13: ROTC, Student Affairs, and Student Services

ROTC Programs | Student Affairs | Student Services

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Air Force ROTC

The Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps (AFROTC) at the University of Virginia affords men and women students of the University the opportunity to receive training to become a commissioned officer in the United States Air Force while completing undergraduate or graduate studies. AFROTC is the largest of three programs available through the Air Force to earn a commission and serve as an officer in the United States Air Force. Air science classes may be taken as an elective by any student in what is known as a special student status. These students are not considered cadets and do not attend AIRS A (Leadership Laboratory).

Department of Air Science
Varsity Hall
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA 22903
(804) 924-6832

Students can join the program any time inside their first one and one-half academic years or before a point in their education in which they have at least two and one-half years of undergraduate or graduate studies remaining. Ideally, all four years of air science classes can be accommodated into students' schedules, and they attend a four-week summer field training encampment at an Air Force base between their second and third years. Those who miss any portion of the first two years of air science studies attend a six-week encampment.

At minimum, students attend a six-week field training encampment and then complete the last two years of AFROTC in what is known as the two-year program. There is no service obligation inside the first two years of the four-year program, unless the student earns an AFROTC scholarship. However, all students who enter into the Professional Officer's Course, the last two years, enter into a contractual obligation with the Air Force to serve on active duty upon commissioning.

After graduation and commissioning as second lieutenants in the Air Force, graduates serve in any number of technical or non-technical career fields for a four year active duty service commitment. Students who are interested and qualified can compete to become Air Force navigators or pilots. Successful pilot and navigator candidates serve eight or six year active duty service commitments respectively. Active duty may be delayed after graduation for those who wish to immediately pursue a graduate degree.

College Scholarship Program   Selected students may be offered an AFROTC scholarship which provides full college tuition, incidental fees, textbook allowances, and a tax-free monthly subsistence allowance of $150.

Air Force ROTC students take the courses listed below in numerical sequence. All air science courses require two hours weekly of practical exercise in AIRS A (Leadership Laboratory).

Course Descriptions

AIRS 110, 120 - (1) (S)
The Air Force Today

Introduction to the professional Air Force with lessons on fundamental Air Force knowledge such as career opportunities, rank structure and Air Force customs and courtesies. Communications skills are stressed through writing and speaking exercises. Taken the first two semesters.

AIRS 210, 220 - (1) (S)
The Developmental Growth of Air Power

A study of air power from balloons and dirigibles through today's aerospace systems; a historical review of air power employment in military and nonmilitary operations in support of national objectives; and a look at the evolution of air power concepts and doctrine. Taken the third and fourth semesters.

AIRS 310 - (3) (Y)
Concepts of Air Force Leadership and Management I

Students study fundamental principles of leadership and management with emphasis on applications to professional and military situations. Includes use of case studies and effective communication tools. Taken fall semester of third year.

AIRS 320 - (3) (Y)
Concepts of Air Force Leadership and Management II

Continued study of management with emphasis on quality management techniques. Students apply tools and techniques in case studies. Study of military and professional ethics and officer professional development also included.

AIRS 410 - (3) (Y)
National Security Forces in Contemporary American Society I

A study of the American national security policy and its formulation and implementation; the evolution of strategy, modes of conflict; civil-military relations and regional geopolitics. Taken fall semester of fourth year.

AIRS 420 - (3) (Y)
National Security Forces in Contemporary American Society II

A study of the military as a profession, officership, the military justice system and special topics for soon to be commissioned students. Taken spring semester of fourth year.

AIRS A - (0) (S)
Leadership Laboratory

Prerequisite: Enrollment in Air Force ROTC
A laboratory in leadership development stressing the application of leadership principles, responsibilities of the leader and affording experience through practical exercises.

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