The Program

The Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps program trains intelligent, energetic, and dedicated men and women for service as second lieutenants in the United States Air Force. To accomplish this, the Air Force, with approval of KU, has established a curriculum that allows commissioning in 3- to 4-year programs.

Air Force: Department of Aerospace Studies

Detachment 280, Military Science Building
1520 Summerfield Hall Drive, Room 109
Lawrence, KS 66045-7554
785-864-4676
http://www.afrotc.ku.edu/

Lieutenant Colonel Brian R. Salmans, Chair
785-864-4676

4-Year Program

The Air Force ROTC program is divided into the General Military Course (GMC) and the Professional Officer Course (POC). The program is for high-school scholarship recipients as well as those without scholarships. All cadets not on scholarship are eligible to compete for in-college scholarships, which are awarded based on GPA, physical fitness, commander’s ranking, and academic degree. Scholarships support tuition and fees, along with a nontaxable subsistence allowance. Scholarship recipients receive $900 a year for books. Please visit www.afrotc.com for more information about scholarships.

Although most AFROTC cadets complete the program in 4 years, students can join the program in their sophomore year by taking all GMC courses in one year. Certain majors such as engineering and atmospheric science are 5-year degrees, thus extending the student’s time in the program. More information can be obtained by contacting the Air Force ROTC office.

The General Military Course (GMC, Foundations of the USAF, Airpower History) is offered during the first 2 years of college and constitutes an introduction to the present-day Air Force. The emphasis is on the role of military forces in world affairs, customs and courtesies, being an officer, professionalism, the mission and organization of the Air Force, and the history of air power. If the cadet  is medically and academically qualified and successfully completes 4 weeks of Field Training, he or she may enter the POC during the junior and senior years.

The Professional Officer Course (POC, Leadership Studies, National Security Studies) teaches leadership and management, organizational patterns, technologies, military policies and procedures, and provides an in-depth study of national security affairs. Cadets also learn and practice communication, leadership, and management skills. POC cadets receive a nontaxable subsistence allowance.

Current Subsistence Allowance for Contracted Cadets

(authorized Oct. 1, 2007)

First-Year Sophomore Junior Senior
$300$350$400$500

All aerospace studies textbooks and uniforms for ROTC are provided free of charge.

Air Force Career Fields

Cadets commissioned from AFROTC are called to active duty in such diverse career fields as pilot, combat systems officer, engineering, nursing, space and missile officer, aircraft maintenance, personnel, air traffic control, space control, finance, scientist, contracting, weather, security forces, and public affairs. Medical and legal opportunities are available as well. Opportunities are limited only by initiative, ability, and desire. Go to www.afrotc.com for more information about career opportunities.

Field Training

AFROTC Field Training is held during summer break following the cadet’s second year in the program. Cadets must receive an enrollment allocation to attend field training, which is mandatory for cadets who wish to enter the POC. Each cadet receives pay and transportation to and from field training. The major areas of study are junior officer training, career orientation, survival training, base functions, team building, and physical training. College credit is not given for attending Field Training.

Leadership Laboratory

The Leadership Laboratory is a noncredit, 2-hour, once-a-week course taken every semester throughout the cadet’s enrollment in AFROTC. Instruction is conducted in the framework of an organized cadet corps with a progression of experiences that develop each student’s leadership potential. Leadership Lab also includes proper wear of the uniform, military rank, and military drill and ceremony. Because physical fitness is an integral part of Air Force life, an additional 2 hours a week of physical fitness activities each week.

Scholarships

High school seniors may apply for Air Force ROTC guaranteed scholarships covering the 4-year college period. Some technical majors, such as engineering, are regularly approved for five-year scholarship support. Students should apply no later than December 1 of the senior year of high school. Online applications are available beginning about May of the junior year. 2- and 3-year scholarships are available to qualified college students. These are awarded competitively. Scholarships generally cover full tuition, laboratory and incidental fees, $900 a year for books, and the nontaxable subsistence allowance. Visit the website for more information and to apply online for a high school scholarship.

Service Commitment

Upon commissioning, the Air Force service commitment for most cadets is 4 years of active duty for most officers, 10 years for pilots, 6 years for cadets who become combat systems officers, air battle managers, or remote aircraft pilots. Certain cadets may be eligible to receive a commission directly into the guard or reserve for a commitment of 6 years.

Courses

AIR 100. Leadership Laboratory. 0 Hours U.

The AS 100 and AS 200 Leadership Laboratory courses (LLABs) include a study of Air Force customs and courtesies, drill and ceremonies, and military commands. The LLAB also includes studying the environment of an Air Force officer and learning about areas of opportunity available to commissioned officers. The AS 300 and AS 400 LLABs consist of activities classified as leadership and management experiences. They involve the planning and controlling of military activities of the cadet corps and the preparation and presentation of briefings and other oral and written communications. LLABs also include interviews, guidance, and information which will increase the understanding, motivation, and performance of other cadets. LAB.

AIR 144. Foundations of the USAF. 1 Hour U.

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. LEC.

AIR 148. Foundations of the USAF. 1 Hour U.

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. LEC.

AIR 284. Airpower History. 1 Hour U.

A course designed to examine general aspects of air and space power through an historical perspective ranging from the first balloons and dirigibles to space-age satellite systems and the Global War on Terrorism. Leaders, pivotal situations in peace and war, successes and failures are provided to extrapolate the development of Air Force capabilities (competencies), and missions (functions) in shaping today's USAF air and space power. 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. Leadership Laboratory is mandatory for AFROTC cadets and complements this course by providing cadets with followership experiences. LEC.

AIR 288. Airpower History. 1 Hour U.

A course designed to examine general aspects of air and space power through an historical perspective ranging from the first balloons and dirigibles to space-age satellite systems and the Global War on Terrorism. Leaders, pivotal situations in peace and war, successes and failures are provided to extrapolate the development of Air Force capabilities (competencies), and missions (functions) in shaping today's USAF air and space power. 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. Leadership Laboratory is mandatory for AFROTC cadets and complements this course by providing cadets with followership experiences. LEC.

AIR 344. Leadership Studies. 3 Hours U.

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. Leadership Laboratory is mandatory for AFROTC cadets and 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. LEC.

AIR 348. Leadership Studies. 3 Hours U.

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. Leadership Laboratory is mandatory for AFROTC cadets and 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. LEC.

AIR 404. National Security Affairs. 3 Hours U.

Course examines the national security process (from a military standpoint) from its birth with the Founding Fathers and the US Constitution to the joint warfighting scenarios of today. It looks at the Constitutionally established roles of the legislative and executive branches of government in dealing with defense issues during war or peacetime. It examines the current command and control structure within the Department of Defense and outlines the global responsibilities of the military, specifically of the US Air Force. This course also examines the development of National Security policy and the interrelationship between the Air Force, sister services and the Air Reserve component. Multiple classroom hours on formal military communications skills (writing and briefing) are included. The course culminates with a look at current political trends and U.S. defense policy decisions in some of the world's major geographical areas. A mandatory Leadership Laboratory complements this course by providing advanced leadership experiences giving students the opportunity to apply leadership principles in a dynamic setting. LEC.

AIR 408. National Security Affairs. 3 Hours U.

Course examines U.S. National Security Policy as it relates to major geographical regions and political issues across the world. It also covers multiple legal, social and policy structures/procedures that Air Force officers and commanders face day-to-day. Air Force communications techniques, formal writing and speaking, are covered in detail. The latter part of the course addresses situations that new officers will encounter in their first few assignments. LEC.