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Air Force ROTC

Welcome to Air Force ROTC and Southeast Missouri State University!

The Air Force is seeking talented and motivated high school/college students who want to be Air Force officers. Air Force ROTC college program is the primary path for young men and women to become a commissioned officer. Upon graduating from college, you are commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the active duty Air Force. There is no military commitment your first two years in the program. Additionally, cadets can receive up to $3,000 housing scholarship if they live in our military learning community or $1,500 if living in other on-campus housing.

There are a wide variety of career opportunities available to choose from in The Air Force including technical, scientific, specialty and health care fields. Our program will enable you to explore the work and lifestyles of Air Force officers early in your college career. There is always a demand in the pilot, operational, and nursing fields. Use your technical skills to help design and develop the next generation fighters or protect Air Force computer systems from foreign hackers. Interested? Air Force ROTC at Southeast is the avenue in becoming an Air Force Officer.

The first two years of the program, the General Military Course (GMC), consist of one hour of classroom work, two hours of leadership laboratory, and two hours of physical conditioning each week. Upon completion of GMC requirements, cadets who wish to compete for entry into the last two years of the program, the Professional Officer Course (POC), must do so under the requirements of the POC selection system.

In the POC, cadets attend class three hours a week, participate in a weekly leadership laboratory lasting two hours, and perform two hours of physical conditioning. POC cadets conduct the leadership laboratories and manage the cadet training activities.

The focus of the academic program is as follows: 1st year students take an introductory course covering general Air Force topics. 2nd year students take a course in Air Force history. 3rd year students focus on leadership, management styles, and communications skills. 4th year students focus on AF doctrine, national defense policy, geo-politics, and area studies.

Air Force ROTC is easy to join. Just sign up for our classes at the same time you are setting up your class schedule. Build your class schedule around your ROTC classes: AS100 (class) and AS199 (leadership lab). While our classes are held at Southeast, Leadership Lab is held each week at SIU-Carbondale. Cadets car pool there once a week.

If you are thinking about serving your country in any capacity or joining a world class winning team, then visit our office on campus and find out more about Air Force ROTC and its operation at Southeast.

Please call at (573) 651-2184 or e-mail at

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Air Force ROTC
One University Plaza, MS 5915
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701