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Lt. Colonel Joel C. Hearn, USAF
Aerospace Studies
College of Education and Professional Studies
Aerospace Studies
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Established in 1951, the award-winning Air Force ROTC “Cascade Cowboys” develops knowledge, character, and motivation as cadets are commissioned as second lieutenants in the Air and Space Forces.


Develop discipline and hone abilities and skills in leadership development, problem solving, professional ethics, and strategic planning, while training to become an officer in the United States Air and Space Force. Have your college paid for in part, or fully, through scholarships.

Why this program?

The CWU Air Force ROTC program is award winning and nationally regarded. Since 2009, CWU’s Air Force ROTC been named both the No. 1 regional and top national unit in its classification.


Why Air Force ROTC at CWU?

CWU's Air Force ROTC program is award winning, challenging, demanding, and fulfilling.

Air Force ROTC classroom and field training take place both in the classroom and in the field and are mixed with academic studies.

Air Force ROTC student benefits include academic counseling and planning assistance, and the opportunity to reside in the Air Force ROTC Living/Learning Community.

College is partially or fully funded through scholarships and/or receive a monthly stipend for Air Force ROTC students. Try one of our programs during your freshman and sophomore years without a required military commitment.

Air Force ROTC students compete for opportunities learn to fly a plane—or jump out of one—and get in the best physical shape of their life, learn about the world, and train for leadership.

Prepare for an exciting career by becoming a military officer!

Hands-on Learning

Central’s commitment to hands-on learning, discovery and individual attention takes students beyond the limits of the classroom and books. ROTC students get to network and do what they’re studying in the following real-world professional settings.

Experience Air Force ROTC at CWU

Points of Pride

Since 2009, CWU’s Air Force ROTC been named both the No. 1 regional and top national unit in its classification. It was also earned the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award and the Air Force Organizational Excellence Award.

CWU’s cadet corps has led the nation in physical fitness several times, and it has won the Northwest Region Air Force ROTC Standard Bearer Competition, which evaluates the knowledge and skills of cadets.

Take the Next Step to Becoming a Wildcat.