2021 New Cadet Orientation Program (NCOP)




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Cadets after graduating NCOP 2020. 

New Cadet Letter (download PDF)


The New Cadet Orientation Program (NCOP) is a comprehensive training event focused on preparing new students for success in AFROTC. This year, NCOP will be held in two parts. The administrative day will be Aug. 19, 2021 at the University of Notre Dame, and the training will be held Sept. 24-26, 2021, also at Notre Dame.

At NCOP, new cadets are introduced to Military Culture & Heritage, Drill & Ceremony, Leadership, and Team Building. All cadets will participate in the following events:

  • PT (Physical Training)
  • Reveille and Retreat
  • Knowledge Assessments
  • Group Leadership Scenarios 
  • Capstone team-building exercise

NCOP will give cadets insight into what it is like to be in Air Force ROTC, as well as teach the basics of military life, and introduce them to the vast opportunities available as they work towards becoming an officer in the world’s greatest air force. NCOP will also help cadets transition from being a high school student to a college student, and provide tips and advice from upperclassmen on managing the demands of academics, ROTC, and the host of other extracurricular activities the schools offer. NCOP is an incredible opportunity to meet other new cadets and get a head start into the first semester. Note that participation in NCOP and the beginning of AFROTC does not incur a military service commitment. As such, come out and give it a try!

Note that participation in NCOP and the beginning of AFROTC does not incur a military service commitment. As such, come out and give it a try!

If you are interested in joining AFROTC in Fall 2021, please contact Detachment staff at:

Address:   211 Pasquerilla Center

                 University of Notre Dame

                 Notre Dame, IN 46556

Email: afrotc@nd.edu

Phone: (574) 631-6634 

Please check the links below for more information and registration materials. If you have any questions at all, please contact Detachment staff.

Priority Links

All of the information included on this page is important for understanding and succeeding in NCOP. Nevertheless, for convenience and simplicity, the most important forms and links are included below. Please continue reading for information and instructions for each.

Cadet/Family Biography

Forms Checklist

NCOP Handbook

Attending NCOP

The following documents contain important information for all individuals planning to attend NCOP, including schedules, materials to know upon arrival, etc. Please review everything carefully and contact us if you have any questions. Refer to the Cadet/Family Biography form both in the 2021 NCOP Checklist and the Forms list below, as submitting it confirms your spot in NCOP.

Admin Day will be held Aug 19, 2021 from 1 pm EDT to 5 pm EDT. More information about the training weekend will be released as the school semester progresses.

Travel Information

Admin Day will begin in Room 141 of Debartolo Hall at the University of Notre Dame. This building is directly adjacent to the Notre Dame Stadium to the west. After an initial briefing, cadets will be taken to the ROTC building, Pasquerilla Center, for in-processing. They will return to the same room in Debartolo Hall at the conclusion of Admin Day. There will be parking available at the stadium.

Campus Map

Cadet Information

Please arrive wearing khakis and a polo. This will be a formal military training environment, as well as your first impression in a four-year job interview, so look as presentable as possible. This means you should look respectable, wear clothes that are modestly fitting (nothing tight, oversized, ripped, or cut off), and follow the Air Force dress and appearance standards. Gentlemen, facial hair of any form will not be permitted for the duration of Admin Day nor the training weekend.

Please review, print out, and bring to NCOP the Cadet Handbook. This contains important information to succeed in NCOP and the beginning of AFROTC. Please be strongly familiar with all the material and come having the Warrior Knowledge memorized verbatim. You will be reciting it from memory many times at NCOP and throughout your time in AFROTC. Please print and complete the Forms Checklist and include it with all of the required documentation. More information is in the Documents section.

Cadet Handbook

Forms Checklist

Parent Information

Following an introductory briefing, there will be an information session for parents regarding the more specific details of NCOP not told to the cadets, as well as more information regarding AFROTC and Detachment 225. This meeting will be led by cadre and will be followed by a Q&A. If a parent is unable to attend the information session, please email afrotc@nd.edu for Zoom information. All forms that are to be returned after submission will be returned to the parents of the cadets upon completion of Admin Day. If no parent will be in attendance, the documents will be stored in safekeeping until the end of Admin Day and then returned to the cadet.

Forms to Be Completed

This section highlights all of the forms and documents that must be completed and brought to NCOP along with simple explanations of their purposes. Please reference the 2021 NCOP Forms Checklist for a more in depth understanding of the documents. Please note that some documents may require to be downloaded and viewed using free Adobe Acrobat Reader.


Forms Checklist - Please fill this out in its entirety and place it in a manila envelope on top of all required documentation. 


Cadet/Family Biography - Please fill out this online form ASAP as it confirms/declines a place at NCOP.


Uniform Sizing Form - This form allows NCOP staff to have uniforms ordered prior to the first day of NCOP.


Create a WINGS Account and Fill out AFROTC Application - Please follow the step-by-step instructions. Doing both are necessary to enroll in AFROTC.


AFROTC Form 28 Sports Physical - Please fill this out and have it signed by a physician if you have not completed your DoDMERB. If you are unsure if your DoDMERB is completed, please contact the Detachment. If you are not a scholarship cadet, you must provide this form to participate in any semi-physical AFROTC activity.


DD Form 2005 - Privacy Act statement for your healthcare records.


Consent for Release of Student Records - Allows the Detachment and AFROTC to access your student records.


Request and Consent for Release of Student Records - Allows your respective school to send the Detachment and AFROTC your student records.


DD Form 93 - Records your emergency information.


Direct Deposit Form - For scholarship cadets only. This sets up a direct deposit for your stipend. Fill out Blocks 1, 2, 3, and 5.


W-4 - For scholarship cadets only. Tax Form. Fill out Steps 1 and 5; enter “0” for Steps 3 and 4.


DD Form 2058 - For scholarship cadets only. Records your state of legal residence for tax purposes.


SGLV 8286 - For scholarship cadets only. Sets the foundation to have a military life insurance policy. Fill out Blocks 1 and 5.


If you have any questions regarding NCOP, please do not hesitate to reach out to the Detachment, Cadre, or NCOP staff! NCOP is a phenomenal experience, loved by most cadets who participate, and sets everyone up for success in the beginning of AFROTC. Fly, Fight, Win!

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