Expect Challenge. Achieve Distinction.

Detachment 867

Detachment 867 prides itself in being the Largest Detachment in AFRTOC’s Northeast Region. Cadre at Detachment 867 bring over 100 years of Active Duty Air Force experience while providing training to our future Air and Space Force officers. The Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) at Norwich University is an educational program designed to provide cadets with the opportunity to become Air Force officers while completing their degrees. The Air Force ROTC program is designed to prepare cadets to assume positions of increasing responsibility and importance in the modern Air Force.

Detachment History

Detachment 867 began in 1971, joining the oldest ROTC program in the United States here at Norwich University, the birthplace of ROTC. Its first Detachment Commander and Professor of Aerospace Studies was Lieutenant Colonel Erchinger, a pilot with 18 years of service in the Air Force. Ever since the first year of AFROTC at Norwich, where 211 Air Force cadets joined the program, the Detachment has continued to produce Air Force Officers non-stop for 47 years.

AFROTC Four-Year Program

The General Military Course is the first half of the four-year program, run by Air Force Aerospace Studies. This program, taken during freshman and sophomore years, allows you to try out Air Force ROTC for up to two years without incurring any obligation unless you are on an Air Force ROTC scholarship. As you attend class, you’ll learn more about the Air Force and the historical development of airpower.

The last two years are called the Professional Officer Course. These junior and senior level classes cover leadership skills and national defense policy.


Air Force ROTC
Norwich University
158 Harmon Drive
Northfield VT 05663
1 (802) 485-2460
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

U.S. Air Force links:

Current as of 5 February 2018.

  • Scholarships

    High School Scholarship Program

    Air Force ROTC Scholarship are available for qualified candidates and there are two ways to receive a scholarship. The first is to apply for a scholarship out of high school. The deadline for the High School Scholarship Program is December 1 of the student’s senior year. For more information about the application requirements, visit the U.S. Air Force ROTC scholarship requirements page. 

    In-College Scholarship Program

    The second way to earn an Air Force ROTC scholarship is through our In-College Scholarship Program (ICSP), which aims to recruit and retain highly qualified college freshmen and sophomores. Air Force ROTC staff evaluate current cadets for the opportunity to participate in this highly competitive selection process. Individuals nominated for scholarship consideration will compete on a national board. If you are interested, please contact the recruiting flight commander to see if Air Force ROTC is right for you. The staff at Norwich University will nominate qualified candidates for the ICSP; there is no formal application. Please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 1 (802) 485-2460, or review the U.S. Air Force ROTC scholarship requirements to learn more.

    For an informational overview regarding Air Force ROTC, visit www.afrotc.com to learn about program requirements, scholarships, and careers in the Air Force.

  • 1

  • “The Corps of Cadets has been developing disciplined men and women of character for centuries, and I am excited to contribute to that legacy in some small way.”
    LTC Michael Titus, USA (Ret.), Commandant of Cadets Norwich University
  • “I chose Norwich because I wanted more out of my college experience than just classes and a dorm. Norwich gave me opportunities that you can’t get anywhere else: a military lifestyle, a family environment, leadership opportunities, and challenges. That’s what I wanted.”
    Christopher Cole ’15 Chemistry major, Navy ROTC Scholar
  • “At Norwich, I learned that you can accomplish anything—honestly, anything put before you. It’s a mindset. Whatever anyone throws at you, you can most certainly do. You just have to tell yourself that you can, and it will be accomplished.”
    Samantha Thornton ’16 Criminal Justice Major
  • 1
Contact Us
Norwich University Air Force ROTC
(802) 485-2460

College of National Services

The College is comprised of the Departments of Army Military Science, Naval Science and Aerospace Science; each having a department chair and staff.

Click here to learn More about the College of National Services

Tri-Service Awards Ceremony 2020

The Norwich University Tri-Service Awards honors the service, resilience and displays of moral character that are trademarks of our students and our university. The spring 2020 ceremony was rescheduled to fall 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Tri-Service Awards honor students for leadership in our four military branches — the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Air Force. They also honor academic and athletic achievements of cadets in our Corps of Cadets.

Tri Service Awards—Celebrating Your Accomplishments

  • Default
  • Title
  • Date
  • Random

Related News

— Get Info —

Whatever you think you're capable of, you can achieve here—and more. Learn how a Norwich education prepares you to lead in a career you love.

Request Information

Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC)

Jackman Hall 103 | 1 (802) 485-2460

Dean of National Services

Col. Matthew Smith, USAF | msmith25@norwich.edu

Professor of Aerospace Studies (PAS)

Col. Matthew Smith USAF | msmith25@norwich.edu

Jackman Hall 103 | 1 (802) 485-2460

academic calendar
Academic Calendar
& Programs
Calendar of Events
Your Impact

Norwich University admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

Norwich University collects personal data about visitors to our website in order to improve the user experience and provide visitors with personalized information about our programs and services. By using our site, you acknowledge that you accept the information policies and practices outlined in our Privacy Policy.