credits towards graduation and a sense of direction they obviously opted for by selecting the course. Both have a premise to promote citizenship for our country. JROTC students incur no military obligation. ROTC only incur that obligation if they contract to do that. It is that college student’s decision.

    Both organizations provide tremendous community service to their educational institutions, and are supported by federal funds.

    Why doesn’t UNCW offer this to their students, and why doesn’t Topsail High School?

    As for the High School, 30+ students have opted for the program for the fall 2010 semester. They may be denied the opportunity while they watch the other two High Schools in the county offer the same program?!?

    The Federal and State governments both provide substantial funding for these programs. The only clear answer is that neither institution wants the curriculum.

    Dana Fischetti’s quotes are evasive and dilute the fact that there will be considerable Federal funding for an ROTC class at UNCW.

  2. On May 28, 2010 at 10:24 pm . wrote:

    a little more than ten, it has been 20 years since they had a ROTC program

  3. On May 29, 2010 at 11:57 am Thoreau wrote:

    I agree, there should NOT be a ROTC program at UNCW. The student body is mainly composed of oceanography, biology and other alternative, nothing to do with the military, professions. The school struggles even to support a sports program.
    I think it was clearly written that for the past 10 years there has not been enough student interest in a ROTC program. Most enlisted friends I know joined the military for lack of other opportunities. UNCW students choose the school because its cheap, in a small town, and or close to the beach.
    If UNCW students had an interest in a military career they would have enlisted or chosen one of the other hundreds of schools with military programs. And just because there is free federal money to support the program it does not mean the school should take it. This community does enough federal and state mooching as it is.

  4. On May 30, 2010 at 12:31 am jim miller wrote:

    If UNCW did have ROTC, of the ROTC costs; approximately what percent would be born by UNCW, and what per cent by the Federal government?

    I thought the Federal government would carry most of the ROTC costs at UNCW?

  5. On October 26, 2010 at 10:00 am Sidekick wrote:

    In response to Mr. Thoreau it is interesting that he thinks that Oceanography and Biology would not be good fields for the military. I would think that the Navy would love those majors. The young people i see participating in ROTC programs to become military officers are some of the smartest and most accomplished students in their schools. They are there because they want to be not because they have no other options.

  6. On April 25, 2011 at 2:05 pm DKnight wrote:

    UNC Wilmington is nestled near a major center for the Marine Corps. With that being said, it is little wonder why there was little interest in an Army ROTC program. A Navy ROTC program however would yield great results. A Navy program would automatically attract Marine Corps MECEP students on their way to becoming Navy or Marine Corps Officers. Its geographical location would be conducive to those that live in the Jacksonville/Camp Lejeune area and want to remain near what they call home. Many men and women on MECEP are married full time college students who have homes in the Jacksonville area. It would sure beat driving 2 1/2 hours or more in any direction from Jacksonville for any other NROTC school.

  7. On October 31, 2011 at 6:03 pm Joe Harvey wrote:

    I am a product of the UNCW ROTC program. Some great officers came from the program and the cadre was top-notch. My instructor, CPT Longo is now MG Longo, Deputy Commander of TRADOC. I knew he was good, just not that good! Were were truely blessed.

    Most of the officers from that program are now retired or close to it.

    As the PMS of the UC Davis ROTC program, I now understand why the program suffered. It takes a university that supports the program, a PMS that is focused on growth and community outreach, and Cadets that have a strong mentoring program.

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