FUNCTIONS & ACTIVITIES
ACTIVITIES & EXPERIENCES
It’s important that members of Air Force ROTC help the people around them. ROTC students serve their local communities by volunteering with programs that meet social, educational and environmental needs. This builds character and positive relationships that last beyond the Air Force ROTC experience.
ARNOLD AIR SOCIETY
Arnold Air Society (AAS) is a national, professional, honorary service organization of selected Air Force ROTC cadets from more than 140 colleges and universities, including the Air Force Academy. AAS is a private, nonprofit group with approximately 3,000 members. Service projects range from joint national projects to local community or campus projects.
AAS community projects include:
- Serving the disadvantaged.
- Fostering environmental awareness.
- Promoting awareness of the plight of Prisoners of War and those Missing in Action.
From pickup games to intramural sports like flag football, basketball, volleyball, track and softball, recreational activities are always brewing around Air Force ROTC. Many Air Force ROTC detachments have sports teams that compete in university intramurals, as well as against other local Army ROTC and Navy ROTC teams.
Honor Guard is an extracurricular team designed to train you in precision drill and ceremonies with arms. Many of these teams travel to local and regional competitions against other universities, showcasing their expertise in military professionalism, customs and courtesies.
Color Guard is an extracurricular Air Force ROTC team responsible for presenting the flag in a variety of settings. The members of Color Guard practice drill and ceremonies, proper wearing of the uniform, as well as the proper ways to show respect to our nation’s flag.
Typical Color Guard functions include football games, volleyball and soccer matches, Eagle Scout Courts of Honor and memorial services. Color Guards often present the colors at events such as the World Series, televised college football/basketball games and other professional sporting venues.
You’ll get a taste of time-honored military traditions by attending functions such as military parades, drills, ceremonies and military balls.
Dining In—Cadets and cadre (ROTC faculty) participate in a military-only banquet, complete with requisite customs and courtesies (uniform is semiformal dress or mess dress). You will hear a distinguished guest speaker and experience unique military traditions.
Dining Out—Cadets and cadre, with spouses and guests, attend a formal banquet with many of the same customs and courtesies as dining in. It is a time to honor cadet accomplishments during the year and hear a fascinating guest speaker in an enjoyable black-tie setting.
Warrior Dining In—It’s a less formal, more fun version of dining in. You’ll wear the Airman Battle Uniform with camouflage face paint. Unlike dining out, a Warrior Dining In usually does not have guest speakers. A variation of this, the Combat Dining In, can involve water gun battles and trips to the infamous grog bowl.
Balls—Military balls are a great combination of military tradition and fun. They usually include meals, distinguished speakers and music. You and your date come in formal military dress.
Social Activities—In ROTC, you’ll work hard, but you’ll also play hard. From tailgating before games, playing pool, having bowling nights and skit nights or just hanging out with your friends, there are plenty of opportunities to meet new people and develop lifelong friendships. Plus you can still be involved in other social clubs, organizations and activities at your school.
Each POC cadet has the opportunity to fill a leadership position at least once before completion of the POC and learn skills that will help them succeed in whatever they choose to do in life.
Here are a few leadership opportunities:
Cadet Courtney Diekema, AFROTC MIT
Cadet Courtney Diekema is a student at Harvard University and a cadet at MIT. Here, she shares how she balances ROTC, school and sports to make the most of her college experience.
Featured Career: Combat Rescue Officer
Combat Rescue Officers oversee recovery missions and teach survival strategies. These are some of the most courageous Airmen in the Air Force, dedicating their lives to the rescue and recovery of injured servicemen from the front lines.
ROTC programs are offered at over 1,100 colleges and universities across the United States. Check out possible schools and majors by clicking the button below.
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.
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