If you are looking for an exciting career in the Air Force as an officer, then AFROTC Detachment 010 at the University of Alabama is the right place for you. We are committed to recruiting, training, and developing quality leaders for the United States Air Force.
AFROTC presents many opportunities for students. It is a great way for college students to pursue higher education while developing followership and leadership skills as they prepare to serve their country. There’s no greater honor and fulfillment than to serve ones country!
In addition, AFROTC affords students a sense of community on such a large campus. The Cadet Wing is run by cadets with guidance and oversight from the Cadre (active duty personnel assigned to the detachment). The active duty personnel teaches the cadets about the Air Force and leadership skill and supervise the cadet training environment during leadership laboratory.
About Det 010
In one form or another, ROTC has been at The University of Alabama since World War I. From 1916 to 1946, cadets received commissioning as officers in the Army’s Air Corps. During World War II, Major General Oliver Lewis, Lieutenant Thomas H. Borders, and hundreds more trained for war through the Air ROTC branch of the Army, including Lieutenant Maxwell, for whom Maxwell Air Force Base was named. The University of Alabama connection went even further, training thousands right here on campus. The British Royal Air Force and French Air Cadets trained its pilots at the Tuscaloosa Municipal Airport.
In 1947 the cadet corps was formally separated into the Army and Air Force ROTC programs. In 1971, in the first commissioning class after desegregation, a Black-American was selected for pilot training. One year later, Air Force ROTC incorporated women. 1980, two of the first women selected for Air Force pilot training were commissioned through Alabama’s Air Force ROTC. In the ranks of the alumni of Detachment 010 are general, lieutenants, teachers, lawyers, business men and women as well as scholars–All leaders in their own calling.