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.
If you are looking for a career in the Air Force as an officer, then AFROTC at the University of Alabama is the place for you. Detachment 010 is committed to producing high quality officers sought after by the U.S. Air Force.
AFROTC is a great way for college students to pursue their higher education while serving their country and furthering their professional development at the highest level.
The Cadet Wing is run by cadets with guidance from active duty personnel assigned to Detachment 010. The active duty officers and enlisted members help the cadets learn and refine their leadership skills and supervise the cadet training environment.