U.S. Air Force ROTC

Admissions and Information
What is Air Force ROTC?

Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) is a four year education and training program that gives students the opportunity to become Air Force officers while completing a traditional college degree.

As a member of Air Force ROTC, cadets take ROTC classes and also participate in leadership lab, physical training, and other ROTC activities.

General Military Course (GMC) - This is the first two years of ROTC. The freshman and sophomore curriculum allows students to "try out" Air Force ROTC without any obligation.

Field Training - Selection to attend field training is competitive and is based upon performance, grades, ACT/SAT, and fitness during the first three semesters in ROTC. Cadets attend during the summer between the sophomore and junior years. This rigorous 28 day training is an assessment of physical and mental toughness, dedication, commitment, teamwork and ability to perform under stress. It is an outstanding opportunity to develop skills as a leader and team member.  Field Training is required for all cadets who seek membership in the Professional Officer Course (POC).

Professional Officer Course (POC) - This is the last half of the program.  The junior and senior level courses cover more 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 starting salary of around $45,000 a year.

What is an Officer?

Officers are trained to be the leaders and supervisors of 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. 

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
    · Have at least three academic years remaining

Cross-town Program

Detachment 014 is located at The University of South Alabama, but we have cross-town agreements with the University of Mobile, Spring Hill College, and the University of West Florida.  Students from SHC and UM attend ROTC events at the USA campus.  UWF students attend events at the UWF campus.  Students 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.

How do I enroll?

Air Force ROTC classes are listed in the school catalog.  At USA, freshmen should sign up for AS101 (Fall) or AS102 (Spring) as well as Leadership Lab, AS101L or AS102L.


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