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ROTC is in our DNA. The College of National Services attracts, motivates, and prepares selected students to serve as commissioned Officers and Ensigns.
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Corps of Cadets
The Corps of Cadets Progressive Leadership Model stands out. You’re not like everyone else. You don’t just settle. You seek challenge and the opportunity to grow as a leader. 
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The dedication, the drive, the discipline,
the TRY and the YOU.

We are dedicated to ensuring that all who are willing to embrace and conquer all of the adversity and challenges, will graduate and commission not only as a better individual, but as a different, daring and diverse premier leader who is remarkably qualified to command an elite group of men and women in the world's greatest Air Force and Space Force.

AFROTC is divided into two major programs: the General Military Course (GMC) and the Professional Officer Course (POC).

The General Military Course is offered during the freshman and sophomore years; the course discusses the structure, doctrine, and function of the Air Force, communication skills and the historical role of air and space power.

Admission to the Professional Officer Course is highly competitive. Not anyone can enroll, students must first pass the Air Force Officer Qualifying Test (AFOQT) and an Air Force physical examination, meet academic and physical fitness standards, successfully complete the AFROTC field training program and be selected by a board of Air Force officers. The Professional Officer Course’s first year is leadership theory and practice, Air Force management theory and practice and other aspects of being a professional officer. The Professional Officer Course’s second and final year addresses a broad range of civil/military relations, and the overall social and political context in which U.S. defense policy is formulated and affected. 

Leadership Laboratory meets weekly for two hours throughout enrollment in Air Force ROTC. Instruction is conducted within the framework of an Air Force organization with a progression of experience designed to develop students' leadership potential. The cadet physical training program is an essential part of leadership laboratory and is mandatory for all cadets. A detailed introduction and orientation to life on an active Air or Space Force base occurs during a field encampment (field training) between the student’s sophomore and junior years.

Air and Space Force Cadets who are awarded a scholarship must either choose one of the following technical majors or complete 24 credits of technical classes or complete four semesters for a foreign language.

Technical Majors:

Architecture (Master's Program only)
Computer Science
Engineering (any concentration)
Math (any concentration)

Read the full program details

How To Apply

So many benefits of ROTC, we can help take you through the steps.

Step 1 - Apply Now to Norwich University.

Step 2 - Begin the ROTC Scholarship process.

Step 3 - Go to: WINGS and create an account

             Select: “ROTC Applicant (Prospect)” and complete each section of “My To Do List”

Step 4 – Join AFROTC at Detachment 867 by scheduling an Enrollment Interview. Simply email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and request an enrollment interview.

               Your enrollment interview and will require several documents:

               1: Social Security Card (original)

               2: Birth Certificate (original) and/or Naturalization Documents

               3: Copy of your SAT/ACT scores if you have taken them

               4: Official Transcripts if you have any college credit obtained outside of Norwich University

               5: DD Form 214 and Performance Reports if you are current or prior service military

In addition to enrolling in the AFROTC program as a Norwich University student, you may join as a full-time student of one of our nine Cross-Town Universities. Cross-town students should proceed to Step 2.

Cross-Town Universities:

What are Cross-Town Schools?

These schools are universities that have formal academic agreements with Norwich University, but do not have their own AFROTC program.

Students attending the following colleges and universities may enroll in the Air Force ROTC program at Norwich University and pursue a commission in the United States Air Force and United States Space Force. All students must attend all Air Force ROTC courses and LLAB at Norwich University unless otherwise coordinated.

Eligible Cross-Town Schools

  1. Community College of Vermont (Montpelier, Vt.)
  2. Vermont Technical College (Randolph Center, Vt.)
  3. Vermont School of Law (South Royalton, Vt.)
  4. Saint Michael’s College (Colchester, Vt.)
  5. University of Vermont (Burlington, Vt.)
  6. Champlain College (Burlington, Vt.)
  7. Northern Vermont University (Lyndonville, Vt.)
  8. Plymouth State College (Plymouth, N.H.)
  9. Colby-Sawyer College (New London, N.H.)

Cross-town students interested in the Norwich AFROTC program should proceed to Step 2.

