Air Force ROTC


Detachment 867

The Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) at Norwich University is an educational program designed to provide cadets with the opportunity to become Air Force officers while completing their degrees. The Air Force ROTC program is designed to prepare cadets to assume positions of increasing responsibility and importance in the modern Air Force.

Detachment History

Detachment 867 began in 1971, joining the oldest ROTC program in the United States here at Norwich University, the birthplace of ROTC. Its first Detachment Commander and Professor of Aerospace Studies was Lieutenant Colonel Erchinger, a pilot with 18 years of service in the Air Force. Ever since the first year of AFROTC at Norwich, where 211 Air Force cadets joined the program, the Detachment has continued to produce Air Force Officers non-stop for 47 years.

AFROTC four-year program

The General Military Course is the first half of the four-year program, run by Air Force Aerospace Studies. This program, taken during freshman and sophomore years, allows you to try out Air Force ROTC for up to two years without incurring any obligation unless you are on an Air Force ROTC scholarship. As you attend class, you’ll learn more about the Air Force and the historical development of airpower.

The last two years are called the Professional Officer Course. These junior and senior level classes cover leadership skills and national defense policy.

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