School of Military Sciences

Aerospace Studies

The Air Force ROTC (AFROTC) program at Texas A&M University is one of the largest AFROTC programs in the United States and is designed to prepare selected students to be commissioned officers in the United States Air Force.

The institutional phase of AFROTC, called aerospace studies, is divided into two parts. The first two years constitute the General Military Course and the second two years constitute the Professional Officer Course. Details on courses offered are set forth in the alphabetical departmental listing. Concurrent enrollment in more than one aerospace studies course requires the approval of the department head, also known as the Professor of Aerospace Studies.

The General Military Course consists of the 100- and 200-level courses. These courses focus on the structure and missions of Air Force organizations; officership and professionalism; and, include an introduction to communicative skills. The General Military Course prepares the cadet, as a candidate, for the Professional Officer Course (POC). Cadets in the General Military Course attend one hour of class plus two hours of leadership lab per week.

Students apply for enrollment in the Professional Officer Course during their sophomore year. Enrollment in the Professional Officer Course at the beginning of the junior year is limited to students of high moral character who are physically qualified, possess the necessary interest and aptitude, and have demonstrated leadership potential and are well qualified academically.

Before entry into the Professional Officer Course, cadets must attend AFROTC Field Training during the summer months at selected Air Force bases throughout the United States. The major areas of study in the Field Training program include junior officer training, aircraft and aircrew orientation, career orientation, survival training, base functions, Air Force environment, physical fitness training, and a culmination field training exercise. Those who complete Field Training are enlisted in the Air Force Reserve and enter the POC.

The purpose of the Professional Officer Course is to develop skills and attitudes vital to a career as a professional Air Force officer. A degree is a prerequisite for an Air Force commission. Cadets attend class three hours a week and leadership lab two hours per week during each semester of the Professional Officer Course.

If a student is selected for and enrolled in the Professional Officer Course, he or she must sign a contract with the government in which he or she agrees to enlist in the Air Force Reserve, complete the course and, upon graduation, accept a commission as an officer in the Air Force. He or she also must agree to serve on active duty for not less than four years after being commissioned. Persons selected for flight training must serve ten years of active duty following completion of pilot training or six years after completion of navigator training. Flight training takes approximately one year. During their two years in the Professional Officer Course, cadets are eligible to receive monthly subsistence pay, plus added monetary incentives.

Leadership training is continuous during the student's life as an AFROTC cadet. One way this is accomplished is through Leadership Laboratory. Instruction is conducted within the framework of an organized cadet corps with a progression of experiences designed to develop each student's leadership potential. Leadership Laboratory involves a study of Air Force customs and courtesies, drill and ceremonies, career opportunities in the Air Force, and the life and work of an Air Force junior officer. Students develop their leadership potential in a practical, supervised laboratory, which typically includes field trips to Air Force installations.

Students enrolled in the four-year program may apply and compete for two- or three-year AFROTC College Scholarships, while two-year program applicants are eligible for two-year AFROTC Scholarships. In addition to pay and travel allowance received for attending the four-week Field Training course, the U.S. Air Force pays scholarship recipients monthly subsistence pay plus the cost of tuition, fees and a textbook allowance.

Upon completion of the Professional Officer Course and graduation from the University, students are commissioned as Second Lieutenants in the United States Air Force. All instructors are active duty officers assigned to the University by the United States Air Force. Information about the Air Force ROTC program may be obtained by writing directly to the department, or visiting its website at afrotc.tamu.edu.