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Aerospace Studies and ROTC

Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps is a four-year leadership development program that prepares students to become Air Force officers. Students study Air Force history, leadership and management, professionalism, national defense policy and international relations. Graduates of the program enter the Air Force as second lieutenants.

UW-Superior graduates of the ROTC program have established a proud history of achievement in the Air Force dating back more than 50 years. Many have risen to the ranks of colonel and general and have served in important command roles in the United States and around the world. Many also have gone on to rewarding careers in business, the aerospace industry, and commercial aviation. 

Any UW-Superior student can enroll in courses offered through the Department of Aerospace Studies and Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps program located on the nearby University of Minnesota Duluth campus. Students who enroll in the Air Force ROTC program complete their major and earn their degree from UW-Superior.

Minor: Four-Year Curriculum

The Four Year Program 

The four-year program divided into the General Military Course (GMC) and the Professional Officers Course (POC). 

The General Military Course is usually taken during the freshman and sophomore years. Sophomores who enter late may take both the freshman and sophomore courses. GMC cadets are allowed to "try out" AFROTC without incurring an obligation to serve in the Air Force. Each class (freshman and sophomore) consists of a one-hour lecture once a week, a 90-minute Leadership Lab and two 75-minute physical fitness sessions. 

The goals of GMC classes are to teach leadership and officer skills, Air Force career opportunities, the educational benefits of the Air Force, the life and work of an Air Force Officer, the organization and mission of the United States Air Force, and historic development of aerospace doctrine and strategies. 

In the second year of GMC training, cadets compete for selection to go to Field Training and to enter the Professional Officers Corps (POC). 

During the summer after your sophomore year, you will participate in field training. This rigorous program involves physical conditioning, weapons training and survival training. But more than that, Field Training is your opportunity to develop your skills as both a leader and team member. Field Training is required for all cadets who seek membership in the Professional Officer Course. 

Here are a few of the many activities you will experience during Field Training: 

  • Physical conditioning 
  • Marksmanship training 
  • Survival training 
  • Air Force specialty orientation 
  • Confidence course 
  • Aircraft and crew orientation 
  • Human relations 
  • Drill and ceremonies 
  • Leadership study 
  • Group and expeditionary leadership activities


GMC cadets who are in the four-year program go to a four-week Field Training Unit. After a cadet successfully completes Field Training, he or she enters the Professional Officers Course. Students in the POC take a three-credit lecture each, a 90-minute Leadership Lab and two 75-minute physical fitness sessions. In the first year of POC, students receive advanced training in leadership, management and communication skills that focus on Air Force situations. In the second year, they examine a broad range of American, domestic and international military relationships and the context in which American National Security policy is developed and carried out. 

After graduating from college and completing all Air Force ROTC requirements, cadets are commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Air Force. Most cadets incur a four-year active-duty commitment. Pilots incur a 10- year active-duty service commitment and Combat Systems Officers and Air Battle Managers incur a six-year commitment after completing training.

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  • Students who complete their undergraduate degree and the Air Force ROTC program enter the Air Force as second lieutenants. 
  • Uniforms, textbooks and related materials are furnished to Aerospace Studies majors without charge. 
  • Air Force ROTC scholarships cover tuition, an annual textbook allowance, and most lab fees. Upon activation, all scholarship cadets receive a nontaxable monthly allowance (stipend) during the academic year. Currently, the monthly stipend is $250 for freshmen, $300 for sophomores, $350 for juniors and $400 for seniors. 
  • During summer training, students receive pay, food, uniforms, housing, medical care and transportation to and from training. 
  • Scholarships for two, three and four years are available on a competitive basis to those who qualify. 


Careers in Aerospace Studies 

Air Force ROTC offers opportunities in more than 100 career specialties, including many in fields such as business and health care.

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