The Dining-Out is an exciting event for AFJROTC Det. 061 Cadets, Instructors, their families, and special guests. It is an annual event held every fall to celebrate the start of the new school year and to bring together members of the unit in an atmosphere of camaraderie, good fellowship, and social rapport. The basic idea is to enjoy yourself and the company.
The Dining-Out represents the most formal aspects of Air Force social life. The custom is a very old tradition, although its origin is not clear. Formal feasts to honor military victories and individual achievements have been customary from pre-Christian Roman legions to King Arthur’s knights in the sixth century. The Air Force Dining-In custom probably began in the 1930s with General H. “Hap” Arnold’s “wing-dings.” The close bonds enjoyed by Air Corps officers and their British colleagues of the Royal Air Force during World War II surely added to the American involvement in the dining-in custom.
The Dining-Out has served the Air Force well as an occasion for military members and their guests to meet socially at a formal military function. It enhances the esprit de corps of units, lightens the load of demanding day-to-day work, gives leadership an opportunity to meet socially with their subordinates and enables military members of all ranks to create bonds of friendship and better working relations through an atmosphere of good fellowship.