U.S. Senator Mark Pryor this week said he will hold a U.S. Department of Defense nominee until Arkansas State University receives the justification for the Army’s abrupt decision to shutter its Reserve Officers’ Training Corps Program.
“Despite our repeated requests, the Army has yet to provide its
justification for closing ASU’s ROTC Program,” Pryor said. “This lack of
information is completely unacceptable. I refuse to release this nominee until
the Army fulfills its promise and provides a reasonable explanation for its
decision. This is a successful program, and I will fight tooth and nail to keep
In October, the Army announced that ASU’s ROTC program would
be discontinued at the end of the 2014-2015 school year. Following the
announcement, Senators Pryor and Boozman, along with Representative Crawford
demanded justification from U.S. Army officials. Despite the Army’s commitment
to turn over data and materials, the delegation has yet to receive any
information. This week, Pryor placed a hold on the Army’s nomination of the
Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness to ensure ASU receives
the answers it deserves.