Air Force ROTC is a college program that prepares you to become an Air Force Officer. It's a challenge. It's an opportunity. It's a head-start to a lifetime of success within the Air Force.
- The opportunity to get the money you need for college
- Making the most out of your college experience and out of life
- The chance to earn a college degree while working toward becoming an officer in the United States Air Force
- The chance to experience once-in-a-lifetime opportunities
- The chance to form life-long friendships
Air force ROTC provides you with a challenging program to hone your time management, physical fitness and analytical skills, and helps you push yourself to achieve your goals. For those who are up to the challenge, the rewards last a lifetime.
To launch an Air Force career through AFROTC, enroll in the appropriate AS (Aerospace Studies) class and corresponding Leadership Laboratory. AFROTC courses are accredited and offered to the entire student body. Once students have enrolled, they are eligible to begin the application process, which includes a physical exam. We encourage interested students to visit the detachment and talk with cadets. Call or stop by anytime!
The General Military Course (GMC) is taken during the freshman and sophomore years. This is a chance to take the Air Force out for a test-drive with no service commitment. GMC students are eligible to compete for in-college scholarships. The GMC classes are 1 credit hour and include an introduction to the Air Force and the history of US airpower. Students who complete the GMC progress into the second half of the program, the Professional Officer's Course (POC). Prior to entry into the POC, students must complete a 4-week summer Field Training encampment. Both GMC and POC participate in a Leadership Laboratory once a week with POC playing a more active role in coordinating unit activities. Cadets will also participate in physical training twice a week.
In addition to AFROTC duties, cadets can take on a variety of military extra-curricular activities to further expand their development as future officers.
New Student Orientation (NSO): NSO is conducted before university freshmen orientations. This optional, four-day program is a great start to the AFROTC program.
Honor Guard & Drill Team: Cadets have the opportunity to participate in military Honor Guard and Drill Team events -- even presenting the colors at various sporting events!
Arnold Air Society (AAS): As the professional, honorary service organization of AFROTC, AAS offers a chance to develop as leaders through community service projects.
Service and Obligation
After earning a degree and completing all required AFROTC requirements, cadets are commissioned into the United States Air Force as Second Lieutenants. The total military service obligation is 8 years - all graduates are called to active duty for 4 years and are subject to recall for an additional 4 years as in-active reservists. Officers who attend additional training, including pilot training, incur different lengths of commitment. Initially enrolling in an AFROTC class carries no obligation.
Pay and Benefits
When friends are struggling to find jobs after college, you will already have a job waiting for you where you come in at a position equivalent to civilian upper management! The benefits include:
A military commission (requires college degree and completion of AFROTC requirements)
Appointment by the President of the United States
The possibility of world travel?
Tax-free Housing and Subsistence allowance each month in addition to base pay
You will also receive 30 days of vacation plus government holidays.
In AFROTC, we do not simply teach you about leadership, we give you a chance to put learning into action. The weekly leadership laboratory is a cadet-run activity, planned and carried out by senior cadets. Activities can include drill and ceremony instruction, physical fitness training, sports competition, and guest speaker presentations. Besides conducting leadership laboratories, you will help lead and manage the cadet organization to prepare yourself for your future responsibilities as a second lieutenant.
Field training is an intensive, 27-day program that you attend in the summer after your sophomore year. This rigorous program involves physical conditioning, weapons exposure, and survival training. As an insight to expeditionary operations, Field Training is your opportunity to develop your skills and as both a leader and team member.
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