Detachment 805 boasts a proud heritage that is intertwined with the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets. Our program traces its roots to the passing of the Morrill Land Grant Act which required colleges, such as Texas A&M, to provide instruction in military tactics and drill in order to provide trained citizen soldiers for the United States should a war break out. It was in 1876 that Texas A&M University was founded on a strip of 2,416 acres donated by Brazos Country to become The Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas to eventually become Texas A&M University. While every member of the Corps in those days began their military career as part of the Army, it wasn’t too long after that the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) detachment at Texas A&M would be founded when the Army Air Corps was eventually made into its own service, now the United States Air Force with the passing of the National Security Act of 1947 following World War II.
The Air Force ROTC detachment at Texas A&M became 1 of the 4 original detachments within the country to begin training cadets to become future U.S. Air Force officers.
Since that time, Detachment 805 has continued to produce the highest quality men and women to serve in the Department of the Air Force. With Texas A&M University being designated 1 of 5 Senior Military Colleges (SMCs) within the country, cadets experience a daily routine of service and commitment within the Corps of Cadets that prepares them to become better officers and leaders in their future careers.
Cadets continue to remain Keepers of the Spirit and Guardians of the time-honored Texas A&M traditions. To this day, cadets who contract with the Department of the Air Force still wear the “Air R.O.T.C.” patches on their Corps uniform to designate their commitment to serve in either the U.S. Air or Space Force which has been the case since Detachment 805 was created.