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Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps

Mission Statement

The Air Force ROTC program is designed to recruit, educate and commission officer candidates through college campus programs based on Air Force requirements. Units are located at 145 college and university campuses throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. Students from schools near Air Force ROTC host institutions can attend classes through 1025 separate crosstown enrollment programs or consortium agreements.

Goals

The Air Force Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (AFROTC) at James Madison University is established under a cross-town agreement with the University of Virginia. JMU students will take AFROTC classes at the University of Virginia for JMU credit. AFROTC offers students the opportunity to receive US Air Force officer training while completing undergraduate studies. The four-year program is designed for students who join during their first year of college. Students take all four years of air science classes and attend a four week summer field training encampment at an Air Force Base between their second and third years. AFROTC is the largest of three programs available through the Air Force to earn a commission and serve as an officer in the United States Air Force.

Students may also enroll in AFROTC during their second year of college with approval from the department head. If approved, those students will dual enroll in both the AIRS 100- and 200-level courses during their second year of college and attend a four week summer field-training encampment.

Unless the student earns an AFROTC scholarship, there is no service obligation inside the first two years of the four year program. However, all students who enter into the Professional Officer Course (the last two years) enter into a contractual obligation with the Air Force to serve on active duty upon commissioning.

After graduation and commissioning as second lieutenants in the Air Force, graduates serve in any number of career fields for a four year active duty service commitment. Interested and qualified students may compete to become Air Force pilots, combat systems officers (CSO), air battle managers (ABM) or remotely piloted aircraft pilots (RPA). Successful pilot candidates serve a 10 year active duty service commitment, and CSO, ABM or RPA candidates incur a six year active duty service commitment.

Co-curricular Activities and Organizations

  • Arnold Air Society
  • Drill Team

Special Admission and Retention Requirements

The Professional Officer Course is normally taken during the junior and senior years. Qualified students pursuing a commission as a second lieutenant are contracted and paid a subsistence allowance of $300-$500 per month. Cadets must maintain at least a 2.5 GPA, meet DoD medical fitness standards and meet Air Force physical fitness and weight control standards.

Degree Requirements

The air science curriculum is divided into two phases:

Phase One: General Military Courses           

Credit Hours

AIRS 100. Leadership Laboratory (every semester)

            0

AIRS 110. The Foundations of the United States Air Force  (fall, first year)

            1

AIRS 120. The Foundations of the United States Air Force  (spring, first year)

            1

AIRS 210. The Evolution of Air and Space Power (fall, second year)

            1

AIRS 220. The Evolution of Air and Space Power (spring, second year)

            1


            4

 

Phase One: Professional Officer Courses    

Credit Hours

AIRS 100. Leadership Laboratory (every semester)

            0

AIRS 310. Concepts of Air Force Leadership and Management  (fall, third year)

            3

AIRS 320. Concepts of Air Force Leadership and Management  (spring, third year)

            3

AIRS 410. National Security Affairs/Preparation for Active Duty  (fall, fourth year)

            3

AIRS 420. National Security Affairs/Preparation for Active Duty  (spring, fourth year)

            3


            12

The Leadership Laboratory (LLab) course taken during your first year is a weekly laboratory that touches on the topics of Air Force customs and courtesies, health and physical fitness, and drill and ceremonies. The second year LLab course provides you with the opportunity to demonstrate fundamental management skills and prepares you for Field Training. The third year LLab course provides you the opportunity to develop your fundamental management skills while planning and conducting cadet activities. Finally, the fourth year LLab course provides you with the opportunity to use your leadership skills in planning and conducting cadet activities. It prepares you for commissioning and entry into the active-duty Air Force.

AFROTC Scholarships

  • Merit-based financial scholarships may be offered to highly academically competitive and qualified students already enrolled in the program. Awardees may be offered an AFROTC scholarship for full or partial college tuition, incidental fees and textbook allowances and a monthly subsistence allowance of $300-$500 dependent on academic year. Scholarship students incur a military obligation.