AEROSPACE STUDIES AIR FORCE ROTC
To become a commissioned officer in the U.S. Air Force through Air Force ROTC, students must complete the four-year program. So it is important to remember to enroll in AFROTC at the same time and in the same manner as you do for your first college courses. The program is designed to begin in the Fall of student?s freshman year.
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, two hours of leadership laboratory, and two hours of physical training 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 unit at an assigned Air Force base before entering the Professional Officer Course. And once you are enrolled in the Professional Officer Course, you must attend class three hours a week and participate in a weekly physical training and leadership laboratory.
Professional Officer Course
In the Professional Officer Course, you apply what you have learned in the General Military Course and at field-training units. And in Professional Officer Corps, you actually conduct the leadership laboratories and manage the unit?s cadet corps. Each unit has a cadet corps based on the Air Force organizational pattern of flight, squadron, group and wing. Professional Officer Course classes are small. Emphasis is placed on group discussions and cadet presentations. Classroom topics include management, communication skills and national defense policy. And once you have enrolled in the Professional Officer Course, you are enlisted in the Air Force Reserve and assigned to the Obligated Reserve Section. This entitles you to a monthly $300-$500 nontaxable subsistence allowance during the academic year.
Scholarships may be available for eligible applicants. Air Force ROTC can help you with the rising costs of college education with an array of full or partial scholarships that cover tuition and books and even provide extra spending money so you can concentrate on your studies instead of how to pay for them. Those interested in more information about scholarship criteria should contact the AFROTC department at USF.
Students interested in enrolling in the four-year program can begin registration procedures in the summer prior to their freshman year through the AFROTC office in CWY407 at USF before registering for the appropriate "AFR" course through university registration. Veterans, active-duty personnel and graduate students are encouraged to inquire about special accelerated programs designed for them. A three-year program may be offered for qualified students on a case-by-case basis. The AFROTC phone number is (813) 974-3367.
Eckerd College will award one Eckerd College course for the first two years (equivalent to four semester hours) and three course credits (equivalent to twelve semester hours) for the successful completion of the final two years.
ARMY RESERVE OFFICER'S TRAINING CORPS (ROTC)
The Department of Military Science and Leadership for Army Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) was established to select and prepare students (Cadets) to serve as Commissioned Officers in the Regular, National Guard and Army Reserve components of the United States Army. The curriculum is designed to certify and develop the student's leadership potential and improve the student's planning, organizational, and managerial skills in order to lead and command troops at various levels of the Army.
Army ROTC training is divided into two phases, the basic course and the advanced course. Students with prior military service can be exempt from the basic course. Students with questions concerning placement and options should contact an Army ROTC cadre member for more information. Enrollment is open to qualified students at all levels, including graduate level students.
Army ROTC training provides scholarships, monthly pay stipends, free textbooks, uniforms and equipment. Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis in all academic majors. The scholarship pays full tuition and books ($1200). All contracted cadets receive a monthly pay stipend ranging from $300 in the freshman year to $500 in the senior year. All summer training courses, Leaders Training Course (LTC) and Leadership Development Assessment Course (LDAC), are also paid at approximately $700 plus meals and room. Additional skills training such as Airborne and Air Assault schools are available to both the Basic and Advanced Course Cadets, based on performance and merit.
Basic Course: Consists of the first and second year courses. This is one and a half hours of classroom instruction a week and two hours of leadership laboratory. Cadets incur no military commitment by participating in the basic course. If a Cadet misses a semester, he/she can opt to attend the LTC camp at Fort Knox during the summer for 28 days. This course accounts for those courses not completed. Two year scholarships are also available after graduation from the LTC.
Advanced Course: Consists of the third and fourth year military courses. These courses are open to contracted Cadets. Both year 3 and year 4 classes consist of three hours a week of classroom instruction plus Leadership Lab, physical fitness, and field training exercises. Cadets are required to attend LDAC at Fort Lewis Washington for thirty-three days during the summer. The advanced course is designed to prepare and evaluate contracted Cadets who desire to become Army Officers for duty in the Active, Guard, and Reserve Components as 2nd Lieutenant.
Opportunities: New commissioned Officers can be also guaranteed Reserve or National Guard duty. Prior to commissioning, Cadets will request to serve in one of sixteen special career fields ranging from Infantry, Medical, Aviation, Engineering, Law Enforcement, Logistics and Human Resources. Starting pay for a Lieutenant on active duty is in excess of $42,000. In four years as a Captain, one can even earn over $65,000 annually. Officers and their families will be assigned to serve at various bases in the United States and overseas around the world.
Requirements: Students who desire to contract and earn and commission as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army must pass an Army Physical (Medical), an Army Physical Fitness Test, height and weight requirements, and a background investigation. Also required are passing a 3-credit course in military history, passing swimming requirements, and maintaining a Cum GPA of 2.5 or higher. Cross-enrolled Cadets will take courses and training at the USF St. Petersburg Campus. Thursday Leadership Laboratory sessions are held in the Tampa Bay area. Shuttle service is also available from USF to and from those training areas.
