The Flying Tigers

We are dedicated to commissioning the best second lieutenants in the Air Force and Space Force. AFROTC Det 355 is named after the original “Flying  Tigers,”  the First American Volunteer Group organized in China before WWII.

“At last I am in China where I hope to be of some service to a people who are struggling to attain national unity and new life”
-May 31, 1937; General Claire L. Chennault diary entry

What We Stand For

Air Force ROTC at BU helps you become your best—in your career and in everything you do. We do this through leadership training and application, one-on-one mentorship, and a top-notch education—all on a campus you’ve only dreamed of. After graduation, you’ll be ready to serve as an Air Force officer or a leader in any field you choose to pursue. But more than that, you’ll be part of something great: a world-class university, a community of high achievers, and a legacy of leaders.

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Home for Boston's Cadets

Although Detachment 355 is hosted at Boston University, we maintain a crosstown agreement with Boston College, Brandeis University, Bridgewater State University, Emmanuel College, Northeastern University, Simmons University, UMass Boston, and Wentworth IT. This means we offer students from other universities the same excellent Air Force ROTC training and experience.

Cadets studying at both BU and crosstown schools attend Leadership Lab and an Aerospace Studies course on the BU Charles River campus.

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