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.

Fly with a Cy

Want to experience the adventure for yourself? Ask the Recruiting Officer about the Fly with a Cy program. Fly with a Cy gives interested students an opportunity to visit Det. 250 and experience a day in the life for themselves. A typical visit will start on Monday evening and end on a Wednesday afternoon. The visit allows interested students an opportunity to room with a current cadet in their academic major of interest, attend a Tuesday morning Leadership Lab, attend an AFROTC academic course on Tuesday or Wednesday, attend a PT session on Wednesday morning, eat at the dining facilities on campus, meet cadre and attend an ISU class in their major of interest. The only cost to the program is travel expenses to get to ISU, food and any extra items they would like to purchase during their visit. The Fly with a Cy program has been a huge success and it is consistently the event that leads to interested students choosing to attend ISU. There are two forms that are required to be completed prior to your visit:

Contact the Recruiting Officer to schedule your Fly with a Cy visit today!

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. When approved, follow the instructions in the New Applicant Guide/Checklist for Enrollment Completion below:

Enrolling in AFROTC is a three step process. Detailed instructions are outlined in the DET 250 – New Applicant Actions & checklist:

Step 1. Complete the Web Based Application Guide via WINGS (Web Intensive New Gain System):

Step 2. Complete Application Packet:

Step 3. Enroll in Iowa State University Aerospace Studies Course(s)

NOTE: All Steps MUST be complete before the first day of your Aerospace Studies Course(s)

Additional documents and information:

***All AFROTC Cadets and applicants are required to follow Iowa State University’s COVID-19 guidelines prior to returning to campus and attending AFROTC courses and physical training.***