This is an all time high for Detachment 895 Air Force ROTC at CWU. Three years ago the detachment hit 80+ but 90+ hasn’t been seen since the 50’s when ROTC was mandated for the first two years of college. Is this increase a sign of a flat economy or is it that many are stepping to the call of serving their country? Last year’s poll of incoming Freshmen tends to show that patriotism is the real motivation for joining. Another surprising fact is 90% come from the west side of the state. When Major Wilson recruits, he likes to point out there are 3 detachments in the state since most of the students in Central Washington will most likely go to a different detachment just to get away from home. Another pleasant surprise is the female to male ratio. Last year they saw a 29% female stat and this year they are seeing the same. This is above the national average for ROTC and 10% above the active duty female officer demographic as well (2011).