NACOGDOCHES, Texas - Expanded recruiting efforts have resulted in higher enrollment in the Reserve Officers' Training Corps at Stephen F. Austin State University. Enrollment in the Lumberjack Battalion is up 30 percent from last fall, according to Lt. Col. Todd Reichert, SFA professor of military science.
"We're excited about the increasing number of students showing an interest in serving our country as Army officers," Reichert said. "The Army sends us here to ensure we fill the ranks of the officer corps with quality men and women, and it's great to see so many SFA students taking an interest in serving as leaders in our Army."
The growing enrollment in the SFA ROTC program is attributed to many different factors, including increased recruiting efforts in the Dallas, Houston and Shreveport areas and the availability of excellent scholarships and financial assistance programs.
"Our goal is to find current and future Lumberjack students who are motivated and interested in a profession of service and leadership," Reichert said. "As our numbers increase, we also see the quality of our officer candidates increase in terms of academic performance, physical fitness and leadership ability."