Air Force ROTC Detachment 890
Astronomy, University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4330
Detachment 890 is an AFROTC training program based out of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va. Along with LU, Det. 890 also supports cadets from these nearby universities: James Madison University, Piedmont Virginia Community College and Old Dominion University TeleTechnet at PVCC. The Cadet Corps includes more than a hundred cadets from these universities.
AFROTC (Air Force Reserve Officers' Training Corps) is a training program that prepares college students to become officers in the United States Air Force. Students work with Det. 890 to qualify for a commission in the Air Force while simultaneously completing their university undergraduate requirements.
Det. 890's educational training program emphasizes student involvement and the development of leadership skills. Classes are conducted as seminars and call for active student discussion. In addition, cadets become involved in the management of their own cadet wing through a mandatory weekly two-hour "leadership laboratory." Cadets are assigned corps positions, with increasing responsibility over the four years. Students also participate in physical training, leadership projects, visits to Air Force bases, orientation flights, and normal college extracurricular activities.