Air Force Mission

The mission of the U.S. Air Force is to fly, fight and win – airpower anytime, anywhere.

We Are America’s Airmen And Guardians.

We are warriors. We will fight and win wherever our nation needs us. The aerospace realm is our domain, and we are vigilant in our commitment to defend, control and use it in our nation’s interest. We are leaders; we live our Core Values.

We Do Not Operate Alone.

Our efforts are made possible by the great support of many. Our families, our retirees, the employers of our guardsmen and reservists, our industry partners, and the communities in which we live and work enable us to carry out our mission.

We are partners in the Joint Team. We project aerospace power anywhere in the world and operate in concert with America’s land and sea forces and with our allies. Wherever we serve, whatever we do, we are America’s Airmen and Guardians.

We Will Recruit, Train And Retain.

America’s best young men and women provide global vigilance, reach and power for our nation in the 21st century. We will command and lead effectively at all levels with decisiveness and concern for our people. We’ll provide an environment that encourages all our people to achieve personal and professional excellence, taking pride in being part of the Air Force or Space Force that is respected worldwide.

We Will Shape And Operate The Force To Meet The Needs Of The Nation.

We must also manage the effects of tempo on our people. This is particularly important for those elements of the force currently in short supply but in high demand. And we’ll continue leading the way in leveraging the strengths of all our components to optimize Total Force effectiveness in peace as well as war.

America’s Airmen And Guardians Will Be Smart, Sharp And Tough.

We’ll provide them with the education, equipment and training to perform at their best. And we will demonstrate commitment to our people and to their families, providing a quality of life that lives up to their trust. Our Air Force and Space Force will be worthy of the great men and women who join us.


Develop Air and Space Force leaders of character whom we expect to fight and win our nation’s wars.

On-Campus Program

Air Force ROTC is designed to recruit, educate and commission officer candidates as the Air Force’s future leaders through college campus programs around the country. AFROTC detachments are located at 145 host college and university campuses throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico.

Crosstown Program

Students attending college near Air Force ROTC host institutions can attend classes through 1,100+ separate crosstown enrollment programs or consortia.

Learn About Our Core Values

Core Values