Welcome to the on-line home of Air Force ROTC Detachment 585! Established in 1951, Det 585 is located on the campus of Duke University and proudly serves both Duke and North Carolina Central Universities. Eagerly executing the mission of Air Force ROTC—producing quality leaders for the Air Force—Det 585 conducts a military educational program designed to give young men and women the opportunity to become Air Force officers while earning a college degree.
There are several reasons why Det 585 may be an ideal match for you. Our small detachment size allows for incredible leadership opportunities for all deserving cadets; additionally, our cadre provide personal attention and quality mentoring to each and every cadet. We boast some of the nation’s finest instructors and staff—they are hand-picked by HQ AFROTC and approved by Duke University faculty committee, so a Master’s degree or higher is required. Our incredibly talented and diverse cadet wing translates into many desirable Air Force careers, including pilot, lawyer, doctor, nurse, engineer, and intelligence analyst; many obtain a scholarship during their tenure, and a select few also earn “Distinguished Graduate” status, which recognizes the overall best commissioning 2nd lieutenants from across the nation. In addition to our New Cadet Orientation program, which immerses new students into cadet/Air Force life, we host various extracurricular activities, such as AF base visits, paintball competitions, Duke basketball color guard, volunteer opportunities, and social events.
I invite you to check out our website, including the links to associated Air Force websites, and then follow-up by contacting us for any further information. Whether you're a prospective cadet, a parent of a prospective cadet, current cadet, Det alumnus, or a friend of Det 585, I trust you will find the information useful and entertaining. Thanks for visiting, and please call or email us directly with any questions!
Lt Col Michael Martinez