Aerospace Studies (Air Force ROTC) Program

Aerospace Studies Office
Faculty Office Bldg, Room 143
(909) 537-5440 Aerospace Studies Office website

Aerospace Studies Program

Air Force ROTC is a college-level program designed to select and train highly qualified men and women to become commissioned Air Force officers. After graduation from college and completion of all Air Force ROTC requirements, cadets are commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Air Force. Typical service is four years; however, service duration for some career fields (i.e. pilots, navigators, air battle managers) is longer. These individuals serve in a broad range of careers to include flying, engineering, administration and a host of other fields, depending on the needs of the Air Force.

To enter Air Force ROTC, an individual must have at least three years of college left, which may include 1 year of graduate study. In addition, the individual must be a United States citizen prior to entering the last two years of the program, be able to pass an Air Force medical exam, be of high moral character and be in good academic standing in school with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher. Entry into the last two years of the program is on a competitive basis.

Students are required to graduate with a bachelor's degree, in any academic major, and complete one of the two program options. AFROTC offers 2, 3, and 4-year scholarships (some of which cover ALL tuition and fees), but scholarships are not required to participate in the program. AFROTC cadets under scholarship and all juniors and seniors receive a $300-$500 per month tax-free stipend, plus a $600 textbook allowance each year. No military commitment is incurred until entering the last two years of the program (Professional Officer Course) or accepting an AFROTC scholarship.

Classes consist of one hour of academics plus two hours of leadership laboratory for freshmen and sophomores. Juniors and seniors will have three hours of academics plus two hours of leadership laboratory. The academic hours earned can normally be counted as elective credit toward graduation. All AFROTC classes and laboratories are held on Fridays to better accommodate students commuting from other colleges and universities.

More information is available at the Air Force ROTC website.

Program Requirements

Option I (Four Year Program)

Program Requirements (24 units)

The four year program is available to students with three to four years of undergraduate/graduate study remaining. Entry into the program requires university course enrollment and consultation with the AFROTC admissions officer in the department. The program consists of three parts: General Military Course (academics and laboratory), Field Training, and the Professional Officer Course (academics and laboratory).

General Military Course (GMC) (6)
AS 90Leadership Laboratory (required every quarter)0
AS 101The Air Force Today I1
AS 102The Air Force Today II1
AS 103The Air Force Today III1
AS 201The Development of Air Power I1
AS 202The Development of Air Power II1
AS 203Air Force Ethics1
Field Training (0)
A four-week, noncredit course conducted at an Air Force base during the summer between the second and third years of the program. Successful completion is required before continuing in the program.
Professional Officer Course (POC) (18)
AS 90Leadership Laboratory (required every quarter)0
AS 301Air Force Leadership and Management I3
AS 302Air Force Leadership and Management II3
AS 303Air Force Leadership and Management III3
AS 401National Security Forces in Contemporary American Society I3
AS 402National Security Forces in Contemporary American Society II3
AS 403National Security Forces in Contemporary American Society III3
Total Units24

Option II (Two Year Program)

Program Requirements (18 units)

Application for the two-year program is made in the fall and winter quarters for Field Training attendance, during the summer, and prior to entry into the POC. Field Training selection is based on a number of highly competitive criteria. For an application and selection criteria contact the department. The two year program is available to students with two years of undergraduate/graduate study remaining. The program consists of two parts: Field Training and the Professional Officer Course (academics and laboratory).

Field Training

Prerequisite for entry in the two-year program. A five-week, noncredit course conducted at an Air Force base during the summer before entry into the Professional Officer Course. Successful completion is required before continuing in the program.

Professional Officer Course (POC) (18)
AS 90Leadership Laboratory (required every quarter)0
AS 301Air Force Leadership and Management I3
AS 302Air Force Leadership and Management II3
AS 303Air Force Leadership and Management III3
AS 401National Security Forces in Contemporary American Society I3
AS 402National Security Forces in Contemporary American Society II3
AS 403National Security Forces in Contemporary American Society III3
Total Units18