AIR FORCE ROTC
Captain Andrew Osgood
The four-year program is composed of a General Military Course (GMC) and a Professional Officer Course (POC). The first two years, the GMC, provide a general introduction to the Air Force and the various career fields. Students enrolled in the GMC who are not receiving an Air Force scholarship incur no obligation to the Air Force and may elect to discontinue the program at any time. The final two years, the POC, concentrate on developing leadership and management skills and on a study of American defense policy. Students must compete for entry into the POC. If accepted, they must attend field training at a designated Air Force base during the summer following their sophomore year of college. When they return to the university in the fall, they are placed under contract with the Air Force to complete the program and serve a minimum of four years on active duty. Pilot and navigator candidates incur an additional obligation because of specialized training following commissioning.
Students in any major with less than four years, but more than two remaining until graduation may join the program. These students will enter the appropriate GMC class based in their projected graduation date.
The two-year program is normally offered to prospective juniors and graduate students. The academic requirements for this program are identical to the final two years of the four-year program. This option may not be available to students in all academic degrees.
GENERAL REQUIREMENTS FOR POC ACCEPTANCE
Students competing for acceptance as POC cadets must pass the Air Force Officer Qualifying Test, be physically qualified, meet certain age requirements, be in good academic standing, and be able to meet all Air Force enlistment standards.
Freshman year: The Foundations of the USAF I and II AFSC 110 (fall) and AFSC 111 (spring). Each of these one-credit courses consists of approximately one hour of academic class each week. In combination, these two courses survey the history and organization of the Air Force, its benefits and opportunities, and leadership skills.
Sophomore year: The Evolution of USAF Air/Space Power I and II - AFSC 210 (fall) and AFSC 211 (spring). Each of these one-credit courses consists of approximately one hour of academic class each week. These two GMC courses survey the history of air power from the 18th century to the present.
GMC courses are open to all freshman and sophomore students.
Junior year: Leadership Studies I and II-AFSC 310 (fall) and AFSC 311 (spring). Each of these three-credit courses consists of three hours of academic classes each week. Here the student is introduced to leadership and management concepts. The courses are designed to provide a foundation for basic leadership and management skills, with emphasis on communications.
Senior year: National Security Affairs I and II-AFSC 410 (fall) and AFSC 411 (spring). Each of these three-credit courses consists of three hours of academic classes each week. These courses focus on our national security policy-its evolution, actors, processes, and current issues. Emphasis is also given to military professionalism, military justice, and communication skills.
POC courses are open to all juniors and seniors.
Leadership laboratory is required for students who are members of the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps and are eligible to pursue a commission as determined by the Professor of Aerospace Studies. Leadership laboratory is scheduled for two hours per week for GMC and for three hours per week for POC.
Members of the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps are required to maintain certain physical fitness standards. Physical training activities are scheduled twice a week for one hour each. In order to participate, members must have a valid DoDMERB physical or sports physical. Forms to document the sports physical are available at the detachment and on-line.
Air Force ROTC scholarships are available to qualified students in all majors and are based on the whole-person concept. Scholarships are awarded in varying amounts and may be used towards tuition and some mandatory fees. All Air Force scholarships include a yearly book stipend and a tax-free monthly allowance. Students who accept these scholarships enter the AFROTC program as a contract cadet and incur a four-year active duty service commitment.
The University of Delaware also offers scholarships to students enrolled in the AFROTC program. These scholarships may be used towards tuition or room charges and are offered each semester to qualified students in all majors based on merit.
Contact the unit's admission officer for current details.
AIR FORCE ROTC NURSING PROGRAM
Air Force ROTC makes it possible for qualified nursing school students to enroll in its programs and, upon completion of all academic requirements, receive a commission as a second lieutenant in the United States Air Force in the nursing career field. Scholarships are available to qualified applicants.
Captain Noel Milian
MILITARY SCIENCE PROGRAM
Students at Wesley College, through a Cross-Enrollment Agreement with the University of Delaware, have the opportunity to earn a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army upon completion of the military science program and baccalaureate degree requirements. The four-year program consists of the completion of eight semester courses, totaling 12 credits, and one summer encampment. Courses at the 100 and 200 level are open electives to freshmen and sophomores. These courses are offered on the campus of Delaware State University. A military obligation is incurred only if the student contracts for commission during the last two years and receives pay.
The two-year program is designed to provide sophomores and juniors who have not completed the first two years of military science the opportunity to qualify for advanced ROTC and to obtain a commission. The student has at least two years of full-time academic status remaining to qualify. As a prerequisite, the student must complete a four-week summer basic camp. Students are paid while attending this camp. Military veterans generally qualify automatically for the two-year program. It is preferred that non-military veterans sign up for this program no later than the end of their first semester of their sophomore year.
The ROTC student desiring to receive a commission must successfully complete a six week summer encampment, normally between the junior and senior years. This camp allows the student to apply, in a totally military environment, those leadership and technical skills studied on campus. Students are provided uniforms, food, lodging and medical care at no cost and are paid during this period.
PAY AND ALLOWANCE
ROTC students contracting for a commission during the junior and senior years receive a subsistence allowance of $350 - 400 per academic month. Obligation: Up to four years of active duty (full-time employment), or eight years of part-time employment (one weekend per month and an annual two-week encampment) in the National Guard or Reserve Components, upon receipt of a commission.
ARMY ROTC SCHOLARSHIP
Two and three year scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit, athletic ability and leadership potential. Scholarships pay tuition, books, supplies, fees up to $20,000 a year and between $400 - $500 subsistence allowance per academic month. The number of scholarships available vary from year to year. Obligation: Up to four years of active duty (full-time employment), or eight years of part-time employment (one weekend per month and an annual two-week encampment) in the National Guard or Reserve Components, upon receipt of a commission. A limited number of scholarships are available to qualified students who desire a commission in the Army Reserve or National Guard.
ROTC graduates may apply for a delay from entry on active duty for the purpose of obtaining an additional academic degree.