Why Choose Det 590?
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, freshmen 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.
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.
Morning Physical Training (PT)
Det 590 values your time as a college student. Our PT sessions are held on Tuesday and Thursday mornings (0600-0700) to ensure no class conflicts. Many cadets enjoy the early wakeup and energetic start to their days. PT sessions are meticulously planned by a designated cadet and consist of engaging exercises, morale-boosting activities, and healthy competition. Workouts are individualized enough to challenge cadets at any fitness level.
New Cadet Orientation Program
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.
See the other Prospective Cadet pages for specific reasons on why cadets love Det 590!