Detachment 875 | Air Force ROTC

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

Civilian University

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
Burruss Hall

Burruss Hall


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

Corps Organizations

  • Color Guard
  • Gregory Guard (precision armed drill team)
  • Skipper Crew
  • Nationally recognized Regimental Band, the Highty-Tighties
Highty-Tighties on Parade

Highty-Tighties on Parade


Cadet Organizations

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
Arnold Air Society

Armed Forces Special Operations Preparation Team

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

Armed Forces Special Operations Preparation Team

Air Force Special Operations Preparation Team Logo


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