Texas ROTC units could face cutbacks

Texas ROTC units could face cutbacks

Cutbacks could be in store for ROTC programs at Texas colleges.

Nearly a third of Reserve Officers Training Corps units, or commonly known as ROTC units, at Texas colleges are no longer producing enough officers and are facing federal scrutiny that could lead to cutbacks.

The Houston Chronicle reports eight of the state's 22 units are among more than 200 being reviewed by the Government Accountability Office nation-wide.

Last year congress eliminated 13 units across 10 states. Nine of those fell below the requirement of producing a minimum of 15 officers to make the programs cost-effective.

ROTC has helped broaden the military's officer ranks with more minorities and those from blue-collar backgrounds since it was created.

Training costs $95,000 per person in units that annually produce fewer than 15 officers, compared to a $42,000 cost for larger units.