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Air Force ROTC Information

What is Air Force ROTC?

Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) educates and trains students to become Air Force officers while completing a traditional college degree.

Air Force ROTC cadets participate in ROTC classes, leadership lab, physical training, and cadet organizations.

The General Military Course (GMC) comprises the first two years of Air Force ROTC.  The freshman and sophomore curriculum allow students to "try out" Air Force ROTC without any obligation.

Selection to attend Field Training (FT) during the summer after sophomore year is competitive and is based upon academic, fitness and military performance during the first three semesters in ROTC, as well as Air Force Officer Qualifying Test (AFOQT) scores.  This rigorous 13-day training event is an assessment of physical and mental fortitude, commitment and teamwork.  Field Training is required for all cadets who seek membership in the Professional Officer Course (POC).

The Professional Officer Course (POC) makes up the last half of Air Force ROTC.  Junior and senior level courses cover advanced topic related to leadership studies, management, and aerospace power.  POC cadets hone their skills by leading the cadet wing.

Upon successful completion of the ROTC program and graduation from college, cadets commission as Second Lieutenants in the United States Air Force with a guaranteed salary, to include housing and subsistence allowance, and comprehensive medical and dental benefits.  For more information on officer pay, please visit  

What is an Officer?

Officers are trained to lead and supervise enlisted personnel.  Rank, pay and career opportunities for officers are commensurate with their elevated level of responsibility.  To be considered as an officer, you must, at a minimum, have a bachelor's degree.

Can I get a Scholarship?

There are many scholarship opportunities for both high school and current college students entering the program.  Students seeking technical degrees such as electrical engineering, health care degrees such as nursing, or foreign language degrees will be very competitive for scholarships.  Requirements and availability are subject to change, so please contact us for the most up-to-date information.  Additionally, please visit for comprehensive requirements and to view the application process.

Do I qualify?

General qualifications for Air Force ROTC:

  • Be a United States Citizen
  • Be a full-time student
  • Be physically qualified
  • Be of good moral character
  • Be in good academic standing (GPA above 2.0)
  • Have at least three academic years remaining 

Air Force ROTC Commission Path

Still have questions about the ROTC program? Take a look at our index of Frequently Asked Questions.

Interested in Air Force ROTC at The University of Southern Mississippi? Contact the Recruiting Officer at (601) 266-4468.

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Southern Hall, Room 013
118 College Drive #5145
Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001

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