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ROTC PROGRAM AT IDAHO STATE GETS FINAL ORDER

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The international wave of democracy has claimed a victim in Idaho.

The government announced Friday that Idaho State University will lose its Reserve Officers Training Corps program next year as the Army begins phasing out ROTC programs nationwide."The reasons are obvious," said Lt. Col. Eric Watkins, Idaho State's ROTC commander. "Peace has broken out, and the world is getting smaller. Not as many officers are needed."

And the fact that Idaho State's program was one of 50 the Army targeted in its first round of cutbacks came as no surprise, Watkins said.

"For the past five years, we have not met the required viability standards, which say we must commission 15 officers per year and contract 17 juniors per year," he said.

Eight seniors will be allowed to finish the program, he said, and 18 juniors will be given several options, including taking their third and fourth years of ROTC education in one year.

Officials said the 27 freshmen and 14 sophomores who have ROTC scholarships at Idaho State will also have options including the chance to immediately transfer their scholarships to other schools.