The Department of Defense recently recognized Texas A&M’s Air Force Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (AFROTC) Detachment 805, the Corps of Cadets, and Texas A&M University for exceptional performance, awarding them the Academic Year 2018-2019 Host Educational Institutional Partnership Award. Out of the 496 ROTC units within the Department of Defense, Texas A&M’s AFROTC Detachment 805 was recognized for its exceptional partnership with Texas A&M to develop the next generation of military leaders. Of the 145 Air Force detachments in the country, Detachment 805 was recognized as the top Air Force detachment.

Recipients of the prestigious award are evaluated in three categories: Performance, Educational Institution Support, and other noteworthy achievements. Detachment 805 excelled in all three categories through their excellent partnerships with the Corps of Cadets and Texas A&M University, demonstrating all around superior performance in every category.

Texas A&M’s Detachment 805 is the Air Force’s largest ROTC unit, with over 700 cadets and 15 staff. Detachment 805 also boasts a strong academic performance, with an overall 3.11 grade point average.

The Department of Defense usually honors those institutions who have distinguished themselves to earn this award with a formal, in-person presentation. However, due to the current COVID-19 global pandemic, a formal in-person presentation will not take place this year.

“We are proud of Detachment 805’s recognition and the close partnership we continue to have with them. This is a well-deserved recognition, and we are sincerely grateful and proud of Detachment 805, the Corps of Cadets, and Texas A&M University for the close, collaborative relationship we maintain to ensure the success of our cadets – especially those seeking a future career in the United States Air Force,” said Brigadier General Joe E. Ramirez, Jr., Commandant of Cadets.

The Corps of Cadets is the largest, oldest and most visible student organization and leadership training program at Texas A&M. Membership in the organization is voluntary and does not include a requirement to join the Armed Forces. Almost 60% of the Corps does not commission into the military, though the Corps of Cadets consistently commissions more individuals into the service than any other institution outside of the service academies.

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