ROTC at Virginia Tech means much more than wearing a uniform once a week and going to Air Force class; the Corps of Cadets is a 24/7 environment, with cadets responsible for each other. In addition, Air Force ROTC has its own organizations that allow cadets to expand their leadership experience.
Organizations at Detachment 875
Premier Leadership Training
All AFROTC cadets at Virgnia Tech must be enrolled in the Corps of Cadets, a nationally-recognized leadership development program.
- Virginia Tech is one of the nation's six senior military colleges
- The Corps is part of a large public university, similar only to Texas A & M
- Cadets in all branches of the US Military live together in cadet dorms
- Daily interaction gives cadets real experience for joint operations on active duty
Senior Military College
- Over 100 graduates promoted to General and Flag Officer rank
- Seven alumni awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor--exceeded only by West Point and Annapolis
- Graduates earning great success in their professions, business, industry, and public service
1100 cadets on a campus of 30,000 students provides the chance to:
- Join any civilian organization, including sports teams, clubs, fraternities, and sororities
- Share classes and form friendships with civilian students
Strength in Numbers
Detachment 875 is one of the largest Air Force ROTC detachments in the country, which means advantages like:
- C-17 and C-130 orientation flights--it took several trips to fit all the cadets!
- Visits to various Air Force bases around the region
- Usually at least one flyover during the pre-game ceremonies, including the C-17 Globemaster, B-2 Spirit, B-52 Stratofortress, and B-1/B Lancer
- Color Guard
- Gregory Guard (precision armed drill team)
- Skipper Crew
- Nationally recognized Regimental Band, the Highty-Tighties
Highty-Tighties on Parade
Air Force ROTC cadets have the opportunity to join many groups, including:
Air Force Flyers
Mission: to highly motivate and prepare cadets from AFROTC Detachment 875 for categorization.
- Geared towards cadets interested in becoming pilots, combat systems officers (navigators), and air battle managers
- Any VTAF cadet is welcome to join
- Organizes SOAR glider flights
AFSOPT's main goal is to provide an organization that has a higher standard of physical training and excels in the skills necessary for survival in combat situations
- Strives to induce others to set high standards for PT and to meet them
- Any VTCC cadet, on a commissioning track, is welcome to join
Air Force Special Operations Preparation Team Logo
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