The Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps (AFROTC) program emphasizes the leadership and management skills that prepare cadets to assume a regular commission in the active United States Air Force. Courses and activities teach military customs and courtesies, core values, leadership and ethics, and policy formation.
Air Force ROTC offers a pathway from college to many exciting career possibilities as an Air Force officer: flying, engineering, intelligence, computer systems, aircraft maintenance, management, etc. Scholarships are available, and vary in size and length, and cover tuition, books, and fees. The maximum age for commissioning is 35.
The first two years of the Air Force ROTC program, the General Military Course, consist of one hour of classroom work and two hours of leadership laboratory each week.
Upon completion of the General Military Course requirements, cadets who wish to compete for entry into the last two years of the program, the Professional Officer Course, must do so under the requirements of the Professional Officer Course selection system. This system uses qualitative factors, such as grade point average, unit commander evaluation, aptitude test scores and physical fitness test scores to determine a student’s officer potential. After selection, students must successfully complete a summer four-week field training encampment at an assigned Air Force base before entering the Professional Officer Course. Cadets enrolled in the Professional Officer Course attend class three hours a week and participate in a weekly leadership laboratory lasting two hours.
In the Professional Officer Course, cadets apply what they learned in the General Military Course and at field training. Professional Officer Course cadets conduct the leadership laboratories and manage the unit’s cadet wing. Professional Officer Course classes emphasize group discussions and cadet presentations. Classroom topics included leadership and management, communication skills, and national defense policy.
Once enrolled in the Professional Officer Course, all cadets are enlisted in the Air Force Reserve and assigned to the Obligated Reserve Section. This entitles them to a monthly nontaxable subsistence allowance during the academic year of $450 per month for juniors and $500 per month for seniors.
Catalog Publish Date: August 18, 2011
This Page Last Updated: August 7, 2009
Effective Date of Archive: December 19, 2011