Admissions & Info
What is Air Force ROTC?
Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) educates and trains students to become Air Force officers while completing a traditional college degree.
Air Force ROTC cadets participate in ROTC classes, leadership lab, physical training, and cadet organizations.
The General Military Course (GMC) comprises the first two years of Air Force ROTC. The freshman and sophomore curriculum allows students to "try out" Air Force ROTC without any obligation.
Selection to attend Leadership Evaluation and Development (LEAD) during the summer after sophomore year is competitive and is based upon academic, fitness and military performance during the first three semesters in ROTC, as well as Air Force Officer Qualifying Test (AFOQT) scores. This rigorous 21-day training event is an assessment of physical and mental fortitude, commitment and teamwork. Field Training is required for all cadets who seek membership in the Professional Officer Course (POC).
The Professional Officer Course (POC) makes up the last half of Air Force ROTC. Junior and senior level courses cover advanced topics related to leadership studies, management, and aerospace power. POC cadets hone their skills by leading the cadet wing.
Upon successful completion of the ROTC program and graduation from college, cadets commission as Second Lieutenants in the United States Air Force with a guaranteed salary, to include housing and subsistence allowance, and comprehensive medical and dental benefits. For more information on officer pay, please visit AirForce.com.
What is an Officer?
Officers are trained to lead and supervise enlisted personnel. Rank, pay and career opportunities for officers are commensurate with their elevated level of responsibility. To be commissioned as an officer you must, at a minimum, have a bachelor's degree.
Can I get a scholarship?
There are many scholarship opportunities for both high school and current college students entering the program. Students seeking technical degrees such as electrical engineering, health care degrees such as nursing, or foreign language degrees will be very competitive for scholarships. Requirements and availability change, so please contact us for the most recent information. Additionally, please visit AFROTC.com for comprehensive requirements and to view the application process.
Do I qualify?
General qualifications for Air Force ROTC:
· Be a United States Citizen
· Be a full-time student
· Be physically qualified
· Be of good moral character
· Be in good academic standing (GPA above 2.0)
· Have at least three academic years remaining (*Special 2-year program currently available for May 2019 graduates and all graduate students - contact us to see if you qualify)
While Detachment 014 is located at the University of South Alabama, we have cross-town agreements with the University of Mobile (UM) and Spring Hill College (SHC). Students from SHC and UM attend ROTC events at the USA campus and receive credit for ROTC courses at their home school. If you attend one of these schools, contact us to find out more information on how you can participate in Air Force ROTC. Additionally, Detachment 014 maintains an additional operating location at the University of West Florida (UWF) where students enrolled in ROTC remain at the UWF campus.
How do I enroll?
Air Force ROTC classes are listed in the school catalog. Students should enroll in the appropriate course and associated Leadership Laboratory. Freshmen should enroll in AS101 & AS101L.
Current as of 06/20/2017