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Cadets at Detachment 045 have a more unique college experience than most other college students.  Once a week, cadets attend ROTC classes taught by commissioned Air Force officers (cadre members).  These classes are worth one to three credits at San Jose State University, and are part of all cadets' class schedules.  In these classes, cadets are taught about Air Force history, customs and courtesies, and leadership skills.

Every Friday, cadets attend a mandatory Leadership Laboratory (LLab) from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm.  This is an opportunity for the older cadets to practice their leadership skills, while younger cadets learn basic, but essential, skills such as marching and uniform wear.  With the cadre's approval, cadet officer organize LLab as a training environment for all cadets.  Cadets are required to be in uniform all day during LLab day.  Though it can be demanding, LLab is a great time for cadets to get to know one another and work together as a team.

Physical fitness is a necessity at Detachment 045.  Cadets are expected to exercise during their free time.  They also have the opportunity to participate in Physical Training (PT).  PT takes place in the mornings during the week, it focuses on running and strength training.  These physical fitness opportunities are offered because cadets must pass the Fitness Assessment (FA), which consists of a mile and a half run, sit-ups, and push-ups.  It is important that all cadets pass the FA so that they may qualify for Field Training and AFROTC scholarships.

Life at Detachment 045 is not all hard work.  Besides the required classes and Leadership Laboratories, many other opportunities exist for cadets to become involved in the detachment, including Arnold Air Society and the Precision Drill Unit.  Other activities such as trips to military bases are organized throughout the year for cadets who want to learn more about the military lifestyle.  The Air Force ROTC program helps fund these activities, and also offer a limited number of scholarships to qualified ROTC cadets.  Twice a year, cadets may apply for a variety of ROTC scholarships that can pay up to full college tuition.

Aside from San Jose State University, Detachment 045 serves ten other colleges and universities in the bay area, including Stanford University, U.C.  Santa Cruz, Santa Clara University, Foothill Community College, Menlo College, Mission College, National Hispanic University, Ohlone College, and West Valley College.  For more information, please contact the Unit Admissions Officer at: (408) 924 - 2960.

AFROTC Detachment 045 receives generous support from many local community organizations, including the Tennessee Ernie Ford Chapter of the Air Force Association (AF361 – Sunnyvale, CA), and the Silicon Valley Air Force Communications and Electronics Association


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