Participation in AFROTC during the first two years of the four-year program carries no commitment to serve in the U.S. Air Force unless the student has an AFROTC scholarship. Students in AFROTC are expected to wear the uniform correctly and meet the grooming standards required of active duty Air Force personnel. Students must wear the Air Force uniform to all classes and leadership laboratories as directed by the course syllabus or weekly operations orders.
Undergraduates join the four-year AFROTC program by registering for Aerospace Studies classes in the same manner as for other University classes. Students in the four-year program attend a four-week field training encampment during the summer between their sophomore and junior years. Students are in the General Military Course (GMC) during the first two years and the Professional Officer Course (POC) during the last two years.
Completion of the POC incurs an active duty service commitment for four, six, or 10 years, depending on your assigned career field.
All contracted students (typically all POC cadets and GMC scholarship awardees) receive a stipend.
Students, typically sophomores, unable to participate in the four-year program may be eligible for a three-year program as long as they have three years of academic coursework remaining. Active duty service commitments are the same as the four-year program. Additionally, three-year students will be required to take both GMC courses simultaneously in order to complete the program, in addition to the other requirements.
For participants in the program, field training typically occurs during the summer between the sophomore and junior years and lasts four weeks. Field training is conducted at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, and allows the cadet to see U.S. Air Force life firsthand. Room, board, and travel expenses are provided. Successful completion of Field Training grants entry into the POC.
Entry into the POC during the junior year of the four-year AFROTC program is competitive. Factors considered include leadership potential, academic performance, field training evaluations, and results of a physical examination and the physical fitness test (PFT). Students must be in good academic standing with their university, have demonstrated motivation and potential for success as U.S. Air Force officers, and meet U.S. Air Force physical standards. POC students are expected to plan and conduct a leadership laboratory once a week. The time required varies depending on the responsibilities of the individual POC student.
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