TROY - Troy University students will receive expanding training and have a greater opportunity to commission into the United States Air Force beginning in Fall 2016.
The Air Force has upgraded the University's Reserve Officer Training Corp detachment to four-year program status, allowing detachment personnel to more effectively recruit Air Force ROTC students to TROY while providing cadets with expanded training opportunities, making them more attractive to compete nationally for commissioned officer slots.
Freshmen entering TROY in Fall 2016, and those with highly competitive Air Force high school scholarships, will be eligible to participate in the program.
"TROY has a long-standing commitment to the American military. We are extremely satisfied with the Air Force's decision which will open new avenues to bringing quality high school graduates into the Trojan Nation," said Dr. Jack Hawkins Jr., Chancellor.
"This expansion of ROTC by the Air Force at Troy University is significant and will greatly enhance our ability to serve the needs of our military students – and prospective Air Force officers," he said.
Nationwide last year, about 3,000 eligible cadets competed for 1,500 commissioned officer training slots in the Air Force.
"TROY cadets will compete on time with all other detachments at the annual national board, rather than at a later date from a pool of slots set aside for the two-year programs," said Lt. Col. Carlos Garcia, commanding officer for Det. 17. "TROY will now conform to full national detachment standards and we will eliminate all special considerations that were in place just for us. Additionally, we are eligible to recruit cadets nationwide to become Trojans."
On average, TROY's AFROTC Detachment 17 has consisted of about 15 juniors and seniors. Lt. Col. Garcia expects those numbers to at least double when the expanded program stands up next fall.