Air Force Studies (Air Force ROTC)
Air Force ROTC is designed to include one course in Air Force Studies each semester for four years. However, a two-year option is available. To participate in the two-year program, interested students must contact the department no later than the beginning of the sophomore year second semester. Please contact the Office of Air Force Studies for more information.
A number of scholarships are available to qualified students in AFROTC. The scholarships pay full tuition, provide reimbursement for required books and fees, and provide $300 to $500 (tax free) per month, based on AFROTC year completed.
Advanced AFROTC courses (junior- and senior-level) are open not only to students who choose to work toward officer's commissions and who meet established aptitude, academic and physical standards required of officers, but also to other interested students.
General Military Course
The General Military Course (GMC) is designed for freshman and sophomore students who wish to explore the opportunity to pursue Air Force officer’s commissions while studying the role of air power in today’s society. Each General Military Course has a corequisite lab course each semester.
Professional Officer Course
The Professional Officer Course (POC), normally taken during the cadet’s junior and senior years, is designed to commission highly qualified junior officers for the United States Air Force. This course concentrates on two main themes: concepts of leadership and management and national security forces in contemporary society.
Enrollment in the Professional Officer Course is open to all students who have met prerequisites, who have four semesters of school remaining (may include graduate studies), and who have received approval from the professor of Air Force studies. Please consult the department for details.
Three credit hours per semester, or a total of 12 credit hours, are granted for completion of the Professional Officer Course, plus one credit hour per semester for lab. Students enrolled in the program are paid a tax-free, $350-to-$400-per-month subsistence allowance.
AFROTC Field Training
Field training (FT) is offered during the summer months at selected Air Force bases throughout the United States. Each applicant for the Professional Officer Course should attend a summer field training course before his or her junior year. A student who has completed the GMC is assigned to a four-week training unit. Students not completing the GMC must attend five weeks of field training. This requirement must be fulfilled prior to enrollment in the Professional Officer Course; however, this requirement can be deferred.
The major areas of field training include junior officer training, aircraft and aircrew orientation, career orientation, survival training, base functions, Air Force environment, and physical training.
AFROTC College Scholarship Program
The AFROTC awards scholarships at the freshman, sophomore, junior, senior and graduate levels. These scholarships cover full tuition, laboratory expenses, incidental fees and required textbooks. Cadets on scholarship also receive $300–$500 each month as a nontaxable subsistence allowance during the school year. Apply for this scholarship online at afrotc.com. High-school students applying for scholarships are evaluated on the basis of:
- achievement on the CEEB Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or American College Test (ACT)
- high-school academic record
- high-school record of extracurricular and athletic activities
- recommendation by members of the community and by high-school teachers
- tentative medical eligibility as reported by personal physician
College students who are enrolled in AFROTC (or are considering enrolling in AFROTC) and who meet the eligibility requirements may submit their applications directly to the professor of Air Force studies. The professor of Air Force studies will assemble a selection committee of AFROTC detachment officers who will interview and evaluate each applicant. The information gathered by the committee is forwarded to AFROTC, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. There, the central board reviews all nominees and selects scholarship recipients, who are notified by the professor of Air Force studies. Once awarded a scholarship, a cadet continues on scholarship status until graduation and commissioning, unless he or she falls below the scholarship retention standard. College students are evaluated on the basis of:
- achievement on the Air Force officer qualifying test
- college grade point average
- physical fitness test
- unit commander’s evaluation
- medical examination
All Air Force ROTC courses are fully accredited university classes. Credit for these courses can be applied toward elective credit or a minor in civic engagement and leadership through the College of Arts and Sciences. This minor consists of 19 semester hours, of which at least six hours must be 300- or 400-level courses. In addition, students must take PHL 292 Introduction to Ethics or PHL 221 Honors Introduction to Ethics and NEW 237 Cooperation & Conflict or NEW 238 Honors: Coop. & Conflict. Students may apply up to 12 semester hours of Air Force studies courses toward the civic engagement and leadership minor. It is recommended that Air Force ROTC cadets apply credit for AFS 350 Usaf Leadership Studies, AFS 360 Usaf Leadership Studies, AFS 470 National Security Affair and AFS 480 National Security Affair toward this minor and take PHL 292 Introduction to Ethics or PHL 221 Honors Introduction to Ethics and NEW 237 Cooperation & Conflict or NEW 238 Honors: Coop. & Conflict. This course of action provides 12 semesters hours of credit toward the minor, meets the 300- or 400-level course requirements, and provides core degree credit for a humanities course. For additional details, please contact Air Force ROTC at (205) 348-5900.
Uniforms and Equipment
Students are furnished uniforms and other necessary items through the AFROTC supply officer. Upon a student’s withdrawal, uniforms and all other supplies must be returned to AFROTC within 72 hours. The full deposit will be refunded, minus laundry charges, to students who return all uniforms and equipment. AFROTC texts are furnished to all AFROTC students without charge.
AFS 101. Leadership Laboratory. 1 sem. hr.
AFS 102. Leadership Laboratory. 1 sem. hr.
AFS 110. Foundations Of The Usaf. 1 sem. hr.
AFS 120. Foundations Of The Usaf. 1 sem. hr.
AFS 201. Leadership Laboratory. 1 sem. hr.
AFS 202. Leadership Laboratory. 1 sem. hr.
AFS 230. Evolutn Of Us Air Power. 1 sem. hr.
AFS 240. Evolutn Of Us Air Power. 1 sem. hr.
AFS 301. Leadership Laboratory. 1 sem. hr.
AFS 302. Leadership Laboratory. 1 sem. hr.
AFS 350. Usaf Leadership Studies. 3 sem. hrs.
AFS 360. Usaf Leadership Studies. 3 sem. hrs.
AFS 401. Leadership Laboratory. 1 sem. hr.
AFS 402. Leadership Laboratory. 1 sem. hr.
AFS 470. National Security Affair. 3 sem. hrs.
AFS 480. National Security Affair. 3 sem. hrs.
AFS 491. Leadership Laboratory. 1 sem. hr.
AFS 492. Leadership Laboratory. 1 sem. hr.