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Air Force ROTC doubles new cadet enrollment

More than 70 students from 19 Houston area colleges and universities became cadets in Fall 2015

aDetachment 003 of the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) based at the University of Houston welcomed its largest incoming class this fall semester as more than 70 students became cadets.  

Started in 2003, Detachment 003 has historically been a small ROTC program but has one of the most diverse cadet corps in the nation. The detachment includes students from throughout the UH System, Texas Southern and Rice universities and the community college systems for representation from 19 colleges and universities in the Greater Houston area.

Part of this autumn’s growth is due to a new partnership between Detachment 003 and Prairie View A&M University.  Signed this summer, it brought Air Force ROTC to a new set of students – and 12 took advantage of the opportunity, becoming Prairie View’s inaugural ROTC class.

Air Force ROTC prepares students for careers as Air Force Officers through a college level curriculum. Once cadets complete the ROTC program and receive their college degree, they are commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the US Air Force.  AFROTC offers many scholarship opportunities to help cadets pay for school, and a guaranteed job after graduation.

By Capt. Jen Kiebach, Assistant Professor of Air Force Science