OF AIR FORCE STUDIES (AFROTC)
Chair: Lt Col James N. Tucker (460-7211)
Air Force ROTC offers students a course of study leading to a commission as a second lieutenant. Designed to complement individual academic majors, AFROTC courses can be applied toward minor requirements. Cadets enrolled in the program represent a broad cross section of the student body. The student/cadet has an opportunity to explore and evaluate Air Force career opportunities while earning a college degree. Completion of the AFROTC curriculum is the initial step in the education of the professional officer and provides a firm understanding of basic aerospace doctrine and the Air Force missions, organization, and operation.
The Air Force ROTC program consists of two phases: the General Military Course (GMC) and the Professional Officer Course (POC). Each phase requires four (4) semesters of study.
COURSE (THE BASIC COURSE)
OFFICER COURSE (THE ADVANCED COURSE)
Junior-year materials emphasize student involvement in learning and practicing management and leadership techniques. Leadership and management skills as they apply to a junior officer in the Air Force are emphasized, and communication skills are stressed throughout the entire AFROTC curriculum. The senior-year course deals extensively with the political, economics, and social factors relating to the formulation and implementation of national security policy.
Cadets receive a non-taxable allowance of $150 per month while on contract (normally during the two academic years in the POC). This stipend is in addition to any other scholarship benefits.
When attending either field training course, a student is furnished transportation or payment for travel plus pay at the current rate of approximately $600 per month. Uniforms and free medical care are furnished while at field training. Students attending a five-week field training course receive academic credit for the full two years of courses in the GMC.
COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
Three and four-year scholarships are also available to high school students. High school students interested in applying should call the Department of Air Force Studies at (334)460-7211 or write the Department of Air Force Studies (AFROTC), University of South Alabama, SRH 156, Mobile, AL 36688-0002.
FORCE ROTC UNIFORMS
The POC consists of four semesters of study, and this advanced course leads to a commission in the United States Air Force. Three classroom hours and two hours of Leadership Laboratory are required weekly. Students interested in this program should contact the Professor of the Air Force Studies.
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