Current as of Aug 18

Mississippi State University
  • Det 425 Events
  • AFROTC Scholarships
  • What is Air Force ROTC?
  • What Courses do I Sign Up For?
  • Crosstown Schools
  • Det 425 Events

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    Det 425 activities throughout the year include events such as a Parent/Alumni Weekend during the homecoming game, Combat Dining-In, and Dining-Out. The Det 425 team is dedicated in developing our future Air Force leaders thru both fun and challenging events. For more information on our activities contact the staff at 662-325-3810 or

  • AFROTC Scholarships

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    High School Scholarship Application Opens 1 June and closes 1 December.
    All high school students entering their senior year meeting academic requirements are eligible to apply. Head to to begin your application.
    In-College Scholarships available, contact Det 425 at 662-325-3810 for more information about requirements and opportunity.

  • What is Air Force ROTC?

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    The Air Force Officers Training Corps is an educational program designed to give men and women the opportunity to become a commissioned officer while completing their undergraduate degree. The qualifications are: - Be a US citizen or plan to become a US citizen - Be physically qualified - Be a full-time student - Be of good moral character - Attend Aerospace Studies courses Learn More

  • What Courses do I Sign Up For?

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    If you only have three years remaining in college, you will need to enroll in both AS1012 and AS2012.

    For incoming freshmen, or if you are able to spend 4 years in ROTC, sign up for AS1012

    If you have only 3 years left in school, then during your 1 year as a GMC cadet you will need to sign up for both AS1012 and AS2012

    Contact the Det if you only have 2 years left and you are still interested in joining. Learn More

  • What is a Crosstown School?

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    You can participate in the Air Force ROTC program as long as you are a full-time student at MS State, MS University for Women, or East MS Community College.

    You will attend your ROTC-specific courses and earn your commission from Det 425 at MS State, but you will receive your degree from your respective university.

    EMCC students may join, but you must transfer to either MSU or MUW and earn a bachelors degree in order to commission. Learn More

Detachment Info

Det 425 gives students attending MS State, or one of our crosstown schools, the chance to commission as an officer in this great nation's Air Force. We are looking for those students willing to excel physically and academically, while training to become a leader.

DET Events

  • Jan 2, 2019


  • Mar 29, 2019

    Dining Out

  • Apr 5, 2019 - Apr 6, 2019

    Pathway to Blue-Keesler AFB Visit

Events Page

Information for Applicants

How to join Air Force ROTC at Mississippi State

  • RSVP for and attend AFROTC Orientation
  • Bring your laptop to Orientation- Required
  • Bring original documents- birth certificate, social security card, etc
  • Download the Cadet Orientation Package and follow all instructions
  • Download the Form 28 Sports Physical form
  • Please create your WINGS account and answer the questionnaire before attending orientation

***You MUST RSVP to attend ROTC Orientation. Please RSVP to***

April 8th, 4:00 p.m.
June 11th, 4:00 p.m.
June 14th, 4:00 p.m.
June 18th, 4:00 p.m.
June 21th, 4:00 p.m.
June 25th, 4:00 p.m.
June 28th, 4:00 p.m.
July 8th, 4:00 p.m.
Aug 19th, 10:00 a.m.

Students must also attend the following:
Final height/weight check
Last Names A-M Aug 20th 2:00-2:30
Last Names N-Z Aug 20th 2:30-3:00

Students are encouraged to attend:
Cadet Life Intro Day Aug 21st 9:00-4:00 (Times subject to change)
More info to follow

Download the Cadet Guide for more information about being a cadet in Air Force ROTC.

Please contact the detachment with any questions at 662-325-3810 or

  • ROTC Courses
  • A.    For incoming freshmen, or if you are able to spend 4 years in ROTC, sign up for Aerospace Studies (AS) 1012.
  • B.    If you only have 3 years left in school, you will need to take Aerospace Studies (AS) 1012 and 2012 your first year as a cadet. Contact the Detachment if you only have 2 years remaining and you are interested in joining the Air Force.
  • Scholarship Information
  • C.   You can start the application for the High School Scholarship Program (HSSP) the summer before your senior year of high school, but the deadline to apply is December 1st. This scholarship includes a fitness test and an interview, so come prepared.
  • D.   In-College Scholarships!!! AFROTC recently revived the emphasis on in-college scholarships and you may be eligible to compete for the In-college Scholarship Program (ICSP) during the Spring of your 1st, or the Fall of your 2nd year as a GMC (see Eligibility Requirements).
  • E.   If you are majoring in one of the Technical Majors, you may have a higher chance of being awarded an in-college scholarship.
  • F.   AFROTC also offers language scholarships. MSU offers eligible degrees in Spanish, French, and German. MUW offers eligible degrees in French and Spanish.

AFROTC Detachment 425 History

Established in 1878, General Stephen D. Lee became the first president of the Agricultural and Mechanical College of the State of Mississippi. As a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and a Confederate Army general during the Civil War, Lee brought a strong military background to the new institution. He introduced the spirit of the West Point curriculum to the college.


The Military Department at Mississippi A & M was divided into two areas of instruction: the theory of tactics and their practical application. Students often staged mock battles to apply what they had learned. Instructors were frequently inspected by higher headquarters to insure their teaching was satisfactory and well founded. The entirety of the student body was organized into a corps of cadets and were in uniform everyday with bugle calls dictating the schedule. This military regimen was relaxed following Lee's retirement in 1899.

Prior to World War I, the service academies were unable to meet the growing need for military officers. In order to supply the needed officers, Congress passed the National Defense Act of 1916 which established Reserve Officer Training Corps units at various colleges and universities nationwide. In the spring of 1917, an ROTC unit was founded at Mississippi A & M. The program required four years of military training for all students. At the end of the two years, students could apply for the advanced course and receive a commission upon completion of their academic study.

During World War I, emphasis upon the campus' Military Department increased significantly. The school resembled a training camp as the demand for combat officers tripled. After the war, military activity was curtailed as the college experienced many changes, while a second war loomed on the horizon. It was during this time that the University's name changed to Mississippi State College in 1932, not becoming Mississippi State University until 1958. ROTC requirements also changed, with mandatory military classes being reduced to two years in 1932 and no requirements in 1969.

During the Second World War, the college again increased its production of officers. This war brought the concept of air power into the students' study of military tactics. In 1943 the college became a participant in the Army Air Forces Training Program. This was the real beginning of Air Force ROTC. A senior division Air ROTC was established in 1943 as a branch of Army ROTC. Under the National Security Act of 1947, however, the Air Force became a separate service and Air ROTC units were officially detached from Army ROTC. AFROTC Detachment 15 was activated 11 July 1949 at Mississippi State. This unit was later re-designated Detachment 425 on 1 August 1952. Since this date, Detachment 425 has commissioned hundreds of Air Force officers. Its tradition is firmly seated and its members consider themselves “a cut above” the rest. We are hopeful that Mississippi State University’s AFROTC heritage will press on into the 21st Century.