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WHAT IS AIR FORCE ROTC?
The Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps is a supplemental academic and leadership program designed to prepare university students to serve as leaders in the United States Air Force. Ist encompasses a course of study that students take in addition to their degree program at Southeast Missouri State University.
WHO CAN APPLY?
Any full-time student, male or female, in good academic standing at Southeast, who is a U.S. citizen, in good health, and pursuing a bachelors may apply for admission to the General Military Course (GMC) – the first two years of the four-year AFROTC program. Membership in the last two years of the AFROTC program – the Professional Officer Course (POC) – is restricted to those students who are competitively selected from the GMC. Some age restrictions apply. In addition, all students may take the Aerospace Studies academic courses for elective college credit without joining AFROTC or incurring any military service obligation.
IS THERE A COMMITMENT OR OBLIGATION?
Unless you are receiving an AFROTC scholarship, there is no military commitment while you are enrolled in the GMC (the first two years of the AFROTC program).
Students receiving an AFROTC scholarship and those selected for the final two years of the AFROTC program (the POC) incur a minimum four-year active duty service commitment after graduation and commissioning. Student who volunteer and are selected for certain Air Force career fields (e.g. pilots) incur a longer commitment.
HOW MUCH TIME DOES AIR FORCE ROTC TAKE?
GMC (first 2 years): In addition to the 1 credit-hour academic class, usually no more than five hours per week. POC (last 2 years) In addition to the 3 credit-hour academic class, usually no more than six hours per week.
These hours include a mandatory two hours per week of physical fitness training, and a two hour per week Leadership Laboratory class held at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale IL (SIUC); approximately one hour from SEMO. It does not include travel time to and from the SIUC campus. SEMO students are responsible for furnishing their own transportation to attend the weekly lab at SIUC. (NOTE: SEMO students usually arrange a carpool)
WHAT CAN I EXPECT ONCE I COMPLETE AFROTC?
AIR FORCE ROTC SCHOLARSHIPS
SOUTHEAST MISSOURI STATE UNIVERSITY DORM ROOM ALLOWANCE
Many AFROTC cadets receive a dorm room scholarship of up to $3K. See Residence Life for more details.
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