In 1947, a group of AFROTC Cadets from Ohio created the idea for an honorable society within the Air Force. They named the Society the Arnold Air Society, after General Henry H. Arnold, “one of the greatest leaders in aviation history.” In April of 1948, The United States Air Force officially recognized the Society. Fifty plus years later, AFROTC Cadets still remember and honor the qualities of Henry “Hap” Arnold through this Society.
“The Arnold Air Society is a professional, honorary service organization advocating the support of aerospace power. The “service” aspect is perhaps foremost in the mind of many members, because of the society’s continuing contributions to our campuses, our communities, and our corps–but it should always be remembered that our primary mission is to improve ourselves as future Air Force officers.”
The above quote was taken from the Arnold Air Society (AAS) website and sums up the mission of AAS perfectly. AAS is an extracurricular activity offered through Air Force ROTC. As an Air Force Cadet you will want to take part in extracurricular activities offered through the program. AAS fosters the skills that AFROTC Cadets need to have in order to succeed in the program.
AAS is not only a great way to get to know your fellow Cadets and have fun, but you also will: volunteer for the community and strengthen the relationship between the Air Force and the community, develop you leadership skills while becoming the “well rounded” individual the Air Force is looking for to make officers.
To be a member of AAS you must attend a candidate class either during fall or winter term. Within the class you learn about the history of AAS and also participate in Group Leadership Projects. These classes are informative as well as fun.
For the most part, AAS is ran and organized by cadets, so within each class, perspective AAS members will be assigned jobs like “Special Events Coordinator” whose task is to plan and help execute community service event. They must allocate jobs to other cadets, supervise conditions and pass information up the chain of command to the “Candidate Class Commander.” AAS has you operating in a way that is similar to military lifestyle; cadets will be building their leadership skills and their understanding of the Air Force simply by being part of the program.
Once a member of the Arnold Air Society there is the opportunity to attend the National Conclave. This event is hosted in different cities around the United States and AAS members from all over can attend. It is a meeting and work is done, but it is also a chance to expand horizons, meet fellow cadets from around the US, and enjoy a city you possibly haven’t visited before.
In conclusion, AAS is an amazing program that motivates Cadets while giving them an opportunity to help those around them. The U.S. Air Force is meant to help and serve its citizens and Arnold Air Society is one gateway to accomplishing that goal.