Air Force ROTC is a four-year training program that prepares college students to become officers in the United States Air Force. The program provides education and training in the following curriculum areas:
- Profession of Arms: Gain knowledge in military officership, military law, laws of armed conflict, and military customs and courtesies.
- Communication Skills: Develop oral and written communication skills critical to military leadership.
- Leadership Studies : Develop leadership and management skills through a better understanding of the different aspects and functions of military leadership.
- Military Studies/International Security Studies: Gain a better understanding of the nature of conflict and how the United States military forces, particularly aerospace forces, are developed, organized and employed.
The first two years of the Air Force ROTC, called the General Military Course (GMC), consist of one hour of classroom work and two hours of leadership laboratory each week. After completing the first two years, cadets who wish to compete for entry into the last two years of the program, called the Professional Officer Course (POC), 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 and physical fitness test scores to determine a student’s officer potential. If selected for the POC, cadets must complete a four-week summer field training unit at an assigned Air Force base. In the POC, cadets attend class three hours a week and participate in a weekly leadership laboratory lasting two hours. Throughout the program, AFROTC emphasizes student participation and involvement. Classes often involve active student discussion or student presentations. Cadets apply what they have learned through conducting the leadership laboratories and managing the unit’s cadet wing. The cadet wing is based on the Air Force organizational pattern of flight, squadron, group and wing.
You have no obligation to join the Air Force until you accept a scholarship or enter the POC. Students are eligible to compete for scholarships which cover the costs of tuition and mandatory fees and provides a book allowance; also a $250 to $500 per month living allowance is paid to each student on scholarship or under contract.