College of Social and Behavioral Science
Department Office: 1901 E. South Campus Drive, Room 2012
Department Chair: Lt Col Angelique P. Brown
The Department of Aerospace Studies offers three and four year programs for students interested in the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC). These programs provide students with the education and training necessary to commission into the United States Air Force (USAF). Upon successful completion of the Aerospace Studies curriculum and a bachelors degree of the student’s choice they will become Lieutenants in the USAF. The education and training received ensure that students understand and appreciate the mission and global responsibilities of members of the USAF.
The Department of Aerospace Studies offers academic preparation in interdisciplinary areas including communication skills, leadership studies, decision making theory, policy formation, ethics, values and management principles and practices. The core course include an introduction to the Air Force, its history, leadership, and National Security Affairs. All students are free to enter the General Military Course (first two years) with no obligation, while entry into the Professional Officer Course is selected and normally initiated during the student’s sophomore year.
Please see the Aerospace Studies Minor listed in the Program and Course Offerings section
Enrollment is open to men and women who:
- Are U.S. citizens or applicants for naturalization. (Non-U.S. citizens may participate in the General Military Course for academic credit only.)
- Are at least 14 years of age.
- Are enrolled as full-time students in a program leading to an academic degree (bachelor’s degree or higher).
Additional qualifications for admittance to the Professional Officer Course include:
- Complete 1 through 3, above, plus the following:
- The General Military Course (four-year program) and a four-week field training course, or a six-week field training course (two-year program).
- Complete all commissioning requirements prior to the following:
- Age 29 if a pilot or navigator candidate, or
- Age 34 for all other categories. Waivers to extend the maximum age may be granted on a case-by-case basis.
- Meet the physical standards for general military service.
- Attain the current minimum scores on the Air Force Officer Qualifying Test.
- Have a recommendation from a board of Air Force officers.
- Are at least 17 years old and enlist in the Air Force Reserve prior to entering the POC.
- Complete a course in mathematical reasoning (MATH 1010 or above, or any computer-science course).
The requirements for commissioning include successful completion of the Professional Officer Course and field training, completion of a bachelor’s or higher degree, and acceptance of a commission in the U.S. Air Force.
There is no military service commitment for students in the General Military Course unless the student has an AFROTC scholarship. Those entering the Professional Officer Course incur an active-duty service commitment of not less than four (4) years after receiving a reserve commission. POC graduates who are navigator candidates agree to serve six (6) years of active duty after graduation from navigator training. POC graduates who are pilot candidates accept ten (10) years of active duty service after graduation from pilot training.
All AFROTC contracted cadets receive a tax free allowance of $250-$600 per academic month depending on their student status (Sophomore, Junior, or Senior). During the summer, field-training-session cadets are paid approximately $500 per month in addition to free room, board, and transportation.
Uniforms and Texts
All Air Force texts and uniforms are furnished at no expense to the student. However, return of all items is mandatory if a student drops or fails to meet training requirements.
AFROTC scholarships are available to qualified applicants in both four and three-year programs. Each scholarship provides full tuition (up to $9,000), laboratory and incidental fees, and limited reimbursement for curriculum-required textbooks. In addition, scholarship cadets receive a nontaxable cash allowance each month during the academic year while on scholarship status. Scholarships are available on a competitive basis for two and one-half, three, or three and one-half years. Applications High School scholarships should be made on the web site @ www.AFROTC.com. In College scholarships are based on academic performance, fitness requirements, AFOQT scores, and a Commander’s rating.
AFROTC also offers express scholarships to qualified nursing applicants, Engineers, and Foreign Languages; please see express Scholarships @ www.AFROTC.com for further information and qualifying degree plans and enrollment.
Two basic routes to an Air Force Commission are available to college students in the AFROTC. Entering students may enroll in the AFROTC four-year program, and those with at least two and a half academic years remaining may apply for the two-year program. Students having an intermediate amount of school remaining (e.g., three years) may enroll in an adjusted four-year program.
Four-Year Program. Matriculated students may pursue the four-year program. Enrollment procedures for the first two years of AFROTC, known as the General Military Course, are the same as for any other college course. The GMC consists of one hour of course work and two hours of leadership laboratory each week.
Prior to the Spring Semester of the sophomore year, cadets may apply for the last two years of the program, the Professional Officer Course. Requirements for entry into the POC are listed earlier under General Requirements. If selected for the POC, GMC cadets are scheduled to attend a four-week field training course at an Air Force base during the summer months.
Credit for portions of the GMC may be given for completion of two or more years of high school Junior ROTC, participation in Civil Air Patrol, military school or academy training, or prior service in any branch of the U.S. Armed Forces.
Students enrolled in AFROTC may major in any field.
Each applicant must successfully complete a four-week field training course at an Air Force base during the summer months. This course provides academic and military preparation for entry into the POC. Those fulfilling all requirements to include the successful completion of field training will complete enrollment procedures upon return to campus. Application for the two-year program should be made early in the academic year (normally prior to Spring Semester of the sophomore year) so that requirements may be completed in time for assignment to summer field training.
Program and Course Offerings