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Tradition of Excellence: UC AFROTC DET 665 is Best in Region

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.

The tradition of military training at the University of Cincinnati began in 1917. The Air Force came to campus after the branch’s creation in 1947. 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 Air Force ROTC detachment grew over the years to now include cross-town cadets from Xavier University, Thomas Moore College, Mount St. Joseph, and Northern Kentucky University.

Detachment 665 has a history of exemplary performance and a tradition of excellence:

  • 2007 - Northeast Region Outstanding Small Detachment
  • 2009 - Northeast Region Outstanding Medium Detachment
  • 2012 - Northeast Region Outstanding Medium Detachment
  • 2015 - Northeast Region Outstanding Large Detachment
  • 2017 - Northeast Region Outstanding Medium Detachment
  • 2018 - Northeast Region Outstanding Large Detachment 

AFROTC Mission:



Detachment Vision Statement:

- Produce Mission-focused Leaders that personify Service and inspire Excellence through:

Leadership that values performance, rewards excellence, and inspires commitment

Dynamic Training focused on fitness, field-training preparation, service, and personal/professional development

Education that instills academic and professional excellence through instruction, motivation and oversight

First-class Unit Support that enables uninterrupted mission focus

Culture of mutual respect, self-discipline, and esprit d’ corps


Focus Areas:

– Academics

– Fitness

– Service

– Social

– Leadership


About Us

About Detachment 665

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 1923, an Ordnance Unit was added to the ROTC program to provide training in Mechanical Engineering for military application. ROTC was suspended from 1942-1946, during World War II. It was reactivated in 1946, one of which was the Army Air Force (which became the independent Air Force ROTC the following year). In 1947, 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 as 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 exceed the expectations and experiences in civilian life.