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100 years of ROTC at Georgia Tech

Over 100 years of ROTC tradition

1917

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

1920

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

1946

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

1947

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

1950

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

1952

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


Testimonials

Cadet Garcia

Cadet Garcia

AS 300

Throughout my childhood, I've always wanted to be a hero. I've always looked up to my dad, a former combat engineer in the Air Force, and as a result, decided to join Georgia Tech's AFROTC program my freshman year. Joining has been one of the best decisions of my life, truly teaching me what it means to be a self-sacrificial leader. I firmly attest to the fact that this program has instilled in me a constant devotion to the details, a newfound confidence in my decisions, and the willingness to pledge my life to the Air Force Core Values of Integrity First, Service Before Self, and Excellence in All We Do.

Cadet Hammonds

AS 400

Through AFROTC, I have formed incredibly close friendships with people of great character who constantly challenge me to grow and develop into a better person and leader. While the program can be difficult at times, it has prepared me for the new set of challenges I will face upon graduation and commissioning.

Cadet Hammonds

Cadet Hill

Cadet Hill

AS 400

AFROTC has grown me into a more competent and independent person. I have learned how to succeed and fail with grace and humility. I have deepened my ability to lead others relationally and through servant leadership. AFROTC has kept me grounded and centered throughout the chaos that is Georgia Tech, and has truly taught me some of the most valuable life lessons I could hope to learn.

Det 165 has provided me with, without a doubt, some of the best community I could have asked for. The quality of people who surround me at the detachment is truly amazing.

Cadet Johnson

AS 200

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

Cadet Kimbrough

AS 200

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.

Cadet Webb

AS 300

I love Det 165 because everyone is constantly seeking to help each other out.

ROTC has helped me learn great leadership skills that will be useful for the rest of my life as well as discipline and a great work ethic.

Cadet Webb

Cadet Wilson

Cadet Wilson

AS 200

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.

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