Detachment 225 has been privileged to have had excellent cadre throughout its history, and we are pleased to introduce those currently ushering in the new generation of Air Force officers.


Col David Knight


Officer Teaching


Major John Paek

Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies (APAS)

Recruiting and Education Flight Commander

AS100 & AS200 Instructor



Capt John Hofmann

Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies (APAS)

Operations Flight Commander

AS300 Instructor



SSgt Brandon Williams

Non-commissioned Officer, Personnel


SSgt Aubrey Doll

Non-commissioned Officer, Admin



Mrs. Janet Million (Staff)

Senior Staff Assistant

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1947: After its inception as a separate military service, the US Air Force established an Air Force ROTC four-year commissioning program at the University of Notre Dame.

1972: Beginning with the freshman class of 1972, women were fully integrated into life at Notre Dame. Two women were enrolled in AFROTC.

1990: The three Notre Dame ROTC branches move into their new, state-of-the-art home -- Pasquerilla Center

1993: A Cadet Joint Staff was created with the cadet chair coming from the year's lead service. Joint cadet operations began with the 1993-94 academic year. Key events include: POW/MIA Retreat, Veterans' Day Retreat, Joint Ball, Annual Presidential Parade and Awards Ceremony, and Commissioning.

Current Status: The Department of Aerospace Studies is under the jurisdiction of the University Provost. The Department Chairman/Professor of Aerospace Studies reports to the Associate Vice President for Graduate Studies.

Crosstown/consortium agreements are in effect between the US Air Force and the following schools: University of Notre Dame, Saint Mary's College, Indiana University-South Bend, Holy Cross College, Bethel College, Valparaiso University, and Trine University. Students enrolled at these institutions are eligible to participate in the program at Detachment 225.

Detachment 225 was awarded the Air Force Right-of-Line Award in 1983, 1985, and 1990, recognizing it as the top unit in the nation. Its last Headquarters AETC inspection rated the unit "Excellent" overall with one outstanding and three excellent sub-ratings.

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Cadet Life

Simply put, Air Force ROTC is a college program that prepares you to become an Air Force Officer. It's a challenge. It's an opportunity. It's a head-start to a lifetime of success within the Air Force, and a dedication to succeed in all you choose to do.

What does this mean to you?

Air force ROTC provides you with a challenging program to hone your time management, physical fitness and analytical skills, and helps you push yourself to achieve your goals. For those who are up to the challenge, the rewards last a lifetime.


To qualify for entry into the Professional Officer's Course (POC), you must:

Pass a physical fitness test

Pass a medical examination

Be in good academic standing

Complete a summer Field Training course

Meet commissioning age requirements

Getting Started

To launch an Air Force career through AFROTC, simply enroll in the appropriate AS (Aerospace Studies) class and corresponding Leadership Laboratory. AFROTC courses are accredited and offered to the entire student body. Once students have enrolled, they are eligible to begin the application process, which includes a physical exam. We encourage interested students to visit the detachment and talk with cadets. Call or stop by anytime!

Program Details

The General Military Course (GMC) is taken during the freshman and sophomore years. This is a chance to take the Air Force out for a test-drive with no service commitment. GMC students are eligible to compete for in-college scholarships. The GMC classes are 1 credit hour and include an introduction to the Air Force and the history of US airpower. Students who complete the GMC progress into the second half of the program, the Professional Officer's Course (POC). Prior to entry into the POC, students must complete a 4-week summer Field Training encampment. Both GMC and POC participate in a Leadership Laboratory once a week with POC playing a more active role in coordinating unit activities. Cadets will also participate in physical training twice a week.


Four-Year Scholarships

Air Force ROTC offers scholarships to high school seniors and graduates. These scholarships are competitive, and are based on the whole person concept. Once contracted, in addition to receiving the scholarship, awardees receive book money and a monthly tax-free stipend. Applications and information regarding scholarships can be found at

In-College Scholarships

Air Force ROTC offers scholarships on a limited basis from 3.5 to 2 years. All cadets on scholarship receive a $300 - $500 monthly nontaxable stipend during the school year and additional money for books. Applications are submitted locally through the AFROTC Detachment, and are considered based on performance and merit.

Cadet Activities

In addition to AFROTC duties, cadets can take on a variety of military extra-curricular activities to further expand their development as future officers.

New Student Orientation (NSO): NSO is conducted before university freshmen orientations. This optional, four-day program is a great start to the AFROTC program.

Honor Guard & Drill Team: Cadets have the opportunity to participate in military Honor Guard and Drill Team events -- even presenting the colors at various sporting events!

Arnold Air Society (AAS): As the professional, honorary service organization of AFROTC, AAS offers a chance to develop as leaders through community service projects.

Active Duty

Service and Obligation

After earning a degree and completing all required AFROTC requirements, cadets are commissioned into the United States Air Force as Second Lieutenants. The total military service obligation is 8 years - all graduates are called to active duty for 4 years and are subject to recall for an additional 4 years as in-active reservists. Officers who attend additional training, including pilot training, incur different lengths of commitment. Initially enrolling in an AFROTC class carries no obligation.

Pay and Benefits

When friends are struggling to find jobs after college, you will already have a job waiting for you where you come in at a position equivalent to civilian upper management! The benefits include:

A military commission (requires college degree and completion of AFROTC requirements)

Appointment by the President of the United States

The possibility of world travel?

Tax-free Housing and Subsistence allowance each month in addition to base pay

You will also receive 30 days of vacation plus government holidays.

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AFROTC Detachment 225 | 211 Pasquerilla Center, Notre Dame, IN 46556-5672 | Phone: (574) 631-6634 |