A community as ambitious as you are.
It’s rare to be surrounded by students who share a passion for service, the drive to succeed, and the desire to get the most out of college.
That’s what it’s like to be a cadet at UD. We are a tight-knit community of individuals who support and challenge each other every day.
There’s a place for you here.
“I love AFROTC because of the limitless opportunities that the program provides, not only in professional and academic development, but also the opportunity to train and serve others.”
– Maria, Cadet Studying Biology at University of Delaware
You’re a cadet, but a UD student first.
Being a cadet only enhances your UD experience—with more opportunities to explore, one-on-one mentorship, and a community where you belong.
Live on campus your first year, and then choose where to live. Study any major in UD top-ranked schools and departments. Take one Aerospace Studies course and Leadership Lab each semester. You’ll be in uniform once a week, and your hair just needs to meet Air Force standards while in uniform.
Cadets commit about six hours to Air Force ROTC each week, leaving plenty of time to study and explore other interests.
What does four years in Air Force ROTC look like?
Work Hard & Play Hard
Intramural sports. Paintballing. Tailgating. Open houses. Warrior Day. Cadet life is fun, too. Our detachment hosts events throughout the year that bring cadets together—and make our friendships stronger.
Love the Blue Hen Life
Welcome to the University of Delaware, one of the most beautiful and culturally diverse campuses in the country.
This is where you’ll discover 200-year-old traditions and make your own. Join a spirited community, dress in blue and gold, and make memories that you will carry with you forever.
Serving the Community
Being a cadet is much more than marching and training. Our cadets are passionate about helping others. We often host community events, volunteer time in local shelters and soup kitchens, and support blood drives.
Pounds of goods donated to local Home of the Brave foundation
Get involved on and off campus
Cadets are some of the most active students on campus. Whether they’re a part of Air Force ROTC student organizations or one of the 450 student organizations on campus, our cadets are leaders and doers.
Arnold Air Society
As part of the national honorary Arnold Air Society, cadets have more opportunities to lead their fellow cadets and receive extra preparation for field training. Arnold Air Society members also have the chance to attend regional and national conventions to receive mentoring from senior Air Force leaders and network with cadets from other detachments.
Professional Development Training
As an AFROTC cadet, you’ll have many opportunities to travel and experience things typical college students only dream of. You can fly airplanes—or maybe you’d like to jump out of one. You can learn hand-to-hand combat skills or gain insight into the day-to-day operations of an Air Force base. Wherever your interests lie, there is probably a developmental program for you!