Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps is a two- to 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.
Two basic programs are available to ROTC students: the Four-Year Program and the Two-Year Program.
The Four-Year Program:
The four-year program is 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 and a 75-minute Leadership Lab. 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).
At Field Training, cadets receive career orientation, junior officer training, aircraft and aircrew indoctrination, survival training, weapons training, physical fitness training, and familiarization with the organization and function of an active-duty Air Force base.
GMC cadets who are in the four-year program go to a four-week Field Training Unit. Cadets who enter with two years left attend a six-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 week along with the 75-minute Leadership Lab. 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.
The Two-Year Program:
The Two-Year Program starts students in the Professional Officers Course right away. It's open to full-time students who have at least two years remaining (undergraduate, graduate, or a combination of the two) upon entry into the POC. Entry into the Two-Year Program is competitive, so it's important to apply as early as possible.
As in the Four-Year Program, students compete for selection to attend Field Training prior to entry into the POC. Selection is based on standardized test scores, grade point average and a physical exam.
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.
Degrees and Majors/Minors:
Minor: Aerospace Studies
Two-Year Curriculum (Last two years of college)
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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, most lab fees and up to $500 spending cash per academic month.
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.
What can you do with a degree in Aerospace Studies from UW-Superior?
Air Force ROTC offers opportunities in more than 100 career specialties, including many in fields such as business and health care.