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What is Air Force ROTC?

The Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) is an educational program designed to give men and women the opportunity to become Air Force officers while completing their degrees. The Air Force ROTC program is designed to prepare you to assume positions of increasing responsibility and importance in the modern Air Force and Space Force .

Four-Year Program

Air Force ROTC consists of four years of military education. The first two years of the program, taken during your freshman and sophomore years, is called the General Military Course. As a GMC cadet, you will be able to try out Air Force ROTC for up to two years without incurring any obligations 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 air power. The last two years are called the Professional Officer Course. These junior- and senior-level classes cover leadership skills and national defense policies and are intended to prepare you to serve as officers in the Air and Space Forces of the Department of the Air Force.

Detachment 157

detachment 157 logoAir Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) Detachment 157 is located at Daytona Beach, FL. Detachment 157, hosted at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, is one of the largest detachments in the country and produces the most officers of any AFROTC unit. It is comprised of five campuses:

  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • Bethune-Cookman University
  • Daytona State College
  • University of Central Florida, Daytona Beach Campus
  • Stetson University

In addition, Detachment 157 is one of the top pilot producers for the Air Force, with the exception of the Air Force Academy.

* Current as of Sept. 19, 2023


We are located at the corner of Clyde Morris Boulevard and Richard Petty Boulevard in Daytona Beach, Florida, on the first floor of the Brigadier General William W. Spruance ROTC Center on the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Daytona Beach Campus.

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