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Department of Aerospace Studies

Air Force ROTC Detachment 432

Developing America's Airmen Today... for Tomorrow

Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corp's (ROTC) mission is to develop quality leaders for the Air Force. We recruit, educate and commission officer candidates through college campus programs based on Air Force requirements. Upon successful completion of our ROTC program, cadets commission as Second Lieutenants in the U.S. Air Force.

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Our Programs

Air Force ROTC educates and trains students to become Air Force officers while completing a traditional college degree. AF ROTC cadets participate in ROTC classes, leadership lab, physical training, and cadet organizations.


Commission Path

While aerospace studies classes are open to all Southern Miss students, those wishing to pursue an Air Force commission should meet requirements found in the bulletin.

General Military Course (GMC) 

The freshman and sophomore curriculum allow students to "try out" Air Force ROTC without any obligation by taking the General Military Course (GMC). Men and women who are full-time university students may enroll in the GMC. The GMC surveys the missions, activities and history of the United States Air Force. There is no obligation associated with enrollment in any GMC course. The professor of aerospace studies may grant credit or partial credit for completion of the GMC for students who have served on active duty, for junior- or senior-level ROTC participation in a program of any service, and for Civil Air Patrol work.

Field Training (FT)

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).

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.


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Department of Aerospace Studies
Southern Hall, Room 013
118 College Drive #5145
Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001

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