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Department of Aerospace Studies

The United States Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) is a nationwide program that allows students to pursue commissions (become officers) in the United States Air Force (USAF) while simultaneously attending college. The program consists of three-year, four-year, or five-year academic programs depending on the student's major. The program is broken into two distinct segments, the General Military Corps (GMC) and the Professional Officer Corps (POC), both of which are taken on-campus. In addition, prior to admission into the POC, AFROTC students must complete a four-week field training encampment off-campus.

AFROTC classes are held on college campuses in the United States and Puerto Rico, and students register through normal course registration processes. AFROTC consists of Aerospace Studies classes (Foundations of the USAF, Evolution of USAF and Space Power, Air Force Leadership Studies, and National Security Affairs/Preparation for Active Duty), and a corresponding Leadership Laboratory for each year whereby students apply leadership skills, demonstrate command and effective communication, develop physical fitness, and practice military customs and courtesies. College students enrolled in the AFROTC program are known as "cadets." Cadets who successfully complete both AFROTC training and college degree requirements will graduate and simultaneously commission as Second Lieutenants in the Active Duty Air Force.


 


Scholarships

The AFROTC program offers to qualified high school applicants the opportunity to compete for a 4-year scholarship.  The application may be submitted online from May 1st of the student’s junior year through December 1st of his/her senior year of high school.  Visit www.afrotc.com for more information and the application for the High School Scholarship program.

In-College Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis for 2 to 3.5 years.  Applicants competing for In-College Scholarships must be enrolled as a cadet and nominated by a member of the detachment cadre (instructors).  Enrollment in AFROTC courses alone does not constitute grounds for scholarship consideration.

Scholarships cover tuition, fees, a book allowance, and a monthly subsistence allowance referred to as a “stipend.”  Stipends range from $300-$500 monthly depending on the student’s academic classification (freshman, sophomore, junior, senior).

 


General Military Course

The GMC consists of four 1-credit courses, normally completed during the freshman and sophomore years.  The 100-level portion of the GMC examines the Air Force in the contemporary world.  The 200-level portion of the GMC focuses on a study of Air Power through the jet age, a historical review of the employment of air power in military and nonmilitary operations, and the evolution of air power concepts and doctrine.

Students in the three-year program must be concurrently enrolled in both the freshman (100-level) and the sophomore (200-level) courses each semester of their sophomore year.

Portions of the GMC may be waived for students with prior military experience or for students who transfer from another reserve officer training program.

 


Professional Officers Course

Students are accepted into the POC on a competitive basis provided they have at least two years of full-time undergraduate course work remaining. Performance in the GMC and the field training encampment are among the factors considered.

The POC consists of four 3-credit courses that extend over a two-year period. The 300-level portion of the POC emphasizes the concepts and skills required of a successful leader. The 400-level portion of the POC is designed to provide future Air Force officers with background information in national security policy issues while stressing responsibilities of the military officer and civil-military relations.

Students who successfully complete the requirements of the POC and their degree programs will be commissioned as Second Lieutenants in the United States Air Force and will enter active duty within one year. Delay of entry to active duty to study at the master’s or doctoral level may be permitted. There are many career opportunities individuals can qualify for, including but not limited to pilot, space and missile operations, cyberspace operations, engineering, medical and nursing career fields.
 

Leadership Laboratory

Leadership Laboratory consists of a series of 1-credit hour labs that accompany the academic class each semester throughout the program.  As part of the GMC and POC, the student is a member of an organized cadet corps that conducts a leadership laboratory.  Instruction is conducted within the framework of the cadet corps with a progression of experiences designed to develop each student’s leadership potential. 


Field Training

Students in the program compete to attend a four-week field training encampment at Maxwell Air Force Base, AL.  Students attend this encampment the summer between their sophomore and junior years.  Encampment expenses are paid for by the U.S. Air Force.  For more information, visit www.msu.edu/~airforce; email airforce@msu.edu; or call 1-517-355-2168.