Military and Veterans

Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) at Charleston Southern

By Brianna Parker | November 9, 2023
Photo by Ty Cornett

Looking for a home away from home? Not sure where to go after college? Need tuition assistance? Want job security once you graduate? Take a look at the Air and Space Force for the United States military. Located on the second floor of Russell West, Detachment 772 is home to the local area’s Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC). Supporting the schools of Charleston Southern, College of Charleston, Trident Technical College, and the Medical University of South Carolina, Det 772 allows for all local students to join! Here is how you can get started. 

First, reach out the Recruiting Officer at Detachment 772, Captain Brandon Bagwell at, or call at 843-863-7408. He is also located on the second floor of Russell West. 

Next, take a look into the mental and physical health requirements for the AFROTC program. Mentally, this program is demanding as they are training and preparing students to be leaders in our military. In AFROTC, you can find a family. It is a tight knit group that goes through the highs and lows together, making sure you maintain a positive, go-getter attitude. 

Physically, there are qualifications that one must meet before commissioning as an officer in the U.S. Air and Space Force. Each cadet must pass one minute of pushups, one minute of sit-ups, and a mile and a half run with a minimum of a 75 score. Even if you do not pass on your first try, do not stress! This program will help support your physical and future goals as long as your morale stays high. 

Finally, AFROTC is a course here at Charleston Southern that you are required to attend. Every Monday and Wednesday you will have Physical Training at 0550, to work and maintain health standards. There is also an Aerospace Studies course and a Leadership Laboratory course once a week. These courses are to help prepare potential officers into becoming the best leaders they can be. 

Detachment 772 has done an outstanding job of creating the future leaders of our great nation. If you are interested in being a part of a change and serving our country, this is a great place to start. There are no commitments until your second year, so come by and give it a try!

Brianna Parker is a graduate assistant with the office of marketing and communication. She is pursuing a masters in project management.