About Air Force ROTC

You can enroll in Air Force ROTC classes at the same time and in the same manner as you do for other college courses.

General Military Course

The first two years of the Air Force ROTC four-year program, the General Military Course, consist of one hour of classroom work in Aerospace Studies (AS 100AS 200) and one to two hours of leadership laboratory each week.  The General Military Course is an opportunity for students not on an Air Force ROTC scholarship to try out the program with no obligation. After completing General Military Course requirements, if you wish to compete for entry into the last two years of the program, the Professional Officer Course, you must do so under the requirements of the Professional Officer Course selection system. This system uses qualitative factors, such as grade point average, unit commander evaluation and aptitude test scores to determine if you have officer potential. After selection, you must successfully complete a summer four-week field-training encampment at an assigned Air Force base before entering the Professional Officer Course. And once you're enrolled in the Professional Officer Course you must attend class three hours a week and participate in a weekly leadership laboratory (lasting from one to two hours).

Professional Officer Course

In the Professional Officer Course, you apply what you have learned in the General Military Course and at field-training encampments. As a cadet in the Professional Officer Corps you actually conduct the leadership laboratories and manage the unit's cadet corps. Each AFROTC detachment has a cadet corps based on the Air Force organizational structure of flights, squadrons, groups, and wings. Professional Officer Course classes (AS 300AS 400) emphasize group discussions and cadet presentations. Classroom topics include management, communication skills and national defense policy. Once you're enrolled in the Professional Officer Course, you're enlisted in the Air Force Reserve and assigned to the Obligated Reserve Section. This entitles you to a monthly $350-$400 nontaxable subsistence allowance during the academic year.

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 Flight Commander at (601) 266-4468