Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps?

Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) is the largest and oldest source of commissioned officers in the United States Air Force.  AFROTC’S mission is to produce leaders for the Air Force by recruiting, educating and commissioning officer candidates based on Air Force requirements. For more information, visit the AFROTC web site at

What is your commitment following commissioning?

After you are commissioned, you will be required to serve a minimum of four years in active duty, and another four years in the reserves.  Depending upon your career selection, you may be required to serve additional years.  Pilots are required to serve a minimum of ten years on active duty and Remotely Piloted Aircraft Pilots, Combat Systems Officers, and Air Battle Managers are required to serve a minimum of six years on active duty.

What is LEAD?

Leaders Encouraging Airman Development (LEAD) is a mandatory three to four week summer training program focused on leadership skills, military bearing, physical conditioning, and expeditionary training. It will hone and polish your strengths, giving you skills needed to be an Professional Officer Course (POC) member. You will also receive junior officer training, career orientation, and learn how the Air Force operates. LEAD usually takes place between your sophomore and junior year at a selected Air Force Base in the United States.

How often do I wear my uniform?

At Detachment 128, cadets are required to wear one of their uniforms every Tuesday during a normal semester. This includes regular classes in addition to the Air Force classes. Uniforms are also to be worn to Physical Training (PT) sessions.

When does Physical Training occur?

PT, or physical training, is a time when the entire cadet corps meets to maintain physical standards. This occurs every Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 6:00 – 7:00 AM. Cadets are required to attend all three physical training sessions. Cadets who do not live in the Newark area as a result of attending one of our cross-town schools are still required to attend physical training and will meet with the Operations Flight Commander upon program entry to discuss their participation.

What is Leadership Lab?

Leadership Lab (LLAB) occurs every Tuesday from 0700 – 0900. This is a mandatory class where officer skills are developed and fine-tuned. This course is instructed by junior and senior cadets with guidance from active duty officers.

What other activities are offered with AFROTC at the University of Delaware?

AFROTC at UD offers many extra activities for cadets. Examples include: morale events such as intramural sports, paint ball excursions, movie nights, and trips to local historical sites. The detachment usually hosts a dining-in event in the spring, an awards banquet, and a social event for the holidays.

Where are the AFROTC offices located at UD?

The Air Force ROTC office, called the Detachment (Det), is located at 314 Wyoming Avenue, Newark, DE 19717.

What classes must I take while in AFROTC?

All first year cadets will enroll in Aerospace Studies AS100 level courses. In the Fall 2016 semester, the courses are labeled as AFSC 111, AFSC 151, AFSC 211, and AS251 in the University of Delaware and Wilmington University Systems. These courses are listed as MSLC 110, 150, etc. in the Delaware State University System. Visit our Program Overview page for more information.

Do I have to attend University of Delaware?

Detachment 128 is associated with several schools including: University of Delaware, Wilmington University, Delaware State University, and Delaware Technical Community College. Schools other than the University of Delaware are considered ‘Cross-Town’ Schools. The cadets who attend these schools, attend their regular classes normally, in addition to attending the Leadership Lab and Aerospace class at the University of Delaware.

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