About the Department

Grow as a Person and a Leader

Developing quality leaders for the United States Air Force is the mission of WPI’s AFROTC program. Guided by active duty USAF officers, our students build and lead a dedicated cadet corps.

Our cadets focus on specific areas in each year of the program:

  • Freshman. Learning about Air Force customs and courtesies.
  • Sophomore. Preparing for field training, which is similar to basic training but with a greater emphasis on group leadership development.
  • Junior. Applying leadership skills.
  • Senior. Leading the cadet wing and making final preparations to become Air Force officers.

Instilling Air Force Core Values

Students in WPI’s AFROTC program learn and live by the core values of the United States Air Force:

Integrity first. Integrity is essential. It's the inner voice, the source of self-control, the basis for the trust that is imperative in today's military. It’s about doing the right thing when nobody's looking.

Service before self. Military service is not just another job—it's an uncommon profession that calls for people of uncommon dedication. A leader unwilling to sacrifice individual goals for the good of the unit cannot persuade others to do so.

Excellence in all we do. Our mission often involves the risk of human life and sometimes national security. The obligation to excel is a moral obligation for members of a professional military force.

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Participating Colleges and Universities

  • Anna Maria College
  • Assumption College
  • Becker College
  • Clark University
  • College of the Holy Cross  
  • Nichols College
  • Quinsigamond Community College (requires transfer for final two years)
  • University of Massachusetts Medical Center
  • Worcester State University