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100 years of ROTC at Georgia Tech

Over 100 years of ROTC tradition


The U.S. War Department creates an eight-week ground school at Georgia Tech to train military pilots for the U.S. Army's Aviation Section, Signal Corps — the direct ancestor of today's Air Force


An "Air ROTC" unit is established at Georgia Tech — one of the first six to be established at universities in the United States


General Dwight D. Eisenhower, chief of staff of the War Department, signs General Order No. 124, expanding Air ROTC to 77 universities


The National Security Act of 1947 creates the U.S. Department of Defense and separates the U.S. Army Air Forces into its own service, the United States Air Force


Air Force ROTC is established at Georgia Tech as a distinct unit from Army ROTC


Detachment 165 becomes one of the first detachments in the nation to allow women to attend military training and earn a commission


The Georgia Tech administration elects to drop mandatory ROTC enrollment


Detachment 165 moves to the ground floor of the D.M. Smith Building which still bears the Air Force Seal and the Air Force Core Values


Detachment 165 moves to its current home on the second floor of the O'Keefe Building alongside Army ROTC and Naval ROTC


Just under a year after the U.S. Space Force is established, Detachment 165 directly commissions its first officer into the nation's newest military branch


Senior Cadet

AS 400

I joined ROTC because I did JROTC in high school and loved it and wanted to continue with a similar program. I love becoming super close to my fellow cadets and how everyone supports each other through everything. Det 165 does an amazing job at improving everyone and never leaving anyone behind.

ROTC has forced me to realize that you need to continuously push yourself past your comfort zone to improve and succeed. ROTC has also helped me to become more outgoing and a better leader in all aspects of my life.

Cadet Johnson

Cadet Kimbrough

Senior Cadet

AS 400

Military service has become a lifestyle for me. I grew up in Germany and South Korea on a military base. Being involved in AFROTC feels like continuing the family business. I want to give back everything that's been given to me.

This program builds leaders. As a Air Force reservist at Maxwell AFB, I wanted to put myself in an environment where I could develop as a leader, and impact the mission on a different level.

Senior Cadet

AS 400

I joined ROTC to be a part of something greater than myself, and to be able to work with our country's cutting edge technologies.

I love how tight knit our detachment is—everyone gets to know each other really well, especially within your class. I think ROTC has made me a more motivated person, and I have made some lifelong friendships already.

Cadet Wilson

Georgia Tech is home to 11 crosstown schools

Kennesaw State University
Georgia State University
Clayton State University
Morehouse College
Emory University
Spelman College
Oglethorpe University
Mercer University
University of West Georgia
Agnes Scott College
Clark Atlanta University