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MTSU and Air Force ROTC


Offered at more than 1,100 colleges and universities across the country, the U.S. Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps program develops the leaders of tomorrow by preparing students to become officers in the Air Force while earning a college degree. In AFROTC, you’ll not only build lifelong friendships, but you may also have the opportunity to pay for school through our scholarship programs. Most importantly, you’ll have a rewarding career waiting for you after graduation. To learn more about AFROTC and the scholarships available, please visit

MTSU students who wish to participate in the Air Force ROTC can become cadets in Detachment 790. Although the detachment is based in Nashville at Tennessee State University, it serves students from MTSU and 11 other higher education institutions in Tennessee and Kentucky. The majority of the cadets in Detachment 790 are MTSU students.

MTSU has a “cross-town” agreement with Tennessee State University for Air Force ROTC. Typically, this means you’ll be enrolled as a full-time student at MTSU and take your ROTC classes each week at Tennessee State University. As such, you will need apply as a “cross-town” special student at TSU to take Air Force ROTC classes.

You must meet three requirements each semester to be a commission-seeking AFROTC cadet.  Those include an Aerospace class, Leadership Lab, and physical training (PT).  Due to the amount of crosstown students that are members of Detachment 790, all AFROTC requirements fall on Tuesdays to help with scheduling and commuting to TSU.  Your Aerospace class varies slight by year and grade however, Leadership Lab and PT are the same from year to year.

  • AERO 1013-80 (LLAB) Offered on Tuesdays from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m
  • Physical training (PT) will also be a portion of AERO 1013 and will occur Tuesdays from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Fridays from 6 a.m. to 7 a.m.

How to Apply

If you wish to join the detachment, please visit our website and contact our administrative assistant, Ms. Lagana, at 615-963-5931.


The deadlines for receiving application documents are:

  • 1 August for Fall term
  • 1 December for Spring term

After the required documents have been received (about two weeks after they are mailed), students will be able to register for AFROTC classes through the TSU website.

If you have any questions, feel free to call the detachment at (615) 963-5931 during duty hours, 7:30 a.m to 4:30 p.m., Mondays through Fridays, or email us any time at [email protected].

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