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Dear New AF ROTC Students,  

   On Behalf of the Detachment 842 Commander, Lt Col Tricia Kobberdahl,  Welcome to Air Force ROTC!  We look forward to the start of a new academic year, and we look forward to meeting you all face to face.  We will host our Air Force ROTC Orientation on Saturday, 25 August, starting at 9:00am, at the UTSA University Center (UC), in the Retama Auditorium.

   Parents are welcome to join us for the Orientation.  Our Detachment Commander will present information on our great Detachment, and you will get to meet our Cadre and the Cadet Wing Commander.  Following the opening comments, new students will be broken down into smaller groups and begin a rotation through different stations.  You will fill out some paperwork, get a sports physical so you can do Physical Training (PT) with us, get fitted for uniforms, and have a Question & Answer session.  We will stop in the middle of the Orientation for lunch that will be provided by the Detachment.  We anticipate being finished by 3:00pm.  Parents will be finished within the first hour or so.  Thus, they may want to leave for the rest of the day.  Please keep this in mind if you are riding together, or need to coordinate a ride home after the Orientation. 

   There will be a landing fee of $30.00 (in cash or check written out to “Det 842 Booster Club”) to be brought with you on 25 August.  This fee will cover your Sports Physical, and some AF ROTC items required during PT.  All Air Force uniform items are provided by AF ROTC.

Here is a list of things to bring with you to Orientation:

- SAT and/or ACT scores ,,, bring them both if you’ve taken both (bring copies for us to keep)

- Your original Social Security Card and a copy for us to keep

- Your Birth Certificate and a copy for us to keep

- If you are not a U.S. Citizen by Birth, then bring your Proof of Citizenship (and a copy for us to keep)

- Form 20.  Please print out this form front to back, and fill it out as much as possible prior to coming to orientation.  If there is a part you don’t understand, just leave it blank.  We will go over the form in detail during Orientation

- Copies of College Transcripts if you have over 15 semester hours (copies are fine, don’t need originals)

As you get ready for the start of the term, there are a few things to keep in mind:

1. If you are not already doing any kind of physical fitness, you need to start TODAY.  Focus on running/cardio, and upper body (push-up and sit-up exercises).

2.  Many of you have already contacted me, but for the rest of you, please let me know if any of the following applies to you:

-          If you feel you may be over the Air Force weight limits

-          If you are single or married to a military person, and have a child

-          If you are married and have two or more children

-          If you are a male and your name is listed as a father on a birth certificate but the child is not living with you

-          If you take any daily medication

-          If you have ever been arrested

-          If you have more than 30 credit college hours

3.  I encourage you to visit www.afrotc.com to learn more about the AF ROTC program, become familiar with the requirements, and be ready to take full advantage of all the opportunities!  You can also check out our website www.utsa.edu/afrotc for more information about our program.

We are excited you have decided to join us.  We have an EXCELLENT program, and are proud to be known as the “Best in Blue.”

If you have any urgent questions, please email me back.  Otherwise we will see you and answer all your questions on Saturday, 25 Aug.  See you there!


Maj Bob Altemus

Robert J. Altemus, Major, USAF
AFROTC Detachment 842
University of Texas San Antonio
(210) 458-5620



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