Celebrating 7 decades of service for Baylor AFROTC
Baylor’s Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) dates back to the very earliest days of the United States Air Force. In 1947, the United States Air Force was recognized for the first time as a service branch by the U.S. Armed Forces. Less than a year later — in July 1948 — Baylor AFROTC was formed, making it one the earliest and oldest AFROTC programs in the country.
Recognized by the Air Force as Detachment 810, Baylor’s AFROTC program serves as a commissioning source for Air Force officers. AFROTC cadets advance towards careers as Air Force officers while also receiving Baylor degrees in the field of their calling, prepared for leadership in the Air Force. Over the years, Baylor AFROTC has been honored as the nation’s best large detachment and has received multiple recognitions as the top detachment in the Southwest.
Baylor’s long line of service on campus extends to multiple Armed Forces branches and benefits both veterans and future members. Baylor’s “Bear Battalion” was producing Army officers as far back as 1891; the current Army ROTC program began in 2008. Elsewhere on campus, Baylor Veteran Educational and Transition Services (VETS) serves the needs of Baylor students who have already served their country as they pursue the next phase of their lives and careers.
From the days shortly after World War II to today’s global challenges, Baylor AFROTC has produced more than 1,500 graduates, seen alumni serve in every corner of the planet, and has exemplified excellence for other programs around the nation.
Sic ’em, Baylor AFROTC!