Lieutenant Colonel J. Heath Duncan, Head
Assistant Professors: Caywood
108 General Richard B. Myers Hall
The Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps provides the best means for undergraduate students to become officers in the United States Air Force. Upon completion of the university program, students are commissioned second lieutenants, and then enter active duty in one of the four rated flying positions, or a technical or nontechnical career field; are deferred for graduate study, to enter active service after degree completion; or enter into Air Force-sponsored graduate study at full pay while serving as Air Force officers.
Any undergraduate student with at least three years left in their degree program who is a U.S. citizen may apply to become a cadet by enrolling in AERO 110 and AERO 099. The duration of the program is typically four years but can be condensed into three, depending upon an applicant’s previous experience and the availability of different options.
Full-time students who qualify to become Air Force officers, with three or more years left for degree completion (including graduate study), are eligible to apply for scholarships. If selected, students will have their tuition, fees, and book allowance paid for by the U.S. Air Force; they will also receive a $300 to $500 monthly stipend while in school. All payments are tax free.
High school students considering the four-year Air Force College Scholarship Program must be highly motivated toward becoming Air Force officers. To qualify, students should be above-average scholars, be physically capable, possess leadership potential, and apply before December of their senior year. Financial benefits are the same as the undergraduate scholarships mentioned earlier. Applicants should contact their high school counselor or an AFROTC officer for applications and further information. Visit the website for more details.
Students electing the four-year program normally will begin with the General Military Course during the freshman or sophomore year. This program consists of four semesters of 1 credit hour each and enrollment in AERO 099. Aerospace Studies GMC courses are open to all students at the university without obligation to military service. Students in the GMC are provided uniforms, texts, and other equipment needed for their AFROTC courses.
The Professional Officer Course is the upperclass program and consists of four courses of 3 credit hours each, over a period of four semesters. All cadets in the POC become members of the Air Force Reserve and receive $400 to $500 a month and all necessary AFROTC texts and equipment. Upon completion of the POC and their degree requirements, students are commissioned as second lieutenants in the United States Air Force.
Cadets practice their leadership and management skills in a cadet group. Cadets who are in the four-year program attend four weeks of field training at an Air Force base during the summer prior to entering the POC. During training, cadets are paid and receive travel pay to and from the training base.
Students enrolled in Air Force ROTC may participate in many activities including detachment-sponsored events and social functions. Cadets pursuing officers’ commissions are eligible for membership in the Arnold Air Society, a national honorary professional and service organization established to foster good relations among Air Force ROTC, the Air Force, the campus, and the local community. Participation in the Arnold Air Society is voluntary. Students are also eligible to participate in Honor Guard, a team that presents the colors at University and local community events.