Harnett County’s two leading educational institutions entered an agreement Tuesday they said will increase access to military programs at both schools.
Campbell University President Dr. J. Bradley Creed and Central Carolina Community College President Dr. Bud Marchant signed an agreement they hope will motivate and prepare selected students to serve as military leaders in the U.S. Army.
The bilateral agreement, originally initiated by N.C. Sen. Ronald Rabin, will allow students at Central Carolina Community College to complete military science classes which will be transferable to Campbell University through its long-established ROTC program.
Students who complete military science classes at Central Carolina must meet entry requirements at Campbell in order for the classes to be transferable.
Other universities with ROTC programs may elect to award credit for Central Carolina military science classes.
The two presidents signed the agreement at a ceremony at Taylor Hall on the Campbell campus with U.S. Army representatives looking on. Both presidents spoke at the event along with Sen. Rabin.
Dr. Creed noted that ROTC has a long-standing presence at Campbell.
“What a difference ROTC has made for us on the campus of Campbell University,” Dr. Creed said. “It is a great part of our mission. It provides a great pathway and it helps us provide a good path of service for our students.”
“This is going to give students interested in a military career a great pathway and will give our students an opportunity to study at a great institution, Campbell University.” Dr. Marchant said.
Sen. Rabin, a retired colonel in the U.S. Army, said encouraging more students to participate in ROTC will address a bigger problem in the country.
“I am appalled by the lack of patriotism in America today,” Sen. Rabin said. “This will help teach that value to our young people.”
He said the program will benefit many people and the institutions involved.
“This is a win, win, win situation for everyone involved,” Sen. Rabin said. “Most of all, it is a win for students who will become a resource for the Army to find officers.”