Since 1981, Detachment 442 has prepared Missouri University of Science & Technology (formerly University of Missouri-Rolla) students for service in the US Air Force. Our cadets excel in training, and our alumni make a profound difference every day.
We train prospective Air Force officers for jobs including, but not limited to, pilots, navigators, doctors, engineers, scientists and nurses. If you succeed, you will earn a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force.

 Our History.

The very first Air Force ROTC detachment at UMR was established in 1971, but due to low enrollment throughout the campus, it was deactivated in 1976. There was no information about the very first Cadre members for that time period.

In August of 1981, UMR applied for an Air Force ROTC charter, competing against over 100 universities and colleges in the nation. UMR was 1 of the only 4 colleges awarded with the charter due to the quality of academic programs, students and outstanding student interest. The initial staff consisted of 2 officers, 2 Non-Commissioned Officers, and 1 secretary.

The first Professor of Aerospace Studies was Lt. Col. Lynn B. Ralston, assigned in April of 1982. The Commandant of Cadets was Capt. Robert S. Buck, assigned in July of 1982. He also took the positions of Flight Instruction Program Coordinator and Instructor of the Professional Corps. Out of the 70 students who first applied during the 1982-1983 academic year, 14 of those cadets received scholarships during their fall semester.

Source: UM-Rolla: A History of MSM/UMR By Lawrence O. Christensen & Jack B. Ridley, University of Missouri Printing Services, UM-Columbia Columbia, MO 65211 Copyright 1983

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