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AIR FORCE STUDIES (AIR FORCE ROTC)

The program in Air Force studies (Air Force ROTC) affords students opportunities to learn about the United States Air Force and its role in national security while exploring the opportunity to earn an Air Force officer's commission concurrent with a college degree. Freshman and sophomore courses are open to all students and incur no military obligation. The courses are fully accredited, 1-hour electives.

A number of scholarships are available to qualified students in Air Force ROTC. The scholarships pay full tuition, provide reimbursement for required books and fees, and provide $250-$400 (tax free) per month, based on AFROTC year completed.

Advanced ROTC 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.

To enroll in Air Force ROTC, a student simply registers for a course in Air Force studies.

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 second semester of the sophomore year. Please contact the office of Air Force studies for more information.

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.

Air Force ROTC College Scholarship Program

The Air Force ROTC 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 $250-$400 each month as a nontaxable subsistence allowance during the school year. Apply for this scholarship online at http://www.afrotc.com. High-school students applying for scholarships are evaluated on the basis of

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 Air Force ROTC detachment officers who will interview and evaluate each applicant. The information gathered by the committee is forwarded to Air Force ROTC, 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

Degree Credit for Air Force ROTC Courses

All Air Force studies (AFS) courses are fully accredited University classes. The total number of AFS hours accepted as elective credit toward a specific degree varies. Most schools and colleges at the University accept all of the available 20 hours of AFS courses toward fulfillment of degree requirements. Each student should contact the appropriate college, school, or department to determine how much AFS course credit may be applied to his or her own degree requirements.

Uniforms and Equipment

Each student enrolled in Air Force ROTC must make a $25 uniform deposit with the University bursar. 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. ROTC texts are furnished to all ROTC students without charge.

Air Force Studies (AFS) Course Descriptions

Col. Robert L. Gambrell Jr., Department Head
Office: 610 Capstone Drive, Suite 212-D

AFS 110 The Foundations of the United States Air Force. One hour.

Corequisite: AFS 101 Leadership Laboratory. One hour.

This is a survey course designed to introduce students to the United States Air Force and Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps. Featured topics include: mission and organization of the Air Force, officership and professionalism, military customs and courtesies, Air Force officer opportunities, and an introduction to communication skills. Leadership Laboratory is mandatory for AFROTC cadets and complements this course by providing cadets with followership experiences. One hour of lecture and one and one-half hours of lab per week. Offered fall semester only.

AFS 120 The Foundations of the United States Air Force. One hour.

Corequisite: AFS 102 Leadership Laboratory. One hour.

This is a survey course designed to introduce students to the United States Air Force and Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps. Featured topics include: mission and organization of the Air Force, officership and professionalism, military customs and courtesies, Air Force officer opportunities, and an introduction to communication skills. Leadership Laboratory is mandatory for AFROTC cadets and complements this course by providing cadets with followership experiences. One hour of lecture and one and one-half hours of lab per week. Offered spring semester only.

AFS 230 The Evolution of USAF Air and Space Power. One hour.

Corequisite: AFS 201 Leadership Laboratory. One hour.

This course is designed to examine general aspects of air and space power through a historical perspective. Utilizing this perspective, the course covers a time period from the first balloons and dirigibles to the space-age global positioning systems of the Persian Gulf War. Historical examples are provided to extrapolate the development of Air Force capabilities (competencies) and missions (functions) to demonstrate the evolution of what has become today's USAF air and space power. Furthermore, the course examines several fundamental truths associated with war in the third dimension: e.g., principles of war and tenets of air and space power. This course and the mandatory lab provide students with a basic knowledge of the general element and employment of air and space power, from an institutional doctrinal and historical perspective. In addition, the students will continue to discuss the importance of the Air Force core values with the use of operational examples and historical Air Force leaders and will continue to develop their communication skills. One hour of lecture and one and one-half hours of lab per week. Offered fall semester only.

AFS 240 The Evolution of USAF Air and Space Power. One hour.

Corequisite: AFS 202 Leadership Laboratory. One hour.

This course is designed to examine general aspects of air and space power through a historical perspective. Utilizing this perspective, the course covers a time period from the first balloons and dirigibles to the space-age global positioning systems of the Persian Gulf War. Historical examples are provided to extrapolate the development of Air Force capabilities (competencies) and missions (functions) to demonstrate the evolution of what has become today's USAF air and space power. Furthermore, the course examines several fundamental truths associated with war in the third dimension: e.g., principles of war and tenets of air and space power. This course and the mandatory lab provide students with a basic knowledge of the general element and employment of air and space power, from an institutional doctrinal and historical perspective. In addition, the students will continue to discuss the importance of the Air Force core values with the use of operational examples and historical Air Force leaders and will continue to develop their communication skills. One hour of lecture and one and one-half hours of lab per week. Offered spring semester only.

AFS 350 Air Force Leadership Studies. Three hours.

Prerequisite: Completion of four- or five-week field training course or approval of the professor of Air Force Studies.

Corequisite: AFS 301 Leadership Laboratory. One hour.

A study of leadership, management fundamentals, professional knowledge, Air Force personnel and evaluation systems, leadership ethics, and communication skills required of an Air Force junior officer. Case studies are used to examine Air Force leadership and management situations as a means of demonstrating and exercising practical application of the concepts being studied. A mandatory Leadership Laboratory complements this course by providing advanced leadership experiences in officer-type activities, giving students the opportunity to apply leadership and management principles of this course. Three hours of lecture and one and one-half hours of lab per week. Offered fall semester only.

AFS 360 Air Force Leadership Studies. Three hours.

Prerequisite: AFS 350 or approval of the professor of Air Force Studies.

Corequisite: AFS 302 Leadership Laboratory. One hour.

A study of leadership, management fundamentals, professional knowledge, Air Force personnel and evaluation systems, leadership ethics, and communication skills required of an Air Force junior officer. Case studies are used to examine Air Force leadership and management situations as a means of demonstrating and exercising practical application of the concepts being studied. A mandatory Leadership Laboratory complements this course by providing advanced leadership experiences in officer-type activities, giving students the opportunity to apply leadership and management principles of this course. Three hours of lecture and one and one-half hours of lab per week. Offered spring semester only.

AFS 470 National Security Affairs/Preparation for Active Duty. Three hours.

Prerequisite: AFS 350 and AFS 360 or approval of the professor of Air Force Studies.

Corequisite: AFS 401 Leadership Laboratory. One hour.

This course examines the national security process, regional studies, advanced leadership ethics, and Air Force doctrine. Special topics of interest focus on the military as a profession, officership, military justice, civilian control of the military, preparation for active duty, and current issues affecting military professionalism. Within this structure, continued emphasis is given to refining communication skills. A mandatory Leadership Laboratory complements this course by providing advanced leadership experiences, giving students the opportunity to apply the leadership and management principles of this course. Three hours of lecture and one and one-half hours of lab per week. Offered fall semester only.

AFS 480 National Security Affairs/Preparation for Active Duty. Three hours.

Prerequisite: AFS 470, AFS 350, and AFS 360 or approval of the professor of Air Force Studies.

Corequisite: AFS 402 Leadership Laboratory. One hour.

This course examines the national security process, regional studies, advanced leadership ethics, and Air Force doctrine. Special topics of interest focus on the military as a profession, officership, military justice, civilian control of the military, preparation for active duty, and current issues affecting military professionalism. Within this structure, continued emphasis is given to refining communication skills. A mandatory Leadership Laboratory complements this course by providing advanced leadership experiences, giving students the opportunity to apply the leadership and management principles of this course. Three hours of lecture and one and one-half hours of lab per week. Offered spring semester only.

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