For more information and scholarship enrollment, contact the Suncoast Battalion Army ROTC main office at (813) 974-0963 or visit the website:armyrotc.com/edu/univsouthfl.
Eckerd College will award one Eckerd College course credit (equivalent to four semester hours) for each course completed for two semesters for a total of four course credits (equivalent to sixteen semester hours) for the complete four year program.
MAR1 1001C: Leadership and Personal Development
Introduces to personal challenges and competencies critical to effective leadership; teaches personal development life skills relative to leadership, officership, and Army profession; focuses on gaining understanding of ROTC Program and its purpose in Army.
MAR2 1002C: Introduction to Tactical Leadership
Presents leadership basics (eg: setting direction, problem-solving, listening, briefs, giving feedback and use of effective writing skills); explores dimensions of leadership values, attributes, skills and actions in context of practical hands-on exercises.
AFR1 1101: Foundations of U.S. Air Force
Introduction to the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) and the United States Air Force (USAF) including lessons in officership and professionalism as well as an introduction to communication. A minimum of 80 percent attendance is required for a passing grade. First semester of a four semester sequence. Four semesters required for one course credit.
AFR2 1120: Foundations of U.S. Air Force
Introduction to the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) and the United States Air Force (USAF) including lessons in officership and professionalism as well as an introduction to communication. A minimum of 80 percent attendance is required for a passing grade. Second semester of a four semester sequence. Four semesters required for one course credit.
MAR1 2101C: Innovative Team Leadership
Explores creative and innovative tactical leadership strategies and styles. Develops knowledge of leadership values and attributes by understanding Army rank, structure, and duties. Broadens knowledge of land navigation and squadtactics.
MAR2 2102C: Foundations of Tactical Leadership
Examines challenges of leading tactical teams in complex current operating environment; highlights dimensions of terrain analysis, patrolling and operation orders; develops greater self-awareness, communication and team building skills.
AFR3 2130: History of Air & Space Power I
A study of air power from balloons and dirigibles to the space-age global positioning systems in the Persian Gulf War. Emphasis is on the employment of air power in WWI and WWII and how it affected the evolution of air power concepts and doctrine. A minimum of 80 percent attendance is required for a passing grade. Third semester of a four semester sequence. Four semesters required for one course credit.
AFR4 2140: History of Air & Space Power 2
Historical review of air power employment in military and nonmilitary operations in support of national objectives. Emphasis is on the period from post WWII to present. A minimum of 80 percent attendance is required for a passing grade. Fourth semester of a four semester sequence. Four semesters required for one course credit.
MAR1 3201C: Adaptive Team Leadership
Challenges to study, practice, and evaluate adaptive team leadership skills as demands of the ROTC LDAC are presented. Uses challenging scenarios to develop self-awareness and critical thinking skills. Provides specific feedback on leadership abilities.
MAR2 3202C: Leadership in Changing Environments
Challenges to study, practice, and evaluate adaptive leadership skills as demands of ROTC Leader Development Assessment Course are presented. Develops self-awareness and critical thinking skills with challenging scenarios. Provides feedback on leader skills. Course content will change each semester.
AFR1 3220: Air Force Leadership & Management I
An integrated management course, emphasizing the individual as a manager in an Air Force environment. The individual motivational and behavioral processes, leadership, communication, and group dynamics are covered to provide a foundation for the development of the junior officer's professional skills. A minimum of 80 percent attendance is required for a passing grade. First semester of a two semester sequence. Two semesters required for one course credit.
AFR2 3231: Air Force Leadership & Management II
A continuation of the study of Air Force advancement and leadership. Concentration is on advanced leadership topics, organizational and personal values, and military ethics. A minimum of 80 percent attendance is required for a passing grade. Second semester of a two semester sequence. Two semesters required for one course credit.
AFR 4201: National Security Forces I
A study of the Armed Forces as an integral element of society, with an emphasis on American civil-military relations and context in which U.S. defense policy is formulated and implemented. A minimum of 80 percent attendance in scheduled classes is required for a passing grade.
AFR 4211: National Security Forces II
A continuation of the study of the Armed Forces in contemporary American society. Concentration is on the requisites for maintaining adequate national security forces; constraints on the national defense structure; strategic preparedness; national security policy; and military justice. A minimum of 80 percent attendance in scheduled classes is required for a passing grade.
MAR1 4301C: Developing Adaptive Leaders
Develops ability to plan, and assess complex operations, functioning as member of a staff; provides performance feedback to subordinates; gives opportunities to assess risk, make ethical decisions, and lead fellow cadets; prepares in becoming Army officer.
MAR2 4302C: Leadership in a Complex World
Explores dynamics of leadership in complex situations of current military operations in current operating environment; examines differences in courtesies, military law, principles of war and rules of engagement in face of international terror and more.