Air Force ROTC Detachment 490 was established in 1949 at the Newark College of Engineering in Newark, New Jersey.
Even before it was known by the name it is today, the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) has remained a steadfast partner of the Air Force and its ROTC mission. For roughly 75 years, AFROTC Detachment 490 has been training and commissioning STEM graduates as leaders and Second Lieutenants for the Department of the Air Force. Located in the heart of the Tri-state area and with nine crosstown schools to choose from, Detachment 490 contains a highly diverse group of student cadets.
Detachment 490 offers incredible leadership training to prepare eligible cadets for a successful future as a commissioned officer in the United States Air Force or Space Force. Whether it is the Nighthawk Honor Guard Drill Team, Arnold Air Society, or Supplementary Military Training sessions, Detachment 490 gives cadets the tools to succeed.
The Cadet Corps focuses on the Air Force Core Values of Integrity First, Service Before Self, Excellence In All We Do, and principles including "never leave an Airman behind." The bonds and friendships that you make 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.