Join Detachment 250

Are you ready for an adventure? Joining Air Force ROTC Detachment 250 will be one of the defining moments in your college career. Our cadets join our program through a couple of different paths. Find out more about the program below.

High School Seniors

The first step in joining our detachment is to talk with our Recruiting Officer to see if Air Force ROTC is right for you. After speaking with our Recruiting Officer, schedule a visit with your college of choice.

You will be able to visit your college’s campus. A breakout session can be scheduled with our Recruiting Officer on the day of your visit to talk with you and your family about the program.

If you don’t want to schedule an entire day, you can contact the Recruiting Officer and make arrangements for an individual visit. Our Recruiting Officer is based at Iowa State University, so if you will be attending DMACC, Drake or Grand View, this may be at a location different than your college (Iowa State).

If Air Force ROTC sounds right for you, the first step is to apply for admission to your college.

Once accepted, notify the Recruiting Officer and you will receive further information on how to get started with the Detachment after you graduate from High School.

HSSP Scholarships

Air Force HSSP ROTC scholarship applications are open June 1st for all rising High School Seniors. The HSSP applications are due in January the year of your senior year of high school. If you are offered an HSSP scholarship, you will have until May 31st of your High School Senior year to accept or decline the HSSP offer.

Find out more about Air Force High School ROTC Scholarships.


Scholarships for current college students are available. For more information, please visit the Air Force ROTC College Scholarships page.

Current College Students

Joining Air Force ROTC as a college student currently enrolled or accepted at any of the Detachment universities can be done by meeting with our Recruiting Officer and then registering for the required introductory level classes.

The ROTC program is designed for Freshman / Sophomore students in order for those cadets to finish all requirements in the program to graduate as a commissioned officer. Joining the program as a Junior or Senior is rare, but if interested please contact our Recruiting Officer for an office visit to go over your goals.

How Do I Enroll?

Contact the Recruiting Officer at to see if you are eligible prior to enrolling in AFROTC. Once approved for enrollment, application for AFROTC is a three-step process. Detailed instructions are on the Det 250 Inbound Cadet Guide page.

Step 1. Sign up for a WINGS account

Step 2. Complete the Inbound Cadet Guide

Step 3. Enroll in Iowa State University Aerospace Studies Courses

  • AFAS 1030
  • AFAS 1410

All steps must be completed prior to the first day of the academic semester