By joining Detachment 105, you won't only be growing as a leader, but you will be inducted to a family of over 250 motivated individuals. By virtue of spending so much time with your fellow cadets, many life-long friendships are created while in Air Force ROTC. Outside of training, cadets organize fun events like hikes, ski trips, paintball outings, and more. Additionally, the cadet wing is an academic resource for your non-ROTC classes. Cadets in the same major often match class schedules each semester. Having fellow cadets to help with homework or studying for exams is invaluable. Depending on the school you attend, there may be more cadet social events during the week!
Ever since I was young, aircraft have intrigued me. Some of my earliest memories are of me playing with toy planes. When I was a little older, my family took me to my first airshow. When I saw the F-16 fly, I knew I had found my calling. As time went on, I discovered that I enjoyed math and science and I thought that maybe I would design aircraft instead of fly them. It wasn't until I had already been accepted to CU Boulder that my cousin, who is enlisted in the Air Force, brought me back to service. He told me about this program called ROTC; I didn't really know what to expect but I thought, "why not give it a shot." That was the best decision I've ever made. Not only did it rekindle my hopes of getting in the cockpit, but I also got the chance to meet some amazing people. The friends I have made through this program are incredible, and I will truly miss them when my time here is done. I will be graduating in May 2020 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, and I will be chasing my dreams of flying at Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training (ENJJPT) in the fall. - 2d Lt Noah Verspohl
I remember the days before joining ROTC distinctly. I had just finished signing up for my fall courses for my first semester. I still hadn't set foot on the CU Boulder campus, and it was July! I was stuck trying to find a purpose and searched for exceptional leadership opportunities to develop myself. I had thought about serving in the military, I just didn't know what branch to choose. My father who served in the Army laid out my options: I could ruck through Army and sleep in tents, sail through Navy to sleep on a ship, crawl through the Marines to sleep in a dirt hole, or give the Air Force a chance and sleep in an apartment. Let's just say Air Force ROTC gave me a chance to honor the legacy of those who came before us, and I haven't looked back yet! - 2d Lt Noah Martin
Before entering ROTC, I didn't have any connections to the military. I joined because I was interested in service and wanted to work on my leadership and communication. Since accepting the challenge, I have learned the value of teamwork, professionalism, and interpersonal skills. Besides my proficiency at rolling socks (pictured left!), the best thing I have gotten out of ROTC is camaraderie. There are so many opportunities to meet outstanding friends, wingmen, and mentors, and there is a lot to learn from the diverse experiences of Det 105 cadets and cadre. Being active in the Success Enabled Pilots club has gotten me excited about flying, and I plan on applying for a pilot slot next spring! - Cadet Grace Woodyard