TD-0 (Freshman Orientation)

August 20-22, 2015

Welcome to the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps at Purdue University! Training Day Zero (TD-0) is an orientation program that can help you be begin to your experience as a cadet on the right foot. Attendance is voluntary, but it is a great way to learn about Air Force ROTC before classes start and ease you into college. TD-0 will be August 20-22 and will teach you the basics needed to perform as a new cadet. It will also help you feel more prepared and knowledgeable about AFROTC in general. Throughout the course of the program you will be taught basic drill movements, learn how to wear your uniform, experience your first physical training (PT) session, and meet many of your fellow cadets. TD-0 is run by sophomore cadets who will show you the ropes and be a major source of information and assistance during your first year.

There will be a team-building challenge for at TD-0. In order to participate in the event, all cadets must bring the completed Boiler Challenge Release Form to the first day of TD-0 (Thursday, 20 August 2015). Note that those cadets who will be under 18 as of 20 August 2015 will need to have the form signed by their parents.

TD-0 will occur on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday of Boiler Gold Rush (BGR). I would still encourage you to attend BGR Monday-Wednesday as there will be plenty of time for you to get the most out of both BGR and TD-0. To confirm your attendance at TD-0, please fill out the online RSVP Form.

For ALL new cadets: Please bring your original birth certificate and social security card as well as a printout/copy of your ACT/SAT scores. Also, complete the sports physical and questionnaire before you come to TD-0. You can schedule to have it done with your family physician over the summer or on campus. If you do not have this done, you will not be able to participate in some TD-0 activities. You may e-mail or fax the completed forms ahead of time to or 765-494-2047.

For all cadets who will be on scholarship: Your original birth certificate and social security card are required. Also, please bring your completed direct deposit form and, if you will be under 18 as of 22 August 2015, page 6 of your contract (AF Form 1056) and Freshman Review Statement of Understanding signed by your parents. You will be receiving a mailing from the detachment with further information.

There is a level of physical fitness which is expected of all of the cadets in AFROTC. To help you meet these standards and hopefully exceed them, we have included a six-week physical training regimen to prepare you physically before the program begins.

REMINDER: All incoming Freshmen need to add AFT 110, AFT 111 (Th 7:30-9:20), and PES 114 - AFROTC Conditioning to their schedules for Fall 2015. If you are new cadet who will be starting as a sophomore, please contact the detachment for more information.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Detachment 220 by phone at 765-494-2042, or by email at If you have specific questions regarding TD-0, please contact them by e-mail at

This page current as of June 26, 2015