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Are ROTC Programs Still Necessary?

Last month, the Houston Chronicle reported on a review by the Government Accountability Office of eight of the state’s 22 Reserve Officers Training Corps units – more commonly known as ROTC. In 2013, Congress eliminated a number of such units nationwide, as they weren’t producing enough officers. That’s the concern here in Texas as well. […]

Last month, the Houston Chronicle reported on a review by the Government Accountability Office of eight of the state's 22 Reserve Officers Training Corps units – more commonly known as ROTC. In 2013, Congress eliminated a number of such units nationwide, as they weren't producing enough officers. That's the concern here in Texas as well.

We learn more about the state of ROTC programs at Texas colleges, as we talk with Captain William Fitzgerald, the Commanding Officer and Professor of Naval Science for the Navy's ROTC Houston Consortium, which includes the Rice Naval ROTC unit and the Prairie View A&M program.

We discuss how ROTC programs are changing, and whether there's still enough interest from students to keep such programs viable here in Texas.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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