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USF 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog - Pages 179 - 180

Aerospace Studies - Air Force ROTC

Course Descriptions

Location/Phone: BEH 360; (813) 974-3367
Office Hours: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday
Web Address: http://web.usf.edu/~airforce/

The Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps (AFROTC) curriculum includes 12-16 course hours of instruction by active duty Air Force officers over a one- to four-year period. A student who completes the AFROTC program will receive an Air Force commission as a second lieutenant and is guaranteed a position in the active duty Air Force at a starting pay of approximately $36,000 per year.

AFROTC is offered as a one-, two-, three-, or four-year program. The three- and four-year programs normally require a student to successfully complete all degree requirements for award of a bachelor’s degree, 14 or 16 course hours of AFROTC classes respectively, and a four-week field training encampment between his/her sophomore and junior years. The two-year program gives students who do not enroll in AFROTC during their freshman and sophomore years the opportunity of taking AFROTC. Students should apply for the two-year program by December of the sophomore year. The one-year program is provided to students entering their senior year - per the needs of the Air Force. The student attends a five-week field training encampment in the summer prior to program entry. Upon entering the program, the students then complete all undergraduate degree requirements, and 12 credit hours of AFROTC courses.

ROTC students take a 1.8 hour non-credit leadership laboratory in addition to the academic classes. Students wear the Air Force uniform during these periods and are taught customs and courtesies of the Air Force. Leadership Laboratory is open to students who are members of the Reserve Officer Training Corps or are eligible to pursue a commission as determined by the Professor of Aerospace Studies.

AFROTC 4, 3, 2, and 1-year scholarships are available for eligible applicants. These scholarships pay all tuition, fees, books, and a $250-$400 per month tax-free stipend. Non-scholarship sophomores are eligible for the General Military Course Incentive, receive up to $1,500 in tuition. Non-scholarship students in the final two years of the program are eligible for the Professional Officer Course Incentive (POCI) and a monthly $350-$400 tax-free stipend. Qualified POCI students receive up to $3,850 a year which covers tuition, fees, and books. Those interested in more information about scholarship criteria should contact the AFROTC Department.

Students interested in enrolling in the programs can begin registration procedures through the ROTC office in BEH 360 or by 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. The AFROTC phone number is (813) 974-3367.

Minor in Aerospace Studies

In order for the student to minor in Aerospace Studies a minimum GPA of 2.0 is required in all courses used to satisfy the minor. A minimum of 12 semester hours of the 16 semester hours required must be earned at USF. Grades less than “C” (GPA of 2.0) or “S” grades will not be accepted. Students will not be able to use credit through exam or independent study for application to the minor. This program will provide the student an understanding of management and leadership concepts as they relate to military officers. In addition, students will analyze the evolution of American defense policy and strategy. Special emphasis is placed on developing the student’s communication skills.

Specific Course Requirements for the Minor:

  1. Total credit hours required: (16)

  2. Required courses:
    AFR 3220 Air Force Leadership and Management I (3)
    AFR 3231 Air Force Leadership and Management II (3)
    AFR 4201 National Security Forces in Contemporary American Society I (3)
    AFR 4211 National Security Forces in Contemporary American Society II (3)

  3. Other specifications: combination of 4 credit hours from any of the military elective courses below:
    AFR 1101 The Air Force Today: Organization and Doctrine (1)
    AFR 1120 The Air Force Today: Structure and Roles (1)
    AFR 2130 U.S. Air Power: Ascension to Prominence (1)
    AFR 2140 U.S. Air Power: Key to Deterrence (1)
    AFR 2940 Basic Aerospace Internship

    Optional Courses:
    MSL 1001C Fundamentals of Officership (2)
    MSL 1002C Basic Leadership (2)
    MSL 2101 Leadership and Teamwork (2)
    MSL 2102 Leadership and Teamwork (2)
    MSL 3201C Leadership and Problem Solving (3)
    MSL 3202C Leadership and Ethics (3)
    MSL 4302C Officership (3)

Aerospace Studies Faculty

Professor: Robert J. Butler; Assistant Professors: Bob Ingraham, Honoré Spencer, Michael Wilson.

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Effective Date: Semester I, 2004