Aerospace Studies (AFROTC)
The Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps (AFROTC) provides precommission training for college men and women who desire to serve as commissioned officers in the United States Air Force. When combined with the academic disciplines offered at the college level, the program provides the student a broad-based knowledge of management, leadership, and technical skills required for a commission and subsequent active duty service in the Air Force. A minor in aerospace studies (reference number 304) is now available to students. Contact the aerospace studies advisor for course requirements.
Graduates are commissioned as Second Lieutenants and are called to active duty within 60 days. Educational delays may be granted for non-flying graduates who desire to pursue advanced degrees prior to entry on active duty. The main objectives of producing officers through the AFROTC program are:
1. To procure officers with a broad educational base.
2. To provide a basic military education for college students.
3. To teach fundamentals and techniques of leadership, management and decision-making.
4. To develop, in conjunction with other academic disciplines, individual character and attributes required of a
commissioned officer in the United States Air Force.
Air Force ROTC Program
How do I enroll?
In cooperation with Tennessee State University, located in Nashville, TN, an opportunity is available for Western
Kentucky University (WKU) students to participate in the Air Force ROTC Program. Simply call the detachment
(615.963.5931) and ask for a Cross-Town Application. Mail this short application and your unofficial transcripts with
your immunization records back to Detachment 790. The program provides training and education that will develop
skills and attitudes vital to the professional Air Force Officer. In this program students are eligible to compete for
scholarships (2.5+ GPA) and receive the same benefits and privileges as full-time students enrolled at TSU. In
addition to the above, Western Kentucky University grants two room and board scholarships each year to winners of
four-year or three and one-half year AFROTC scholarships.
Curriculum - The General Military Course (GMC) is 1 credit hr and is composed of the first four semesters of aerospace studies (AERO) and is for freshmen and sophomores. The Professional Officer Course (POC) is 3 credit
hrs and constitutes the final four semesters of AFROTC study and enrolls juniors and seniors.
Civil Air Patrol Squadron - A centralized flying program for AFROTC cadets conducted at any time while they are
enrolled in AFROTC. Training consists of eight hours of flying instruction in a light, single-engine aircraft. Objectives
of the program are to train and motivate qualified cadets toward a rated (flying) career, and to introduce the cadets to
the aviation career field.
Students who participate in the Air Force ROTC program must be enrolled as a student at WKU (or other cross-town
college). The student is also jointly enrolled as a TSU student and participates in Aerospace Studies at TSU. For
more information, contact the Unit Admissions Officer at (615) 963-5977 or check the website at www.tnstate.edu/rotc or www.afrotc.com.
Six-week Field Training Course: This course is designed to qualify the student who has not had GMC courses for
enrollment into the POC (AERO 351). Primarily, it enables students who are unable to enroll in the GMC an
opportunity to pursue the advanced course and thereby receive a commission in two years of study, coincident with
the conferral of the baccalaureate degree.
Four-week Field Training Course: This course is designed for the cadet who has completed the entire GMC
coursework and Leadership Lab. The four-week Field Training Course prepares the cadet for enrollment into the
POC. This would include prior enlisted members.
Both: These courses constitute the cadets first extended exposure to an actual Air Force environment. Activities
include survival training, junior officer training, aircraft and aircrew indoctrination, physical training, career orientation,
small arms familiarization, first aid training and a first-hand look at the organization and functions of an active Air
The following are prerequisites for entry into the AFROTC Professional Officers Course (POC). The student must:
1. Have either completed the General Military Course (GMC) or the six-week Field Training Course. The GMC
may be accredited for certain prior military service applicants who meet specific criteria.
2. Have two academic years of college remaining (either undergraduate, working on second degree, or
graduate degree) as a full-time student.
3. Have achieved a qualifying score on the AFOQT.
4. Execute a written agreement to complete the program and successfully complete the applicable Field
Training Course and accept an Air Force Reserve Commission, when tendered.
5. Be selected by the Professor of Aerospace Studies (PAS).
6. Meet certain specified age requirements.
All students enrolled in the AFROTC programs are provided textbooks and uniforms at no expense. POC students
(juniors and seniors) and all scholarship students receive a monthly subsistence allowance of up to $400 tax-free.
Those cadets who attend Field Training are also paid air travel to and from the encampment, plus a stipend based on current active duty pay scales (approximately $450-$650).
Arnold Air Society - A national society of AFROTC cadets who excel in character, academics, and exhibit interests
in the study of aerospace technology meets at TSU.
Advisor: Dr. Kenneth Crawford
Phone: (270) 745-4449