Air Force ROTC

From 1949 to 1957, the University also hosted an Air Force ROTC unit. In the words of its commanding officer, the AFROTC program was “geared to heighten the military ‘literacy’ of the young men who constitute our most vital reserve.”

Army Air Corps officers with model airplanes at a recruiting rally at Columbia College, May 1942.
Army Air Corps officers with model airplanes at a recruiting rally at Columbia College, May 1942.
Courtesy Columbia University Archives.