Air Force ROTC

The Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program is an educational program designed to give men and women the opportunity to become officers in the U.S. Air Force or U.S. Space Force while earning an undergraduate degree in the major of their choice.


The Air Force ROTC program at VMI is the 7th largest of 145 detachments. It prepares cadets for service in the U.S. Air Force or U.S. Space Force air, space, and cyberspace domains under the Department of the Air Force. Cadets that complete the Air Force ROTC program may commission as Second Lieutenants in the U.S. Air Force or, if selected, in the U.S. Space Force.

VMI partners with other schools in the Lexington area to allow their students to participate in the Air Force ROTC program: 

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Air Force ROTC cadets work together on VMI leadership reaction course.
AFROTC Det 880 cadets ride in Air Force helicopter over VMI campus, called post.
Air Force ROTC cadets raise hands and take their oaths during commissioning ceremony where they will become Second Lieutenants.
Air Force ROTC cadets take notes and prepare for the next part of their training during FTX.
Air Force ROTC staff works with new recruits during matriculation.
Air Force ROTC cadet receives an award from Col Scott, head of Det 880 ROTC program.
AFROTC Det 880 cadets participate in field training exercises at Virginia Military Institute.
Air Force ROTC cadets wait near Detachment 880 flags for their turn on a helicopter flight over Virginia Military Institute.
Air Force ROTC cadets work together on VMI leadership reaction course.


The Air Force ROTC Program provides college-level education to qualify eligible cadets for commissioned service in the United States Air Force or United States Space Force, as Airmen or Guardians respectively. The four-year program is offered in two distinct two-year courses: the General Military Course (GMC) and the Professional Officer Course (POC). Transfer students from the Army or Navy ROTC programs are credited equivalency in the GMC.

AFROTC cadets learn the principles of effective leadership and gain hands-on management experience. Successful graduates enter their chosen branch as officers and leaders, moving into management roles far earlier in their careers than most non-ROTC college graduates.

Resources from U.S. Air Force ROTC:

Learn more about the AFROTC program and how it prepares students to become officers in the U.S. Air Force or Space Force while earning a college degree.


Current as of 09 January 2024


Air Force ROTC Det 880 in the News

Find out more about the unit's cadets and faculty in recent VMI news.

Detachment 880 prepares for Field Training

Detachment 880 prepares for Field Training

Thirty Det 880 3rd Class cadets prepare for their upcoming summer at Maxwell Air Force Base for the 3-week Field Training program.

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By joining VMI’s Det 880 Arnold Air Society John P. Jumper Squadron, Nathan “Skye” Van Ness ’25 leadership skills have increased tenfold. The Arnold Air Society (AAS) is a service organization through the Air Force ROTC (AFROTC) that centers on professionalism, honor, and community service.

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