Frequently Asked Questions

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Below are some frequently asked questions that apply specifically to Detachment 365 at MIT.

• What's the time commitment to MIT's ROTC program?
• Are there any special organizations I can join?
• What types of extracurricular activities are there?
• Whom do I contact for more information?

What's the time commitment to MIT's ROTC program?

Every week, cadets attend military classes and leadership lab (LLAB). For the freshmen and sophomores, classes are 1-hour per week and 2 hours of LLAB. Freshmen can also volunteer for jobs within the cadet wing or join any of the special programs and extracurricular activities throughout the year. For juniors and above, cadets attend class 3-hours/week and attend the same LLAB. Juniors and seniors will most likely hold a position within the cadet wing, which varies in time commitment based on the job description. In addition, cadets attend one-hour physical training (PT) sessions twice each week.

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Are there any special organizations I can join?

Yes. Three of our special organizations include Arnold Air Society (AAS), Civil Air Patrol (CAP) and the Color Guard. AAS is a professional, honorary service organization, where our members practice leadership and communication in campus and community projects. AAS is also active with the Air Force Association (AFA) and other veteran organizations.

Every year, Det 365 participates in the CAP program, at no cost to participating cadets. This program was formed to encourage cooperation between AFROTC Detachments and local CAP squadrons. The program currently offers four, front-seat and four backseat sorties in a small aircraft. Det 365 participates via the Hanscom Flight Training Center, located just outside of Hanscom Air Force Base about 12 miles from campus.

The Color Guard is a joint ROTC service group that participates in honoring our flag and organization with past traditions. Ceremonies performed in the Boston area include the induction for Postmaster of Cambridge, honoring Veterans Day celebrated at Harvard and Tufts, and representing the flag and armed forces in Boston parades. They are active Air Force ROTC ambassadors on campus by providing support for home sporting events.

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What types of extracurricular activities are there?

Extracurricular activities provide cadets the opportunity to participate in Air Force and tri-service events, which would include our neighboring Navy and Army ROTC units. In the fall semester, this begins with the New Student Orientation (NSO), which is a weekend retreat for new cadets interested in joining the program. We continue in the fall with the formal Dining-In and POW/MIA vigil on campus. The spring semester includes Area Field Day, the Tri-Service Military Ball and concludes with the Tri-Service Pass-In-Review (Parade).

The cadet wing also coordinates two base visits each year. Some past base visits have included flying out to Colorado Springs for three days at Peterson Air Force Base and flying out to Las Vegas for three days at Nellis Air Force Base. Through base visits, cadets get a firsthand look at the daily operations, career opportunities, local amenities and active duty lifestyle from a specific installation.

In between all the major events, the cadets will also organize informal events to build esprit de corps. This includes a variety of social functions, such as pizza parties, movie trips, and playing paintball.

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Whom do I contact for more information?

You can call Detachment 365 during business hours at 617-253-4475 or e-mail our general box at and your message will be forwarded to the appropriate contact. Additional contact information is as follows:

Mailing address is:
AFROTC Detachment 365
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Avenue, Building W59-114
Cambridge, MA 02139-4310

FAX: 617-258-6994

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