Welcome to the Air Force ROTC Detachment 895

Air Force ROTC (AFROTC) prepares you to become an officer in the US Air Force.

What is AFROTC?

The Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) is a training program that is designed to grow, develop, & mentor the future leaders of our nation and commission them into the Air Force as an officer, all while earning their college degree. The program is designed as a four year program though we do have a three year option for students who have more than 45 college credits.


Information about the Air Force ROTC program

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Student Resources

A collection of resources for both current and prospective students

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CWU Air Force History

History of CWU's Air Force ROTC program

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Interest Form

Air Force ROTC Interest for ROTC

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Honor Guard Request

Requesting an Air Force ROTC Honor Guard form for CWU staff and students

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Social Media

Follow CWU's Air Force ROTC program on social media.

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Privacy and Security

Privacy and security disclosures for the CWU Air Force ROTC site

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Why Join Air Force ROTC at CWU?  

Our Air Force ROTC is designed to grow, develop, and mentor the future leaders of our nation. AFROTC provides you with benefits, like financial assistance, leadership training, and a guaranteed job upon graduation. However, it also requires a significant commitment of time and effort. A great way to connect is through our Arnold Air Society and our Living-Learning Community. Join us and see where you will lead.

Degree Options

Air Force ROTC offers an Aerospace Studies Minor. Our Aerospace Studies cover an introduction to the Air Force including its history, leadership, and regional information. The information gained prepares you for active duty. 

Popular majors for our AFROTC students: 

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AFROTC Courses

General Military Course (GMC)

In your first AFROTC year, known as General Military Course (GMC), you'll be mentored, developed, and evaluated for your potential as an Air Force Officer. Engage in academic courses, participate in Physical Training (PT), and demonstrate leadership abilities in weekly Leadership Laboratories throughout the academic year. Successful candidates proceed to Field Training, a rigorous program at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama, evaluating abilities in stress handling, leadership, and physical fitness. Completion qualifies you for enrollment in the Professional Officer Course.

Professional Officer Course (POC)

The Professional Officer Course (POC) is designed to prepare you for an Officer role in the Air Force, focusing on leadership and Joint Warfare. POC members have the unique opportunity to lead the Cadet Wing, planning week-to-week operations and major events such as base visits and the Military Ball. Upon successful completion, you'll graduate and commission as an Officer in the Air Force. POC members in good standing (meeting GPA, AFOQT, PT scores, etc.) are automatically eligible for a two-year scholarship—the Charles McGhee Leadership Award—covering up to $18,000 per year in tuition.


For general university admissions information, contact the Office of Admissions. For advising information, contact Academic Advising.

Are you a graduate student? Contact the School of Graduate Studies and Research for admissions information.  


Only the Best 

For the third year in a row, the Air Force and Army ROTC at CWU undertook the Norwegian Foot March, a military endurance test. Our cadets marched 18.6-miles along the John Wayne Trail, carrying a rucksack of 24 lbs. Maybe next year you will join them in this mentally and physically straining feat.  

Our History 

The Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps, Detachment 895, also known as the Cascade Cowboys at CWU was established in June 1951. To learn more, check out our CWU Air Force History.

Additional Information  

For more information, reference U.S Air Force ROTC.

Reference U.S Air Force and U.S Space Force official websites for more detailed information.

United States Air Force and Space Force

Transform cadets into Air Force and Space Force officers through education, accountability, and a foundation of servant leadership.

Questions? Contact Us

Air Force ROTC

Lind Hall - 202A
400 East University Way
Ellensburg, WA 98926-7568

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