The original concept of ROTC, as established in 1862, was to provide a nucleus of Officers, well trained in military science, who could supplement the regular officer corps.
Military training has been part of the University of Cincinnati since 1917. In 1946, the Department of Aerospace Studies was started on campus, representing the newly created Air Force. The very first Arnold Air Society Chapter was established at UC just two years later in 1948. From the beginning, Aerospace Studies has been considered an integral part of the university curriculum. In 1993, Detachment 665 won its first National Award, the Project Warrior Award in conjunction with Operation Standard Bearer. 1995 was a banner year for the University of Cincinnati with Det 665 being awarded the prestigious Air Force Association award for "Best in Ohio." For the combined period 1994 through 1995, Det 665 received the Air Force's Outstanding Unit Award given to only the top 10% of all Air Force Detachments. Most recently, Det 665 received the High Flight Award for the top small AFROTC Detachment in the Northeast Region in 2005, as well as 2007 small unit category and 2009 medium unit category. Det 665's accomplishments have been featured in an article on the online local Cincinnati Community Press. This article was contributed by Stacey Breen, a cadet at Det 665. You may read this article below.
Today, Air Force ROTC has become the largest commissioning source of Air Force Officers. Beginning with this year's graduating class, all graduates from AFROTC receive regular commissions. At the same time, Officers who receive their commissions through Air Force ROTC continually find the opportunities; professional growth and personal satisfaction offered by Air Force careers that well exceeds the expectations and experiences in civilian life.
Every Thursday more than 100 students walk around the University of Cincinnati’s campus in their Air Force Uniforms. These are the proud cadets of UC’s Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps. AFROTC Detachment 665 at University of Cincinnati won the “North East Region Outstanding Det” Award, or Right of Line Award, for a medium detachment in 2009. This is nothing new for the AirCats, AFROTC at University of Cincinnati has won this award 3 times in the past 5 years.
The tradition of military training at the University of Cincinnati began in 1917. The Air Force came to campus later, after the branch’s creation in 1947. ROTC was created to provide officers to supplement the regular Air Force Officer Corps. Today, AFROTC is the largest commissioning source for the Air Force, producing quality officer candidates who serve in a broad spectrum of career fields. The University of Cincinnati AFROTC detachment grew over the years to now include cross-town cadets from Xavier University, Thomas Moore College, Mount St. Joseph, and Northern Kentucky University. AFROTC detachments are split into multiple regions across the country; the University of Cincinnati is in the North East region. In the past 4 years, Detachment 665 at UC has grown by 118%, now placing in the large detachment category. Size qualifications are: below 60 cadets is small, 60-99 is medium, and over 100 is large. Impressive recruiting and retention rates represent just one aspect of the tradition of excellence needed to win a “NE Region Outstanding Det” Award.
Aspects judged in the criteria for the award include production, education, university and public relations, cadet activities, recruiting and retention, and Arnold Air Society activities. AFROTC Det 665 at UC received the Right of Line award for best small detachment in 2005 and 2007; after growing in size the detachment received the best medium detachment for 2009. To further demonstrate a history of commitment and merit, the AFROTC Det 665 won its first National Award, the Project Warrior Award in conjunction with Operation Standard Bearer in 1993. Also, in 1995 Det 665 was awarded the prestigious Air Force Association award for “Best in Ohio.” For the combined period 1994 through 1995, Det 665 received the Air Force’s Outstanding Unit Award given to only the top 10% of all Air Force Detachments.
Contributed by Stacey Breen