Room & Board

Cadets that earned an ROTC scholarship received an additional $15,000 annually from Norwich for Room & Board.

3.0 and 90%

To improve your AFROTC scholarship chances, you’ll want to carry a 3.0 gpa and 90% fitness score or better. Learn More scholarship tips.

Take Flight

From our Your Can Fly program, to our Civil Air Patrol partnership, to the newly-landed flight simulator grant, your opportunity to take to the sky is here at NU.

Read about our new flight simulation lab.

Meet our Cadets and Graduates

  • Thomas A. Bussiere ’85U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen.

    Thomas A. Bussiere ’85
    U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen.

    “I think the long-standing, multidecade connection of Norwich grads is strong and sound. I can guarantee in the Department of Defense that Norwich graduates — officer, enlisted, civilian, Army, Air Force, Navy and Marines, and now (Space Force) Guardians — are connected and stay connected, both from a professional development perspective and pride in our alma mater. … What the institution gave to everybody who serves is pretty strong.”
  • Cadet Zoha Alam ’24U.S. Air Force ROTC Student

    Cadet Zoha Alam ’24
    U.S. Air Force ROTC Student

    "Norwich University's AFROTC has shown the many opportunities to careers within the Air Force...AFROTC has instilled pride with in me and has taught me how I can put service before myself. I joined AFROTC to serve my nation for all it has done for my family."
  • Cadet Harrison Preston’ 23U.S. Air Force ROTC Student

    Cadet Harrison Preston’ 23
    U.S. Air Force ROTC Student

    "I was informed of Norwich’s AFROTC program in high school, and once I visited, I knew it was the place for me. I had always wanted to live a life that revolved around helping people; I always took pride in knowing I was able to make someone’s day better. It has been my goal all throughout my time at Norwich to commission as an Air Force officer because I know I can live a life serving and helping the American people."
  • Cadet Koa Rosales ’25U.S. Air Force ROTC Student

    Cadet Koa Rosales ’25
    U.S. Air Force ROTC Student

    "Joining the Air Force as an officer has been my top goal growing up as a kid. While my grandfather was Navy and my father was Army, the Air Force values resonated more with me than any other branch. When I applied to Norwich, I knew that the Corps of Cadet would help me prepare to be the best I could be. Be it through growing a strong mindset or developing resiliency through challenges, both AFROTC and Corps of Cadet will support me in my future."
  • Gary Keefe ’86 U.S. Army Maj. Gen.

    Gary Keefe ’86
    U.S. Army Maj. Gen.

    “It’s you … that have the values and steel in your backbone to protect our way of life.”
  • Cadet Elvine Katanga ’23U.S. Air Force ROTC Student

    Cadet Elvine Katanga ’23
    U.S. Air Force ROTC Student

    "I’ve gained so much from AFROTC at Norwich...the two most important things being great friends and mentors. Our Cadre have always been so supportive, starting from the moment I joined AFROTC. Same with the individuals I’ve met in AFROTC from my own classmates, the underclass men, and other AFROTC cadets from other detachments...And I know even after I commission, they will always be a great source of support for me."
  • Elizabeth Scalf '23 U.S. Air Force ROTC Student

    Elizabeth Scalf '23
    U.S. Air Force ROTC Student

    “I came in thinking I want to be an officer in the U.S. Air Force. I was an active cadet in U.S. Air Force ROTC program for my first year at Norwich; I went inactive (during) the Study Away program, which let me have an internship with Customs and Border Protection in Washington, D.C. After this internship, I decided to go non-pursuing, but still have the (option) to go to Officer Training School after graduating. … I am now pursuing a job in a ‘three-letter’ agency or in the private sector once I graduate.”
  • Yoomide Millar '25 U.S. Air Force ROTC Student

    Yoomide Millar '25
    U.S. Air Force ROTC Student

    “I always had the love for the Air Force, and when I was looking at colleges, I wanted to join the Air Force and I wanted to join an ROTC program. And I found out about Norwich and the Corps of Cadets and I knew it was going to be better for me to join (it). … I’m not going to quit … I’m ready to meet the challenges. … I want to try my hardest and know that I did my best.”
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