A bipartisan group of lawmakers will bring to the Senate floor Wednesday jorning legislation to create a formal process for elected officials to recommend students for the state’s Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) programs on college campuses.
The legislation, entitled the “Georgia Leadership and Service Admission Act” is sponsored by Sens. Hill (R-6th), Thompson (R-14th), Williams (R-19th), Albers (R-56th), Harbison (D-15th), and Hill (R-32nd).
SB 58 would allow each member of the State House and State Senate, along with the Governor and Lieutenant Governor, to recommend one high school student every year for an ROTC program in Georgia’s university system. Importantly, however, that recommendation does not necessarily come with automatic admission into a program.
As it stands, the bill would largely allow each recommending office to come up with its own selection process, provided that each office selects a student who:
- Meets the median grade point average and entrance exam scores for the class admitted for the preceding fall semester at the institution for which the student seeks recommendation;
- Meets the requirements for a HOPE scholarship;
- Is a citizen and legal resident of this state;
- Has applied or intends to apply for admission into an institution of the university system that offers an ROTC program; and
- Commits to serve in the ROTC program for the entirety of the student’s enrollment if such student attends the institution for which such student seeks recommendation.
For the full (and quite brief) legislation, head over to the General Assembly’s site.