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United States Air Force 590th Cadet Wing

#1 small detachment in the Air Force for 2012-2013, #1 small detachment for the southeast region for 2012-2013, 2013-2014 (back-to-back) and 2016-2017.

Det 590 at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (aka Blue Heaven) invites you to take control of your future, do something amazing and join the ranks of the men and women of the United States Air Force.

To develop leaders of character for tomorrow’s Air Force and Space Force.

– Air Force ROTC Mission Statement

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Welcome to Detachment 590

Our exceptional cadets, coupled with the superior instruction and guidance from our cadre, earned Detachment 590 recognition as the best small detachment in the country by winning the 2013 “Right of Line” Award. In 2014, Detachment 590 also won – for the second year in a row – “High Flight” honors as the Southeast Region’s best small detachment. More recently, the detachment was awarded this once again for the 2016-17 academic year. These awards are presented annually to the Air Force ROTC detachment which best excels in the areas of “Training, Education, Recruiting and Retention, University and Public Relations, and Cadet Activities.” Our cadet wing will continue to plan exciting events that develop leadership skills and create an environment that welcomes and encourages diversity while building camaraderie and lasting friendships. Come and join our team!

Air Force ROTC is divided into two courses of study (the General Military Course, and the Professional Officer Course) and a Field Training experience. The full program will take more than 480 hours over four years of college (including one summer for Field Training). Leadership development is emphasized throughout the program. Additional, off site training opportunities are also available.

The General Military course of study is for first-year and sophomore students. The Professional Officer course of study is for juniors and seniors.

Note – It is possible to complete a three-year program if you did not begin as a first-year student. Contact our Recruiting Officer for more information at (919) 962-2074 or

Meet Our Cadre

Lieutenant Colonel Theriault, USAF

Captain Young, USAF

Captain Fitzgerald, USAF

Tech Sergeant Pickett, USAF

Sergeant Wilson,

Why Choose Detachment 590

Cadets on a snow day
Cadets in front of UNC Chapel Hill’s Naval ROTC Armory – our ‘home base’
Cadets train for the Physical Fitness Assessment (PFA)
New Cadets learn how to fall into a flight

Small Cadet Wing

Det 590 is considered a “Small Detachment” by AFROTC which means you really get to know your fellow cadets and get direct mentorship from Cadre. The training is unparalleled. It’s also a great way to get more involved, more quickly. For example, freshman routinely hold formal positions in the Cadet Wing meaning you will be empowered to impact your unit from the start. Furthermore, you will having many more opportunities in Color Guard, Arnold Air Society, and for trips across the US! You can’t find those opportunities anywhere else.

Convenient Location

Det 590 is located in the Naval Armory, right in the middle of campus. It is easy for students to get to and from the detachment and class. You will find cadets in the lounge all throughout the day, working on homework, or just hanging out! It is a great place to get to know your wingmen.

Afternoon Physical Training

Det 590 values your time as a college student. Our PT sessions are typically held in the afternoon to ensure students can try to have a healthier sleep schedule. Additionally, every week we have a morale PT where we play sports with cadre to wind down from a long week of classes!

New Cadet Orientation Program (NCOP)

Before each fall semester, we hold our annual New Cadet Orientation Program (NCOP) to acclimate new cadets to Air Force ROTC. This voluntary program is designed so students can focus on the basics of Air Force ROTC while building a sense of teamwork and camaraderie with their classmates – all before they have to worry about keeping up with college studies. Graduates of NCOP frequently say that it cemented in their minds that Air Force ROTC was right for them.

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