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Did you know that 50 percent of the officers in the United States Air Force started in a Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program?


The Air Force ROTC is a four-year educational program designed to provide theoretical and applied leadership experience to become an Air Force Officer while you complete your bachelor’s degree.

As an Air Force ROTC student, you’ll have access to exclusive scholarships, and when you graduate, you’ll commission into the USAF as a second lieutenant, joining an elite group. You’ll develop the analytical, communication and critical-thinking skills to be adaptable and thrive in a variety of careers.


Historical Background

Air Force ROTC unofficially began with the passage of the Morrill Act (Land-Grant Act) in 1862, which established military training at land-grant colleges and universities. But the name “Reserve Officer Training Corps,” or ROTC, was actually created by the passage of the National Defense Act in 1916.

In the 1920s, Air Force ROTC began focusing on successful engineering schools to establish its programs. And by the 1950s, there were 188 Air Force ROTC units with 145,000 cadets. Women began joining Air Force ROTC nationally in 1970. And in 1987, the scholarship program for high school seniors began.

Detachment 845 has been an active Air Force ROTC unit at Texas Christian University since 1950. The detachment is the only Air Force ROTC unit in the greater Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex and serves six schools in addition to TCU with cross-town arrangements.

You can enter the Air Force ROTC program at TCU (the host school) or any of our six cross-town schools: University of Texas-Arlington, Dallas Baptist University, Texas Wesleyan University or Tarleton State University. Additionally, you may complete the first two years of Air Force ROTC at our two-year colleges — Weatherford College and Tarrant County College — before transferring to a four-year university.

Areas of Study

At TCU, you’ll grow intellectually and personally, and you’ll also gain specific knowledge and skills for a career. You’ll learn by doing, stepping outside the classroom to turn your ideas into action.


Our commissioned officers are assigned in many career fields. A few examples include:

  • Health technicians and specialists
  • Intelligence
  • Law and enforcement
  • Logistics and transportation

Career Preparation