Kansas University Army ROTC Numbers Up

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ While many new students are donning Kansas
college colors this fall, even more are wearing green.

Officials at the University of Kansas and at Kansas State report an increase of at least 20 percent in the number of Army ROTC cadets on campus this semester.

Nationally, there are 30,721 Army ROTC cadets.

Lt. Col. George Belin, professor of military science and head of Kansas State's Army ROTC program, says cadets are matched with older students who act as mentors.

Paul Kotakis, spokesman for the Army Cadet Command, says there isn't a single factor for an increase in ROTC programs. He says it was likely a combination of the scholarship opportunities, leadership training and family experience with the military.

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