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Vision

Quality, Leadership, and Excellence.

Mission

To prepare cadets for positions as United States Air Force Officers and to equip them with the skills they need to excel.

About Us

Air Force ROTC Detachment 490 at the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark, NJ has always been a small detachment. However, over the last few semesters the detachment has grown significantly larger. Last summer, there were 20 FTP cadets selected to go to Field Training. With a larger senior class the expectations are higher and the quality of work is raised to a higher standard.

Detachment 490 offers incredible leadership training to prepare you for a successful future as a commissioned officer in the United States Air Force. Besides providing cadets with quality Leadership Lab sessions, Detachment 490 offers additional training to develop the knowledge and skills needed to surpass your peers. Whether it is the Nighthawk Honor Guard Drill Team, Arnold Air Society, or Supplementary Military Training sessions, Detachment 490 gives cadets the tools to suceed. This is why the selection rate for entry into the pilot, combat systems officer, and air battle manager career fields has consistently surpassed the national average.

Located in the heart of the Tri-state area, Detachment 490 accepts cadets from all over Northern New Jersey. With 12 cross-town schools to choose from, the Detachment contains a highly diverse group of students. The Cadet Corps focuses on the Air Force Core Values and principles, including "never leave an Airman behind." The bonds and friendships that you make here in this program will follow you throughout your academic career and even after you graduate. This detachment is not only an opportunity to jump start your career as an Air Force Officer, but an opportunity to join something more than just a program - a family.