Cadet Life

A community as ambitious as you are

It’s rare to be surrounded by students who share a passion for service, the drive to succeed, and the desire to get the most out of college.

That’s what it’s like to be a cadet at IU. We are a tight-knit community of individuals who support and challenge each other every day.

There’s a place for you here.

I like the leadership skills and professionalism that you learn and experience while in the program. Having worked in the civilian world for some years, I understand how vital and essential these skills are to your success.

Lamar, cadet majoring in law and public policy

You’re a cadet, but an IU student first.

Being a cadet only enhances your IU experience—with more opportunities to explore, one-on-one mentorship, and a community where you belong.

Live on campus your first year, and then choose where to live. Study any major in IU’s top-ranked schools and departments. Take one Aerospace Studies course and Leadership Lab each semester. You’ll be in uniform once a week, and your hair just needs to meet Air Force standards while in uniform.

What does four years in Air Force ROTC look like?

See cadet career path
Two cadets in a makeshift boat race in an outdoor pool regatta competition.
Cadets sit around an evening campfire.
Cadets perform pushups in a sports field.

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Many of our cadets compete in the Little 500 bike race, one of the most iconic traditions at IU.

Serve your community

Being a cadet is much more than marching and training. Our cadets are passionate about helping others. We often host community events, volunteer time in local shelters and soup kitchens, and support blood drives.

Get involved on and off campus

Cadets are some of the most active students on campus. Whether they’re a part of Air Force ROTC student organizations or one of the 750 student organizations on campus, our cadets are leaders and doers.

Arnold Air Society

As part of the national honorary Arnold Air Society, cadets have more opportunities to lead their fellow cadets and receive extra preparation for field training. Arnold Air Society members also have the chance to attend regional and national conventions to receive mentoring from senior Air Force leaders and network with cadets from other detachments.